Try Bansuriflute.com eLearning
Simply go through steps below to setup your free account, go through orientation to understand teaching philosophy as well as technical capabilities. You will get a good idea on how the lessons work.
You can start learning anytime. Each learning module is organized to provide adequate content to last for two weeks with each segment building on the prior one. However, you can pace your learning to your schedule and ability to practice. That means you can complete a module in as quickly as one week or as slowly as 3 weeks. However, if you are taking longer than that, you may not be spending adequate time practicing.
The idea here is not so much to complete learning modules fast, but to complete them in as complete manner as possible so that the learning objective of that module is achieved. You will have assignments in each module that would provide you feedback on how well you are doing.
You are expected to follow practice instructions and upload your practice recording at various points for feedback. Additionally, there are learning content that may require you to watch and take quizzes based on it.
At appropriate point and as necessary, you may need to attend group Skype sessions. These sessions are designed to be checkpoint at a crucial learning step. For example, learning how to correctly hold the Bansuri is a critical learning step and in addition to lesson content as well as assignment review, the lesson has group Skype sessions. Sessions like these are appropriately incorporated in the learning process, but they may not be needed in every learning module.
For more information, please go through the orientation module.
The name of the game here is regular practice and therefore more structured practice you put in, faster the progress you will notice.
In this course, all lessons are designed in two week grouping. Over each set of two weeks, you should plan to spend at least 8-10 hours of practicing (4-5 hours a week).
Additionally, these lessons also have listening material and assignments. You will take 3-4 hours in those two week buckets (1.5-2 hours a week). You can do some of these assignments while doing other work – for example, listen to concert while exercising or doing household work.
Lessons on this site are recorded with Concert E Bansuri, which is de-facto standard for most concert flute players. This flute is generally suitable for adults and teenage children.
You can choose to buy a smaller Bansuri like G# to get going and transition to Concert E Bansuri after a few lessons.
While Bansuriflute.com store sells quality Bansuris, you may buy Bansuri from any Bansuri maker. Be aware that there are only handful good Bansuri makers who sell quality Bansuris.
Be also aware that Bansuri you get in many music shops which are not owned by Bansuri makers may not be tuneful and of good quality.
You should consult your physician and get medical advice before starting.
In my experience, adults and many teenage children can play Concert E Bansuri. Like any musical instrument, it has its initial learning curve and there is no substitute to practicing to be able to comfortably play.
It also takes good posture and ergonomically sound grip to be able to play comfortably.
This is a very difficult question. Many musicians treat learning music and musical instruments as a lifelong journey. To that extent, defining the concept of “playing well” is very individual and philosophical.
That said, assuming you put in the effort and practice regularly, you will see continuous and gradual progress, no matter what your initial abilities.