This quick article is right to the point for what you need to add to that great posture we already talked about in ‘Breathing Secrets for Flutists”.
Stand/sit up straight so the proper breathing will come naturally to you.
It usually comes from over-trying!
I know it seems funny to have to even talk about how to breathe, but you’d be surprised at how many people breathe funny when they are trying to learn an instrument. It usually comes from “over-trying”.
Yes, I’m trying to tell you that you’ll need to relax and work on these hints:
One of the tricks great players use is to learn to fill all parts of their long lungs. Most students tend to think of filling their upper chest with air and forget that there is 3 times that much space reserved for air lower down towards the belly. A really good yawn will do the job. You can make a goal of taking in a large yawn-breath where you create much expansion in your upper body including much of your belly. This will teach you the proper “filling” sensation you should have when taking a breath before playing your instrument.
One interesting note is that flute players should remember to exhale before inhaling. Fresh oxygen means many things to your body. It provides your brain with what it needs to function properly. It lets blood back into areas of your body that are being used while playing (lips, arms, etc). There are many, many times when you do not need to use all of the air you have just breathed in for a certain passage while playing music. Strategic exhaling will keep you inhaling fresh oxygen often. You’ll feel like you are choking if you don’t find a time to exhale all of that air!
But, taking in large breaths is what holds your clear tone together for all to enjoy.