TAKING CARE OF YOUR FLUTE
BEGINNING TO PLAY:
When you are first starting to play your flute there should be a “PLAYING IN” period. Start to play your flute for short periods at a time at first, 5-10 minutes. Moisture collects around the mouth piece and soaks into the wood. If too much moisture gets into the wood at once it is possible for the flute to split at the sides between the mouth piece and the animal totem. This will also apply if you have left your flute sitting for a long period of time. Beginners will have more moisture collect at first. Holding your flute horizontal as apposed to downward towards the floor will help in this matter as well.
My flutes are guaranteed should anything happen to them, however this is one way of preventing the most common problem.
Your strap has two sets of ties. One set is really skinny and the other is fat.
The skinny straps tie the strap that holds your totem onto the flute. You probably won’t ever have to adjust or untie these. The fat strap is the one you will use to tighten the totem onto the flute. Your flute needs to be tight in order to give you a clean, clear sound.
THE TOTEM: (WOLF)
The totem needs to sit in a certain spot to give your flute a clean, clear sound. If it is too far forward it may be squeaky, breathy, or may not make a sound at all. If it is too far back, the flute may sound very breathy or muffled.
There are two holes under your animal totem. The bottom of the front edge of the totem needs to sit on the edge closest to the mouth end on the second hole from the mouth end. Your totem could still be in this position as this is where it was when I sent it. The second hole from the mouth end should be exposed, the one closest to the mouth end should be covered.
The mouth end is the smallest end, closest to the totem.
MAINTAINING YOUR FLUTE
Moisture will collect in your flute from blowing into it. Beginners will leave more moisture in their flutes at first. There are a few ways to deal with this:
REMOVE YOUR TOTEM WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED PLAYING.
Do this by just sliding your strap and totem off of the totem. Wipe the sound holes and the bottom of the totem. Slide the totem back on, with the hanging straps hanging centered from the bottom of the flute. Tighten the strap by GENTLY pulling on the fat strap. Make sure totem is in the proper position.
STORE YOUR FLUTE WITH THE MOUTH PIECE DOWN.
Stand flute up on the mouth end, so moisture will drain out.
IF YOU ARE STILL PLAYING.
Moisture can collect while you are playing and make the sound of the flute unclear. Should this occur place finger in front of totem and blow hard into mouth end. This will remove moisture that has collected under totem and will give you a clear sound again.
NOTES ON YOUR FLUTE:
All holes closed
All holes closed except bottom one
All holes closed except bottom two
All holes closed except bottom three
Third, fifth, and sixth from bottom closed
Fourth, and sixth from bottom closed
Fourth from bottom closed
First, second, third, fourth from bottom closed
Second, third, fourth from bottom closed
WEBSITES OF INTEREST
Provides sheet music for these flutes for people who do not know how to read music and still want to learn to play songs. There will be songs that you are familiar with.