Most flutists are constantly working on sound production and tone as they continue their music education. There are some breathing secrets for flutists you can learn and enjoy. Remembering that this instrument can only play as well as it is played helps us to strive consistently. Breathing and support of that breath is the biggest foundation a player has for producing beautiful tone. These breathing secrets for flutists will help.
There’s a definite process a body goes through as it learns to become more efficient for flute playing. At first it may seem that there’s not enough air in the room to make a nice sounding note, but after some streamlining and learning some breathing secrets for flutists, it becomes easy and super fun!
As a newbie flutist, I remember feeling dizzy every single time I’d play the flute. I thought it was just me, so I tried to pretend my eyes weren’t swirling in my head with every phrase. The good news is that eventually this dizziness did go away, but it would come back with a vengeance if I took too much time off of playing the flute. For example, if I went on vacation and then pulled my instrument out after a few weeks, I seemed to have a hard time with breathing.
As an instructor, I easily recognize why this is happening now. Too bad I didn’t understand it back then. I needed to focus on the size of my aperture and gaining the proper resistance behind the lip. I also had no idea how to use my diaphragm properly. Once I got my body parts working ‘with’ me instead of against me, things started to really shape up. I now have a nice list of breathing secrets for flutists that I share with my students on a daily basis. Taking your flute playing to a new level isn’t too complicated when you learn the right process.
Excellent posture is essential for easy breathing.
What is excellent posture? For a body to be effective, a straight line from the tailbone all the way to the tip of the head could be visualized. You can try this by working on stretching or growing upward as tall as you can without bowing your back or thrusting your chest outward. Try backing up to a wall and using it as a straightener. It’s common for people to slump a little and stoop, but we know that straightening up helps everything when it comes to playing the flute.
It is still possible and necessary for a flute player to keep their body in balance while sitting just as much as it is when standing. Always keep your head upright above your back and not dipping your chin below your shoulder level. I like to remind flutists that they are the Queen/King… bring the flute to you instead of bending and stooping to go to the flute as you raise it to play. Once good posture is achieved it will feel comfortable and normal within time. Try visualizing a string connected to the ceiling tied to the top of your head. That should do the trick. 🙂
After you have achieved a habit of good posture while holding your flute, you’re ready to learn to breathe. Yup, breathe. (as if you don’t already know how, right?) I’ll teach you all it takes to be able to take the right kind of breath so you will be able to play like a pro!
I’ll give you some really good flute breathing exercises here at Learn Flute Online. This will get you on the top of your flute game very soon.
Confused? Leave a comment below and I will help you out.