If you are a new flute player, you are likely trying to find easy flute songs that you know! When you have a limited note range this can be hard but rest assured there are some famous easy flute songs you can learn to play as your very first songs.
So let’s look at some great beginner friendly flute songs and get you learning your very first pieces.
Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns is a very classic song that we all know associated with Easter time! This is a great song to begin your flute music journey as it actually only consists of three notes. The first three notes that you learn!
The notes I am talking about are B, A and G.
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Another easy song to get you on your way is Mary had a little lamb. There are two versions of this, you can begin with the version that simply uses B, A and G. Or you can add in a middle D. Middle D is a slightly trickier note as it requires quite a few more fingers to be pressed down but this song is a great place to start using this note!
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
If you master the use of middle D in Mary had a little lamb, then twinkle twinkle little star is another great piece to learn. This piece increases the note range slightly more with the addition of not only the middle D, but C and Bb as well!
If you want to extend your note range further then look no further than happy birthday! This is a great first song as it is so well known. However, the middle of this song does include an octave leap so this will take a bit more practice!
Another famous song to learn is jingle bells! You have the option of including the verse at the start but it is also possible to simply play the chorus! This piece uses many of the same notes as the pieces seen above.
Yankee Doodle is another great simple song to add to your repertoire. This piece uses simple rhythms such as quarter notes and eighth notes with very simple notes. It is a very famous American folk song that makes it a great place to start on your flute!
Want to try Classical music?
There are many examples of simple classical music you can add to your repertoire as well. Here are some great examples:
Ode To Joy – Beethoven
Ode to Joy by Beethoven was originally written for orchestra and comes from the fourth movement of his Ninth Symphony. However, the beautiful melody is a great solo piece for beginner flautists.
Ave Maria – Schubert
Another beautiful piece of music is Ave Maria by Franz Schubert. This piece of music has slightly more complex rhythms than other pieces we have discussed in this blog, but the note range is great for beginner flautists. This pieces sounds beautiful!
Easy Flute Songs: What to Focus on
When flute players first start learning, it is most usual begin in the middle range, so when looking for flute music at this beginning stage, you are looking for music that stays within this middle range. Avoid higher notes for now! It is also important for beginner flutists to avoid wide leaps for now as well as the flexibility to get between higher and lower notes can be quite tricky. Gradually work on building your technique and you will find yourself with a large repertoire of flute music in no time!
The most important aspect of flute playing you should focus on is your air support/ breath control as without this you will simply not develop a good sound. It is essential to have a consistent stream of air and a properly set embouchure (mouth position). Using easy songs to begin your journey gives you the ability to really set these key skills in place.
Want to try Popular Songs?
When learning the flute it is so nice to play music that you recognise and enjoy. For many of us, this is our favourite popular song! It can be quite tricky to find flute sheet music that is easy enough for a beginner to play, but I recommend the best place to find music for this is from Tomplay. TomPlay is a great app that allows you to play these famous pieces using a backing track.
The app allows you to adjust the level (easy, intermediate, advanced) so you can play almost any popular song you can think of! You also have the option to play many of these pieces at a slower tempo which can make it much easier in your practice sessions. Some of my favorites are:
- Stay with Me – Sam Smith
- My Heart Will go on, the theme song from Titanic
- We will rock you – Queen
- Firework – Katy Perry
- Fight Song – Rachel Platten
- Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
- Havana – Camila Cabello
- 7 Years- Luka Graham
- Bad Guy – Billie EIlish
- Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
- Don’t Stop Believing – Journey
- Star Wars theme song
- You’ve got a Friend in Me
- The James Bond Theme
There are so many more options for flute songs for beginners on this app as well!