I hope someone can help me here. A friend's daughter is learning the flute and the book she's using (sorry, I can't remember the name, I only got a quick look at it) teaches the notes D, E flat and, I think E and D flat (an octave above middle C) as the first notes. It then has lots of the usual sorts of tunes on two or three notes, but with key signatures of one or two flats. I didn't have time to see how it goes on after the first two or three pages but the little girl in question (who is bright)is having difficulty understanding the flats on top of learning the notes on the flute and on the music. It's putting her right off playing. Anyway, my friend asked me about it and I didn't really know what to say. I imagine there is some logic behind it, but I seem to remember, from my brief foray into flute playing, that we learnt the scale of C first and went on from there, which seems more logical, although that could be because I already played the piano. Has anyone come across this system? What are its advantages? Is there anything helpful I could suggest to my friend to help her daughter? She plays the piano to a reasonable standard herself.