Flute Assembly, Care and playing

Maybe you played in school and wanted to get back into it again, maybe you always wanted to play but never had the time. Whatever your reason, our guide to playing the Flute can help.

Maybe you played in school and wanted to get back into it again, maybe you always wanted to play but never had the time. Whatever your reason, our guide to playing the Flute can help.

At first glance, flutes look very similar to each other, but there are differences when it comes to materials used. Entry level products are usually made of lighter and thinner metal alloys with a silver plating, as you progress through the range you will find that the tone, sustain and warmth of the flute becomes apparent due to the materials used. This normally follows the range of solid silver lip plate, head joint and finally a full body solid construction. All of our flutes have been hand picked by our specialists and can be viewed here

If you are looking to start playing using an existing instrument that may have been left in a cupboard or loft, we recommend that you initially check the keywork, if this isn’t working correctly then you probably won’t be able to play properly (check for wobbles, clicks and squeaks… anything that might stop the keys from sealing onto the main body of the instrument. On most good quality Flutes the keywork can be adjusted or repaired but on some cheap models this is not possible. If you have a problem bring it to us where one of our experts can check it over and if necessary prepare a quote for any repairs.


There are three parts to a flute

A – Main body section, usually with the G# pointing inwards

B – The smaller foot joint section with the little finger keys pointing inwards

C – The headjoint section with the liplate pointing inwards

Ensure that you handle the flute with a degree of care and avoid placing too much force upon the keys

When lining up the head and body joints, we’re looking for the hole on the lip plate to be lined up with the first key of the body joint. Some beginner flutes have little arrows on the edge of each joint to help you line it up correctly.

The foot joint fits onto the other end of the body. Again, this needs to be assembled by twisting the two joints gently together. It is especially important that both joints meet at a straight angle, as if not, this can cause damage to the flute.

When lining up the foot and body joints, we’re looking for the first key of the foot joint to be on a slight angle (towards the right) with the keys of the body.

When you’ve finished playing, Disassemble your flute using the same technique outlined above. Remember to twist the joints apart gently and remember to never force them. 


Through general playing, moisture builds up in the instrument and can cause damage if the correct methods are not applied. 

Cleaning swab/stick/pull through should be used after each session of playingThe swab is either a cloth with a string weight that should be dropped into the instrument and pulled through to the top of the main bodor a swab and stick that is pushed through the inner body. 

Pad savers are also available, this product stays in the instrument to absorb moisture from the pads for a short period of time. The pad saver should not be left in for long periods of time (eg. weeks as the moisture can build up in the fibres and create mold on the pads – they are most effective when placed in the Flute directly after playing and taken out a few hours later). Most student Flutes come with a polishing cloths to wipe away finger marks from tarnishing the silver finish over time

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