What To Look For When Choosing A Beginner Flute
When you are looking at the specifications of a flute you might want to purchase, there are a few things to consider before hitting "Buy". In this section you will learn what model to choose based on your needs.
Open Holes Or Closed Holes - What Is Best When Buying A Beginner Flute?
When choosing a beginner flute one of the decisions you have to make are whether to buy a flute with open holes or closed holes. The difference between two kinds of keys is that an open holed flute has a hole in the middle of 5 of the keys - a closed holed flute does not.
Many people claim that a tone played on an open holed flute will sound better than the same tone on a flute with closed holes. This is not the case, there is no difference in sound. The advantage of an open holed flute is that you can use alternate fingerings, do glissandos, pitch bends and play microtones (only pressing the rim of the key).
Choosing A Flute With Open Holes Has Many Advantages
Often it is recommend to start with a flute that has closed wholes I don't however agree with this. It might be slightly more difficult to get the fingering right in the beginning but in return you will learn to do you're fingering correct from the start.
Also some flutes come with small silicon plugs you can put into the holes if you are having a hard time covering them with your fingers. You can also buy more permanent plugs to cover up the holes should you wish to. As metioned I don't recommend this, you are better of learning to do your fingering right from the start.
"If you buy a flute with closed holes and later on wish to have open holes you have to buy a new flute. On the other hand, if you choose open holes from the start you have the best of both worlds. In the long run an open holed flute gives you a lot of advantages"
Offset G & Inline G Flutes - What Should A Beginner Choose?
Most modern flutes come with an offset G and this is also the model that most professionals recommend that you choose. The difference between a flute with offset and inline G is the position of the G key.
Simply put a flute with offset G get makes it easier and less straining on your hand and fingers to play the G (and the flute in general). If you have short fingers choosing a flute with offset G is even more important. Flutes with offset G have become very popular in recent years and it should also be your choice.
B Foot-Joint - What Is It And Should My Flute Have One?
The difference between a flute with a B foot-joint and a standard C foot-joint is a single note. A flute with a B foot-joint can play one more note in the lower register of the flute. Also a flute with a B Foot-Joint is known for having a more glossy and dark sound in the lower end of the register.
A flute with a C foot-joint typically has a brighter sound. Sometimes a flute with a B Foot-Joint is chosen for the tonal characteristics in the lower register rather than the technical differences.
In most flute pieces you never play the low b natural that a B foot-joint allows. Choosing a flute with a B Foot-Joint should therefore be seen as an extra option. A flute with a B Foot-Joint is more expensive than a "standard" C Foot-Joint.