(I'm not blaming the flute!)
I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves (well B5, C6 eludes me) and simple pieces like some Christmas carols or Grade 1 pieces.
But my ability to play is so variable from day to day and minute to minute. Some days I'll be able to play a piece all the way through and think "wow it actually sounds like I'm playing the flute". The next day, like today, I'll barely be able to get a sound out at all - or I'll be able to play notes but the moment I start a piece it all stops working.
Is this normal and part of the 'joy' of learning flute is that you spend 1/2 the time wanting to smack the flute against a wall?! Are there any common things I can do, or things I might be doing that I shouldn't be, when it just doesn't want to play? When I have an off day, am I best to accept that and put the flute away, or should I try and 'force' it somehow, keep relentlessly blowing the thing until I've done my 15min practice?
I have a tutor by the way but when I have lessons, generally I play well so it's hard to demonstrate!