How to tune the flute by ear?



Asked by: Lori Pelz

Can you learn to play the flute by ear?





This is more of a common question than you think. And the answer is yes, yes you can learn to play by ear, and no you don’t need to be born with this ability.

How do I tune my flute?

The next thing you want you to do is to warm up the instrument a little bit if you just put the flute together. And turn on the tuner.

What note should I tune my flute with?

So, A440 or A4 we could say (also known as the Stuttgart pitch), which has a frequency of 440 Hz, this is the musical note of A above middle C (if you play piano, you know that middle C, this is the A above that). And serves as a general tuning standard for musical pitch.

How do I know if my flute is tuned?

Knowing if your flute is flat or sharp will determine how you get it back into tune.

  1. “Flat” refers to a pitch that is slightly lower than it is supposed to be. …
  2. “Sharp” means that your pitch is slightly higher than it is supposed to be.





Is playing by ear a gift?

Playing by Ear: People who can play by ear are born with some innate musical talent that others don’t have. This really gets to the heart of why people get so hung up on this. People like feeling like they were born with a magical gift that makes them special.

Is playing by ear hard?

For most of us, playing by ear just takes time and practice.



It’s not a difficult thing to do per se, but that’s only because there isn’t one big master formula you can try to master to learn it. It comes organically, through familiarizing yourself with how your instrument sounds.

Why is my flute always flat?

You are trying to check your tuning with a cold flute in a cold room. It takes a few moments for a flute to come up to pitch if it is cold. If you are trying to tune a cold flute, it will always sound flat. So, before tuning, close all the keys and breathe slowly through the closed tube to warm it up.