I play the flute. I like playing the flute. Playing the flute is fun. But I also have some issues with playing the flute. I’m going to tell you what they are.
1. You can’t really play quietly.
To make any noise at all, it takes a lot of effort. And that much effort means that it is rather loud at times. I know some people are skilled enough to play quietly, but I am not one of them.
2. If you want to play somewhere, you have to take it with you.
Guitars are great, because everyone has one, and you can share. That’s the case with most other instruments too. If someone has one, you can play theirs. But you can’t share flutes. At least with clarinets and stuff, you can use a different reed, but flutes? Nope. At least it’s easier to carry around than a double bass (although you can share those).
3. There’s so many different things that you have to focus on at once.
There’s the normal stuff, like speed and all that. But you also have to focus on breathing. And tone. And pitch. Some notes use exactly the same fingers, but are entire octaves apart.
4. There’s no flute music anywhere.
I got a voucher for a music store for my birthday a few years ago. In the piles and piles and piles of piano and guitar music, there were three books of flute music. This is why I have become extremely good at transcription.
5. Some songs just don’t sound good on flute.
Half the time, when I finally get music for certain songs, it just doesn’t sound right.
6. You can’t sing while playing the flute.
I may have possibly tried it a few times.
7. The littlest things can affect how you sound.
Mouth too dry? Doesn’t sound right. Humid day? You have to tune it differently (I’m not kidding). Got a cold? Hahaha have fun with that.
8. It’s exhausting.
To get more breath out of your lungs, you have to stand. I don’t do well with standing for long periods of time. And you have to hold your arms up. Plus my pinky always ends up bent weirdly. When I went busking, I ended up with really sore back and shoulders. Playing the flute is actually physically painful at times.
9. It’s hard.
Based on what I know, I’m going to say that the flute is one of the hardest instruments to play (common Western instruments, that is).
But really, I love my flute. It’s nice to be unique in what I play, and it is a nice sounding instrument.
What are your least favourite things about the instrument that you play? Which instrument do you think would be the hardest? I’m curious to hear your thoughts!