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Flutes go way back. You can find in Genisis 4:21 that Jubal was the father of the harp and the pipe (`uwgab) translated at times as a flute, reed-pipe, or panpipes.
Starting out? The secret to flute playing is not to try hard. But to relax into it. When we try too hard we can become a master of repeated mistakes.
On the side-blown flute, forget the fingers for a bit and start holding the flute around the mouthpiece. Press the flute against your lower relaxed grin, roll the flute a bit and spit watermelon seeds across the hole to get sound. Press and roll to find the sweet spot of best sound. Blow across the mouthpiece not into it. Don't pucker, it will make you dizzy. You can look in mirror to make sure you have a grin-line not a hole from a pucker.
In review: Soft lower lip, not a tight lip. Blow gently, not hard. Grin, don't pucker.
Go to the flute when it beckons you to come. It will be more of a joyful adventure and not a practice session. It took me a day to get sound without a teacher.
On the end blown V shaped notch flute, lift upwards against the lower lip and tilt the flute to catch the sweet spot for sound. Blow from a soft grin.
See bottom of webpage "Questions for the flutemaker" for more help.
Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325