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How to play flute for beginners: Learn playing the flute

Getting started with playing the flute is a challenge. How to play flute for beginners: Learn playing the flute course can help you improve your flute performance skills.

Have you wanted to learn how to play the flute for a long time? This how-to-play flute for beginners course is for you if you have! You'll learn everything about playing the flute in this complete knowledge you need to know about being a great flute player in this course, including:

Selecting the right flute for your needs for practicing.

Reading the music staff for notes, scales, rhythms, dynamics, and articulations

Playing well-known songs

But still having a great time!

Basic Flute Lessons: 

This how-to-play flute for beginners course aims to provide you with master tips and tricks for getting used to improving your flute skills. If you're new to playing the flute, keep in mind that it can take anywhere from a year or more to feel completely at ease with your flute and be capable of playing it easily, and it's just talking about the flute.

Even though you can start learning music as soon as you can play the notes, it takes a lot longer. However, once you've gotten used to the flute and your ear has adjusted, you'll be able to compose your own songs as well as play any songs you know by ear.


The instrument is a keyless transverse flute made of bamboo that is one of India's oldest musical instruments. Both hands' fingers are used to close and open the holes. It has a blowing hole near one end and eight finger holes that are close together.

The instrument is available in a variety of sizes. The venu is a revered instrument, and those who play it are supposed to respect it. Since being able to play it is regarded as a blessing.

With the aid of over-blowing and cross-fingering, the venu may produce two and a half octaves. The flute, like the human voice, is monophonic and has a two-and-a-half octave range of sound reproduction. The development of a variety of Gamakas, which are significant in the performance of raga-based music, is possible by sliding the fingers on and off the holes.

How to hold flute: 

Playing the flute requires a delicate balancing act. If you're right-handed, close the first three holes with your left hand's first three fingers, and put your thumb on the lower side of the flute.

The first three fingers of the right hand should cover the lower holes, and the little finger should be on the same side of the flute as the first three. The thumb of the right hand should be on the lower side of the flute. If you are a left-handed male, the situation is reversed.

When all of the holes are open, balance the bansuri on one side with your lips and right-hand little finger, and on the other side with the thumbs of both hands. Because of these balancing issues, it takes time to balance properly, particularly when going from all holes open to all holes closed.


Since the flute is a tonic instrument, it must be tuned properly. A flute is required to help you recognize 12 notes in ascending and descending order. To play western music on your flute, you'll need to tune it.

To find the exact frequency of your notes, use the tuner below. It can be used to create a more precise and better sound. 

Blowing technique: 

If you've never played a wind instrument before, you might find it difficult to get some sound out of the flute. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to producing a good tone from an instrument; it varies from person to person. The blow-hole should aim skywards, and the lower lip should cover 1/3rd of the hole before attempting to blow air into it so that more air enters the hole than escapes.

The blow-hole should aim skywards, and the lower lip should cover 1/3rd of the hole before attempting to blow air into it so that more air enters the hole than escapes. Rotate the bansuri to make the blow-hole smaller or larger before you find the right spot. After a lot of practice and effort, you'll reach your sweet level, where you can get the sound you want.

Blowing is regulated by the size of the lip hole, also known as embouchure; larger lip holes are better for low notes, whereas smaller lip holes are better for higher notes. The note that will be played is determined by the speed of the air.

How To Play the Flute:

An actual flute, the transverse bansuri. However, instead of blowing directly into the opening, you must use an embouchure that blows through it. The bansuri tips that follow will assist you in getting started with the instrument.

Maintain a slight downward angle with the flute by keeping it horizontally.

Use the pads of your fingers to fill the gaps.

Cover about a fifth of the embouchure hole with your mouth.

Blow a narrow swath of air.

Begin each articulation with the syllable ‘Puh.'

If you're on a western C or Dizi, don't go as far down.

Finger Techniques:

Basic finger exercises for the left hand:

1. Check to see if the student or flutist is holding the flute correctly and has proper posture. If at all necessary, students or flutists should stand during class. A mirror can also be helpful in allowing students to see and change their own fingers.

2. Placing the flute on the pupil's lip is a good idea. Get them to switch their fingers from G to A without blowing.

3. The middle of the key should have the fleshy sections of the fingertips. You won't be able to play unless you use an open-holed flute. On a closed-hole flute, however, students can get away with murder! The G and A fingers are notorious for moving to the key's side.

4. When they do this, does the flute shift at all? If that doesn't work, try A to B, then B to C.

5. Since the LH thumb comes off for C, B to C is more difficult: make sure the flute is still balanced! Perhaps worse, C to C sharp has a tendency to have a few balance issues.

Basic finger exercises for the right hand:

1. Now do the same thing with your right hand. Start by going from D to E, then from E to F and F sharp, and finally from F or F sharp to G.

2. The RH thumb slipping forward is a dangerous point because it throws the balance off and forces the RH fingers to step into awkward positions. Make sure the fleshy parts of the tips are in the center of the buttons, much like the LH fingers.

3. Also, make sure you Still use the D sharp key when you need it.

The following are some of the health benefits of playing the Bansuri:

• Playing the flute has many health benefits, the most important of which is strengthening the lungs and increasing lung capacity.

• The diaphragm, abdominal, and heart muscles of the body are all exercised when playing the flute.

• Dexterity and hand strength are improved.

• Flute playing is similar to Pranayama and meditation in that it promotes calmness and relaxation.

• Flute-playing induces a meditative state in the brain, which reduces tension.

The Flute's History

The flute (Venu) is one of the three original instruments intended for music in Indian mythology and folklore, along with the human sound and the Veena (vaani-veena-venu). It's odd, though, that the traditional flute that the Lord plays isn't given a name.

The venu is often portrayed as being played by the Hindu god Krishna. This flute is mostly used in India's south. Sri Venugopala is the name of Lord Vishnu.

Flutes have a normal "cut" or discontinuity when moving from the lowest note to the highest note due to the fundamental physics of sound creation. On a Carnatic flute, this discontinuity occurs between the notes "ga" and "ma," and on a Hindustani flute, it appears between "Ma" and "Pa." (mainly because of the fingering technique differences).

Certain changes were needed to adapt the flute to Carnatic music, such as the addition of a seventh hole, the use of thicker-walled bamboos, and the technique of raising the head to adjust the angle of embouchure while moving between "ga" and "ma" notes. These innovations enabled musicians to perform Carnatic ragas with all of the requisite Gamakas and ornamentations while maintaining the raga's "Bhaava."

Bansuri is the Hindustani term for this theme (6 Holes). It's known as Flute in Carnatic music (8 holes).

What you'll learn

  • Assemble a flute and take care of it.
  • Form a solid, correct flute embouchure.
  • Learn to read and understand music notation.
  • Play a variety of well-known melodies and songs.
  • Perform a variety of major scales
  • Almost every note on the flute can be recognized and played.


  • Flute/Bansuri
  • A basic understanding of music theory and notation is needed.
  • • How to play flute for beginners: Learn playing the flute course is intended for people who have never taken a class before. To get started, you don't need any previous experience with the flute or music
  • • How to play flute for beginners: Learn playing the flute course is NOT for students who already know a few flute scales and songs
  • Students who want to advance in their studies
  • Adults who are learning
  • Students who do not have access to a private music instructor
Course Content
16 Lessons | 2:00 Total hours
Beginners Bansuri Tutorial
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I am Anjani Kumar Gupta from Patna Bihar. I have been a music-savvy since my childhood who always got support from mother and brothers support for music. My journey with flute began in 1980 when I was in 7th standard. I got the golden chance to learn from Mohammad Fahimulla Khan Sahab who was one of the best flute player in Bihar.

For 1 year, I also got guidance from his brother PirBaksh Khan Saheb, who was a Shahnai player in Patna radio. In 1985, I joined Guru Rama Raman Bihari Ji, who was one of the great flute player in Bihar. With music as my passion, I completed my master's degree in Music and flute in 1995. Music is very special to me. I knew it is my ultimate destiny. I have been teaching flute since 1990. With the world getting digitalized and the Internet is the best way to get connected to people. Keeping this thing in mind, in 2014 I decided to come to this online platform and Teach Flute / Bansuri Online.