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Best Flutes for Beginners

So you want to learn how to play the flute? Once you've been bitten by the flute bug, the first step in starting your own flutelyfe journey is to acquire a flute!


In this blog post, I share my top three student flute recommendations for beginners, focusing on models from renowned brands Pearl, Gemeinhardt, and Yamaha, known for their quality and beginner-friendliness. Choosing your first flute can be overwhelming, so I've simplified it for you with these great options. Don’t forget to watch my YouTube video to hear these flutes in action, helping you make an informed choice for your musical journey.






Where should you buy a beginner flute?

Exploring your options for a beginner flute? You have several paths to consider. While used flutes found at yard sales or online platforms like Facebook Marketplace and eBay can be budget-friendly, they may require costly repairs if not in good condition. Be vigilant about their quality. You might also come across beginners upgrading to intermediate flutes, looking to sell their hopefully well-maintained instrument at a reasonable price. For more options, check out groups like 'Flutes for Sale' on Facebook, a handy resource for budding flutists.


Another option is to rent a flute from your local music shop. This can be a good option for students who aren’t quite 100% committed to flute lessons or those who just want to dip their toes in the waters of learning an instrument. Get a few rental quotes from different music stores nearby and see if the cost of renting makes sense for you. I think that if the student isn’t fully committed to learning the instrument, renting makes the most sense financially, not to mention you won’t end up with a poor flute collecting dust in your closet! 


The third option is to purchase a new beginner-model flute. This ensures you get an instrument in pristine condition, free from the need for immediate repairs. Plus, many music shops offer warranties for added peace of mind. The Flute Center, which is a company that I have worked with extensively over the years and recommend to all of my students, offers a complimentary 12-month Standard Service Guarantee on all flutes purchased through them! This gives new students greater control over their instrument's quality and longevity.




What is the difference between a beginner or student flute and an intermediate or professional model flute?

Beginner or student flutes are designed to be practical, durable, and affordable. They have closed-hole keys and a C footjoint and are made from silver-plated nickel. On the other hand, intermediate flutes have extra features, such as open hole keys or French keys, a B foot joint, and may even include additional features such as a gizmo key, C-sharp trill key, or split E mechanism. Intermediate flutes also incorporate solid silver, which allows for a better sound quality. 


If that all sounds confusing, don’t worry! To put it simply, beginner or student flutes are less expensive than intermediate flutes due to having fewer features and being made from less expensive materials. 



What brand of student flute is right for me?

When it comes to buying your first student flute, there are many brands to choose from. Each brand has its own unique features and qualities. Here are three great choices from three popular flute brands: Pearl, Gemeinhardt, and Yamaha.


Pearl Flutes

Pearl is a well-known brand in the flute industry. They offer a wide range of flutes for beginners, intermediate players, and professionals. Pearl flutes are known for their high-quality craftsmanship and beautiful tone. They are made with precision and attention to detail, ensuring that each flute produces a clear and resonant sound.


Pearl student flute
photo courtesy of the Flute Center

This flute is designed for beginners and is known for its ease of playability.


The Pearl Student Series Flute Model 200 has the following features:

-silver-plated headjoint, body, and footjoint

-closed-hole keys

-offset g key

-c footjoint







Gemeinhardt Flutes

Gemeinhardt is another reputable brand in the flute industry. They have been producing flutes for over 70 years and are known for their consistent quality and craftsmanship. Gemeinhardt flutes are popular among beginners and intermediate players. 


Gemeinhardt 2SP flute
photo courtesy of the Flute Center

One very popular model from Gemeinhardt is the Gemeinhardt 2SP flute. This flute is a great choice for beginners due to its affordability and durability.


The Gemeinhardt 2SP flute features:

-silver-plated headjoint, body, and footjoint

-closed-hole keys

-offset g key

-c footjoint




Yamaha Flutes

Yamaha is a well-respected brand in the music industry, known for producing high-quality instruments. Their flutes are no exception! Yamaha flutes are known for their excellent intonation, ease of playability, and durability.


A great choice for beginner flute students is the Yamaha YFL-222 flute (formally known as Yamaha YFL-221). This flute is designed for beginners and is known for its reliable performance. However, unlike the previously mentioned flutes, it does feature pointed key arms which is a feature normally reserved for intermediate and higher flutes. It features a nickel-silver headjoint, body, and footjoint, and has bright and clear tone. 


Yamaha YFL-222
photo courtesy of the Flute Center

The Yamaha YFL-222 flute features:

silver-plated headjoint, body, and footjoint

-closed-hole keys

-offset g key

-c footjoint

-pointed key arms










In Conclusion

Are you ready to choose your first flute? Remember, it's crucial to pick a model that aligns with your needs and budget. While Pearl, Gemeinhardt, and Yamaha are reputable brands known for their quality beginner flutes, they're not the only options. Explore various brands, as each has unique features and qualities. Trying different models to find the one that feels right and sounds beautiful to you is key. Don’t hesitate to seek advice from a flute teacher or professional; their insights can be invaluable. Ultimately, the goal is to discover a flute that not only fits your needs but also brings joy and enhances your musical journey. Happy flute shopping!


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