best wooden flute for beginners

The Best Wooden Flute For Beginners is the Cygnet Irish Rosewood Flute, has been designed especially for traditional Irish music and for beginners and students of Irish and Celtic flute music. Irish flute teachers rate it as their preferred flute for students. Below we will be reviewing not only this but also the best flute for beginners, best student flute and the best bamboo flute for beginners

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Is the Cygnet Rosewood Irish Flute right for you?

  • Designed for traditional Irish music
  • Best value beginner flute
  • Easy to play
  • Powerful Low D
  • Good volume
  • Mellow, woody tones
  • Superb intonation
  • Beautiful traditional finish
  • Perfect for ‘trying out’ the wooden flute style

Listen to ‘Maid Behind the Bar’ played on the Cygnet flute below:

Features of the Cygnet Irish Rosewood Flute:

  • Key of D
  • Simple System Keyless Flute
  • Traditional Conical Bore
  • 8 Tone Holes
  • Small Embouchure – perfect for beginners
  • Tuning Slide
  • Crafted from Sustainable Indian Rosewood
  • Free Premium Foam-Lined Hard Flute Case (For Limited Time Only)

Reviews from Chiff & Fipple and The Session

The Session (

‘I started my wooden flute experience on a Cygnet flute and I think it is a good instrument for beginners. The shape and the size of the embouchure hole made it easy for me to produce a decent tone soon (I also play the Boehm flute) and the intonation was good.’

Gudrun K, classically trained musician.

Chiff & Fipple (

‘The Cygnet flutes will get you hooked enough to go to the next level’

Tommy Martin of Thornton Whistles

What music teachers are saying:

  • There’s a significant increase in speed of learning in comparison to other beginner flute models. 
  • Our students have more control, can build up their skill-set and awareness, and can quickly learn basic and intermediate Irish flute playing techniques. 
  • Students possess a more positive attitude during the learning process and we find they have a more enjoyable time throughout.

The Cygnet for ‘Self-Learners’ 

  • If a beginner of the Irish flute can’t access flute lessons and wants to self-teach, they can rest assured that they are using Irish flute teachers’ ‘Flute of choice’ 
  • We recommend The Irish Flute by the master Fintan Vallely as a perfect text tutorial accompaniment to the Cygnet.
  • An Fheadóg Mhór by traditional Irish flute player Conal Ó Gráda is another excellent Irish and wooden flute tutorial.
  • This Cygnet empowers the player to take control and play with poise and confidence, this is because the Cygnet provides an ease of play, perfect for anyone starting out 

Quality counts

‘A beginner flute should be a good and capable instrument in its own right. Anything less and the beginner will give up.’

It’s a fact that students using a low quality instrument will be more likely to stop practicing and even worse, quit altogether. That’s why we only provide customers with the highest standard of instruments, as we know lesser quality instruments would be doing our customers a disservice and may hinder them from achieving their goals.

“The tone is wonderful from bottom to top and it takes so little air that I am able to reach the second octave with very little effort.” Jim R. 

Why we use Rosewood 

We only use the the best quality tonal wood in all our instruments. Rosewood is a hardwood and is quite dense and heavy. The more dense the wood the better the resonance.

Rosewood is hard enough to allow for a strong earthy resonance and be cost effective at the same – exactly what we want. 

How we make our flutes 

We use a tried and tested sealing technique which ensures that the flute doesn’t leak precious air and enables you to produce that all important strong low D.

The Cygnet Rosewood flute has been crafted with a slightly smaller aperture which allows easy, unstressed air control and helps students learn the proper breathing patterns, and also provides more control over both the smoothness and crispness of the sound.

Flute Tuning

Our careful and precise tuning process during the manufacturing stage means you can play each note in tune with confidence and ease leaving you to focus on your performance. Our tuning slide ensures you’ll always be able to adjust the pitch to adapt to any playing situation from a session environment to outdoor recitals and everything in between.

Caring for your wooden Flute

Oil your wooden flute with bore oil occasionally to protect it from extreme dryness. Be careful not to over oil it. 

Easy to play

The Cygnet was specifically designed for students who want to advance quickly and helps students learn the proper breathing patterns required for producing music on a wooden flute.

Visual beauty to rival its auditory pleasure

The Cygnet is finished to the highest standard. It has a beautiful naturally treated rosewood finish and to protect its good looks it comes with a free premium foam lined hard case.

You’re guaranteed with McNeela

We provide a guarantee for any material defects or dissatisfaction. We proudly offer a 1 year Guarantee* on the Cygnet against any material defects arising from the product. We’re quite comfortable with this knowing the quality that went into its manufacturing process. Even beyond 1 year, we will service the flute for a nominal fee.

*Please note: We cannot guarantee wooden flutes against cracks in extreme climates including the USA and Australia. If in doubt choose a polymer flute like our excellent Lon Dubh Irish Flute.

Money Back Trial Period

Additionally, if you’re unsatisfied for any reason whatsoever, we offer a full unconditional money-back guarantee for 14 days from the day you receive the Cygnet. 

Good to know:

  • 14 day money back guarantee from the day you receive the Cygnet. Please note: We cannot guarantee wooden flutes against cracks in extreme climates including the USA and Australia. If in doubt choose a polymer flute like our excellent Lon Dubh Irish Flute.
  • 1 year warranty (this is very important when considering what flute to buy).
  • Free re-corking service
  • Comes with a free foam lined box, which has 3 compartments for whistles. Please note: the whistles are NOT included and are for demo purposes only, if you’d like to purchase whistles take a look at our Whistles Section.
  • If purchased before 12pm (Monday-Friday), we ship it the same business day.
  • 100% Refundable including shipping (For any reason, just send it back up to 14 days from when you receive the flute)
  • FREE Priority Shipping Anywhere In The World (limited time only!) & Free FedEx Shipping to countries with postal delays


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All orders placed before 12pm are shipped the same day.

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UK (5 – 7 days)

EUROPE (7 days)

USA and CANADA (7 – 10) days)

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Types of Musical Instruments

Musical instruments can be categorized depending on the way they generate sound. All musical instruments fall under one of the following – string, wind, percussion and keyboard, though there may be further divisions and sub-divisions.

Here are a few examples:

  • String instruments include guitars, violins, ukuleles and cellos.
  • Wind instruments include pipes, sax, clarinet, flute and such other types.
  • Drums, bongos, cymbals and bells are percussion instruments.
  • Keyboard instruments include pianos, harpsichords, organs and accordions.

While these are the more commonly played musical instruments, over thousand musical instruments are available across the world, including folk instruments.

Read: Which Music Instruments are easier to learn?

General Things to Consider Before Buying a Instrument

Here are some of the things that you should take into consideration before choosing a suitable instrument:

  • The age of the student: The child needs to have developed motor skills to be able to play
  • The character/personality of the student
  • Your interests, the kind of music you want to play
  • The cost, the amount of money you’re willing to spend
  • The practicalities involved (such as size, portability, maintenance of the instrument)

Research Prices & Competing Stores

Do spend some time looking for instruments and their prices online; you can find some great deals online. Also, do check competing online stores. For instance, Amazon and Walmart are great for finding beginner instruments and toys for kids. Merchants like Amazon, zZounds, Musiciansfriends have wide range of instruments for pros. You will find great deals on guitars on sites like Guitar Center.

If you’re looking for an expensive instrument, do check it out at your local store as well. While you may not be able to get lower prices, you will be sure about the model that you have selected.

When buying online, see what accessories are included, and also factor in shipping costs.

Beginner Instruments for Students

The good thing about buying a new musical instrument is that you now have access to several products that are available for cheap. These are designed for beginners and offer great features, are functional, but don’t cost much.

Although a student or beginner instrument is a cheaper version of what professionals play, these ‘cheaper’ instruments are not sub-standard products.

In fact, a good student instrument comes with several features that assist students to progress faster and also to enjoy music making.

These are easier to play, offer less resistance (string instruments), is easier to blow (wind instruments), for the inexperienced player. For example, a lower action on a guitar makes playing easier for the young or inexperienced hands.

Most of these musical instruments are also available as a packages – comes bundled with useful accessories and Music books/DVDs so that you get everything to get started.

Get Creative With Home Made Musical Instruments

Musical instruments can also be made at home using items of daily use (mostly percussion); this works great for kids.

You can make almost anything, from shakers and jingle bracelets to drums and tambourines. Its easier to make percussion instruments at home.

It turns out cheaper and you won’t feel bad if the kids break the toy instrument.

Homemade musical instruments help your child to be creative and can keep them busy. Kids will also have a great time, playing in their own band at home.

Are You Already a Player?

If you are already a player then you should avoid picking up the cheapest musical instrument.

Its best to go out and play all the instruments you can, and pick the one that appeals to your ears, suits your requirements and your budget (you should be open to increasing your budget a bit, in case you get hold of some really good musical instrument).

You should also go through the used gear/blemished gear section on top online merchants. You can find some really good instruments with minor bruises (but in perfectly working conditions) for good discounts.

Also Read: Buy used/blemished gear for cheap.

You can Buy, Rent or Borrow?

While everybody would love to buy a new musical instrument, in some cases its just not the practical thing to do.

You can always choose to buy a second-hand instrument.

Some music services (organizations contracted by the Local Authority to provide music tuition in state schools and at music centers) and schools offer instruments on loan to beginner students.

Then there are some (including some retailers) who operate rental systems. For a modest fee, they provide you a musical instrument for a trial period so that you get sufficient time to make up your mind.

The great thing about these options is that it allows you to get a feel of what is involved in learning, and how to take care of and maintain the instrument, before actually buying one.

In case you’re considering purchasing a second-hand instrument, make sure you check it for suitability, before it is used.

You Don’t Have to Buy the Most Expensive Instrument

Musical instruments can be expensive, especially if you are seeking the best option available on the market. In general, these can cost anything from $100 to over $10000. For example, a good Yamaha or Roland keyboard can cost almost $2000.

That is why used musical instruments are often a good choice, especially if you are learning to play a new instrument.

You definitely don’t have to buy the most expensive instrument out there. Choose something that fits your purpose. Feel free to consult a music teacher or a music shop.

Its important that the instrument is appropriate for your child, no matter how you intend to obtain it.

Most young string players, for example, begin learning on smaller sized instruments as they feel uncomfortable playing full-sized instruments (too large for them).

For beginners it is advisable to invest in musical instruments in the lower price range. However, you also should keep in mind that learning on a sub-standard instrument can be demotivating and usually prevents progress.

Don’t Go Too Cheap

If you’re buying an instrument for a child, you can pick a cheap one but for a serious beginner you want something better. A $50 cheap guitar is unlikely to last long and may not sound inspiring. And if it breaks down, you will have to buy another one (basically you will end up spending more money than you would spend buying a quality, new guitar).

A quality instrument costs more but it saves money in the long run and it will make you practice more.

Use the Power of Social Media

Have a huge social media presence? Do you (or your friend) manage social media accounts for some school, college or charitable institution? If yes, you can post that you’re looking for a music instrument and ask for help.

You never know; one of your followers might want to sell an instrument. In some cases, they might even give it for free (you will have to collect it though).

Having a huge online presence can help you find help in the online community.

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