It takes time and dedication to master the flute, but there are a bunch of easy flute songs available to assist you on your way.
Picking up an instrument for the first time can be daunting for any person, that is why it’s recommended to start with the basics and learn the fundamentals first. After you’ve become comfortable with the basics and want to try your hand at some songs, I’ve put up a list of beginner-friendly flute tunes that will come in handy.
Let’s dive in.
- 1. Hot Cross Buns
- 2. Jingle Bells
- 3. Happy Birthday
- 4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- 5. Yankee Doodle – Richard Shuckburgh
- 6. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
- 7. Ode To Joy – Beethoven
- 8. Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
- 9. Ave Maria – Schubert
- 10. Mary Had A Little Lamb
- 11. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
- 12. We Will Rock You – Queen
- 13. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
- 14. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
- 15. Havana – Camila Cabello
- 16. Star Wars Theme Song
- 17. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
- 18. Little Brown Jug
- 19. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
- 20. Firework – Katy Perry
1. Hot Cross Buns
Hot Cross Buns is a traditional Christian folk song that children sing during Easter. To play this song, all you need is your attention and your flute. The advantage of this song is that most people already know the tune, which makes it easy to sing along when playing on the flute.
Your instrument will most likely sound different from the demonstration video at first but practice enough and soon you’ll be able to play it by heart.
2. Jingle Bells
Another traditional song that is very beginner-friendly is Jingle Bells. Everyone knows this song and will most likely take a few hours to master it. Jingle Bells is normally described as a beginner song because it is relatively simple and has only a few notes.
This song on the flute is a lot of fun! The simplistic nature of this song also makes it a good flute solo song to learn if you intend to perform at any Christmas event.
3. Happy Birthday
We’ve all sung happy birthday countless times, however, not many of us have the chance to learn this song on the flute. Happy birthday is one of the most popular songs to play on the flute because it is simple and you can keep getting better at it without too much trouble.
Happy birthday may be one of the first songs you learn when picking up a new instrument. It’s a very simple song, and it sounds beautiful too. You may have an unexpected bonus in store for the birthday girl or guy next time you wish someone a happy birthday.
4. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Once again a traditional song that we all know and enjoy. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is a beginner-friendly flute song that every beginning flute player can learn easily. With the instruction video, you will be able to learn the song in no time.
Watch it over and over again until you can play with ease. You will be surprised at how fast you can learn the song! You might even get the chance to play this tune to impress your friends and family, especially if you have small children in the family.
5. Yankee Doodle – Richard Shuckburgh
Yankee Doodle is a song that many people know since childhood. It’s been around since the 18th century and is often referred to as “an oldie but a goodie.” To play this song on the flute will require a bit of preparation, but it is quite possible and well worth the effort.
Don’t be intimidated by the fast tempo in the video because there is a slow-speed version within that will help you master this tune. A beginner song, this is a great one to add to your repertoire.
6. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
My Heart Will Go On is the biggest pop ballad of all time. Writing it, however, proved to be a struggle for Titanic’s songwriters James Horner and Will Jennings. On the other hand, playing it on the flute proved to be much easier. Any beginner can take up the challenge.
And no this is not the parody version that we all know and laugh with, although it would be fun to see the impossible sheet music for that one as well in the future.
7. Ode To Joy – Beethoven
Ode To Joy is another beginner song for the flute. The song was written by Beethoven for the 9th symphony. The song is available in many different keys – if you are just starting with your flute you should watch the tutorial video linked to assist you with the beginner-friendly approach.
The song is relatively easy to play, and the beat is steady. I still remember the practice sessions at school for the first time that we were going to play this song.
8. Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky may not seem like a beginner song for the flute, however, if you slow it down a bit you might just find an interesting challenge and a beautiful song to play. The song is beautiful but also includes some difficult parts because of the notes that are played to create a beautiful melody.
This one could very well push your skills to the limit, but if you desire a challenge and want to play a beautiful song then go for it. And if you have any problems or run into difficulties then just leave watch the video again, slow it down, and do your best.
9. Ave Maria – Schubert
Ave Maria is a very moving, beautiful song. On the flute, this song takes the listener on a memorable journey. The song was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825, for a solo voice with piano accompaniment.
Watch the tutorial to get a glimpse of what this song is about. The technique used in this tutorial is considered pretty easy and if you’re having trouble then simply slow it down and go at your own pace. Adding this song to your repertoire will be like adding a little symphony to your flute.
10. Mary Had A Little Lamb
Halfway through you have another traditional song that all of us know. Mary Had A Little Lamb is a song that was created in the 1800s. This song has been played by all cultures around their children and is considered to be one of the more famous songs that many people will play for their children.
It’s also a song where I feel like everyone kind of knows all the words. Playing this song on the flute is not at all challenging, but still makes for a fun experience.
11. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
Breaking away from traditional music a bit, we have Stay With Me by Sam Smith. This song is simply beautiful on the flute and it makes for a great solo piece. By watching the tutorial video you will see that it’s actually not that difficult to play the song and learn it in no time.
This one will surely impress your audience! The tutorial takes you through a slow-paced rhythm and the chord changes so it’s good for beginners.
12. We Will Rock You – Queen
Another classic song that we know very well is We Will Rock You by Queen. This song when played on the flute sounds so amazing. The tutorial shows you how to play this song on the flute in an easy way with an approach that surely every beginner flute player can follow.
This song is simply a basic version of We Will Rock You, but it sounds really good. If you have a flute and want to play a rock song on it, then this is a great choice to start with.
13. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
7 Years by Lukas Graham is a hit song dominated by a simple, yet infectious piano melody and the “na na na” hook. The song was released in December 2015 and since then a lot of flute covers have flooded YouTube.
In this tutorial video, you will learn how to play the song on the flute and add this beautiful piece to your repertoire. The song will impress your family and friends or maybe serve as a way to get your girlfriend to appreciate your talents.
14. Fight Song – Rachel Platten
Here you have another beautiful piece that can be played by any beginner on the flute. Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song” is simply beautiful and makes for an incredibly fun experience on the flute.
This song has many parts, and the video tutorial will walk you through how to perform each one. The first step is always the hardest, but you can do it! Now grab your favorite flute and get started. Playing this piece when you get the hang of it will feel so good trust me on that one.
15. Havana – Camila Cabello
Havana is also a beginner-friendly flute song that you can play. There was times when this song was everywhere and most likely learned by a bunch of musicians throughout the world.
This tutorial video about how to play it on the flute will be helpful for everyone who wants to get more familiar with this beautiful song. Going at your own pace, you can easily learn all the necessary techniques through this tutorial video and play Havana in the desired key.
16. Star Wars Theme Song
If you’re a Star Wars fan then you will have a blast with this one. The theme song is incredibly easy to learn on the flute and have under your belt for surprising family members and friends.
The tutorial video will show you exactly what to do and how to learn this one effectively. Imagine taking out your flute and performing this song, it will definitely turn heads. A beginner song that undoubtedly any flute player will enjoy.
17. Old Town Road – Lil Nas X
Going forward you have Old Town Road by Lil Nas X. This is an incredibly catchy song that you can learn on the flute. The song is really easy to master and you can play it as a song or as a simple exercise. It doesn’t matter which way you go with this one, because it is fun either way.
The tutorial goes step by step and shows you the process of playing this song. This one will make for an impressive and fun experience when you play it for family and friends.
18. Little Brown Jug
Little Brown Jug is another traditional song that is used in Children’s songs and by folk artists. It was popular during the 1950s-1960s, but it also goes back further than that. Learning this on the flute is a great way to add in some variety and can be a lot of fun.
Following this tutorial video, you will learn to play Little Brown Jug on the flute in just a day. Building your repertoire of songs is a great way to keep things interesting when you are learning an instrument.
19. See You Again – Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth
See You Again was all over the place. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s ubiquitous hit was not only one of the biggest songs of 2015, but it also became a kind of memorial for Paul Walker. This song when played on the flute sounds a bit different but is still pretty amazing.
For starters, it sounds way more dramatic and somber than the original. Following the tutorial, you should be able to play the song from start to finish in no time.
20. Firework – Katy Perry
Firework by Katy Perry is the closing song on this list of beginner-friendly flute songs. The song is really easy to play on the flute, even if you don’t know how to read sheet music.
By following the tutorial video, you’ll get this song under your belt in no time at all! When all parts are put together, you will have a lovely rendition of a popular song that everyone will recognize.
Beginner-friendly songs on the flute can be a great addition to any player’s repertoire. They can help you improve, learn new techniques and they give you a chance to have some fun as well.
Many songs fit into the category of beginner-friendly songs on the flute. In this list, I’ve included 20 of those songs for players who love music, are interested in learning how to play, or might want to build a repertoire of songs.
Each song is different and fun in its way. Some of these songs are very simple while some take a bit more practice, but all of them will be welcomed by family and friends.