I'm turning 13 and I'm currently playing level 8 piano RCM. I can read notes and do intermediate theory..
I've been thinking to start learning a second instrument for band next year. I thought of the flute.. pros and cons of a flute?
Do you think the flute is a good second instrument for a pianist?
Any other band instruments suggestion?
I'm not wearing braces, and I have full grown adult teeth. I don't know if this will help but I'm also a swimmer so will the breathing be easier?
Any tips would be great, and I don't have much money and I'm not looking for a professional flute or anything.. but just a flute that I can play on at home for leisure and practice. I live in a really small city and I can't go out of city, so I have to order online.. http://www.dhgate.com/product/muramatsu-flute-16-hole-silver-flute-c-tune/100609669.html#s1-2-1|3534804578 Are MURAMATSU JAPAN flutes good? Will I be able to play this flute for 2-3 ish years? Any other low-budget okay-ish flutes (brands) ?
If you do get a Muramatsu, you don't have to worry about getting another instrument for many years. The lowest-end Muramatsu is already considered a semi-professional flute (although I find that the EX plays better than their all-silver model).If you don't want to spend close to $4000 on your first flute, look into Yamaha or a Sonare.
Doesn't your band have instruments to lend out? If you aren't even sure if you like the flute, I wouldn't recommend you to go and buy one straight away.
If you are absolutely sure though, I'd say go with a student model. You might not even get sound out of pro flutes (which Muramatsu flutes are) and those are more expensive too. I've noticed people here recommend Pearl, Yamaha, Jupiter, brands like that. I'm a fan of Trevor James myself.
I think there isn't such thing as an easy wind instrument. If you like the flute, it's as good as any other option. If you are a piano player, pit instruments (xylo, glockenspiel, etc.) would come pretty naturally to you.
My flute teacher used to say that swimming helps with breathing, by the way.
Hi, don't buy a flute offline, please for the love of god. Always try something first. Since you are new to wind instruments, please do not buy a pro level flute. You may not even be able to get a sound out of it ( I'd been playing only a few months, went to a convention, could not even get a note out of a platnimum clad muramatsu) Start with a nice solid begginer flute, I recommend the yamaha 220 flute, The Pearl quantz 50O or 505, or a Jupiter Capitol Edition.