How to Play High Notes on Flute

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The flute is categorized as a woodwind instrument. Sound is produced by blowing over the mouthpiece. When producing sound on the flute, you have to put your lips together in the shape of a small "o." You need to adjust this shape depending on which types of notes you play. When you play low notes on the flute, your lips don't need to be as tight. However, as you play higher notes, your lips need to be tighter. In order to play high notes on the flute, adjust your mouth position, make sure that you have the correct hand position, place your fingers entirely over the keys and blow with a more forceful stream of air.

Things You'll Need

  • Flute
  • Scale book
  • Adjust your mouth position. In order to play high notes on the flute, you need to bring your lips closer together. This will enable you to have a tighter mouth position.

  • Check your fingering. The high notes on the flute often have different fingering than the lower notes. For example, the both lower octave B flats are played with the left thumb, the left index finger, the right index finger and the right pinky. However, the high B flat is fingered with the left thumb, the right index finger and the right pinky. In order to make sure that you have the correct fingering, use the fingering charts. The fingering charts can be found in scale books or online.

  • Place your fingers entirely over the keys. If you are playing an open hole flute, then you need to make sure that your fingers are covering the holes on the keys. If your fingers are not over the holes, then the sound will not be produced.

  • Blow with a forceful, constant stream of air. In order to play high notes on the flute, you need to blow harder than you would for producing the lower notes.

  • Practice changing octaves. To better understand how to change your blowing, fingering and mouth position for the higher notes, transition from a low note to a high note. For example, play the low B flat, and then the high B flat. Do this until your transition is not choppy.

  • Do scales. In order to play high notes on the flute, practice scales that involve the higher octaves. By playing scales, you will be able to focus more on your technique.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can purchase a scale book online or at a music store.

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