Before being able to play a Yamaha flute, the beginning flautist must first become acquainted with the instrument. The first step in learning how to play the flute is getting an understanding about how it works. All flute techniques, ranging from beginner to advanced, rely on exploiting the mechanical properties of the instrument.

At its very basic, the Yamaha flute is a metal tube that creates a musical note by blowing air across a sharp edge, making the air and tube itself resonate. The player blows air towards a part of the flute called the mouthpiece that has a very distinct hole, similar to how people blow into an empty bottle. The mouthpiece in turn is located in a section of a flute called the head joint. Blowing across the mouthpiece’s hole to produce a sound is the first step in learning how to play the Yamaha flute.

The Yamaha flute also has a body and the foot joint. The head joint, body and foot joint form the entire length of the flute. The length of a flute determines the lowest pitch that the flute would sound. Shortening the length of the tube raises the pitch. In order to be able to play all the pitches in the chromatic scale, the body and foot joint are riddled with holes in order to shorten the sounding length of the Yamaha flute. The neoprene-padded keys on the body and foot joint cover the holes and gradually lengthen the sounding length. Covering all the holes with the flute’s keys enables it to sound at the lowest possible pitch.

The Yamaha flute comes in many variants such as concert, piccolo, alto and bass, each of which are tuned to a different register or key. The concert, piccolo and bass flutes are typically tuned to C (in varying registers, of course) while the alto is tuned to G. Yamaha flutes come in either standard silver or the more extravagant gold-plated models. Armed with the basic knowledge of the Yamaha flute, flutists can explore both standard and extended techniques to make music.