Finding Your Flute Playing Niche

Woodland Flutist

Finding Your Niche

You will develop a style in flute playing for whichever type of music you play most.  Not a surprise.  But not something a lot of flute players think about.  Especially in the early stages.  It pays to consider this because few musicians, even at the highest level, can be good at multiple types of music.  The type of music you play may even influence the type of flute you buy.

Beginning flutists will be limited in the types of music they are able to play.  Most beginners will learn to play folk tunes and excerpts from baroque or other early music.  Later, you will graduate to playing entire early music pieces.  As an intermediate, you can start to explore the French repertory,  When you become more advanced, you can push the limits of your technique and your instrument with contemporary music.  The nature each musical genre decides this progression.  Also, it is good to work your way through different types of music to build technique and explore the possibilities of the instrument.


Choose Your Flute Playing Journey

Think about the type of music you like and are good at as you make this journey.  Gradually begin to specialize.  Learn how your chosen niche is played and listen to flute playing by specialists in that genre.  Develop your own style in the type of music you have chosen.  As you become more advanced in flute playing, seek out a teacher who also specializes in your type of music.  Just as playing other instruments can mess with your flute playing, playing other types of music can mess with your style.  If you play mostly baroque it may become difficult to play contemporary for example. 

Likewise, you may at some point decide on the type of ensemble you wish to play in.  Mainly, there are small groups such as trios, quartets, etc.  Playing with a chamber orchestra would be the next step up in size.  Finally there would be playing with a full size orchestra.  As a general rule, the larger the ensemble, the wider range of music is played.  And the more versatile you need to be.

The creator of Real Flutist began specializing in early music and shifted to French and contemporary late in college.