Breathing Secrets for Flutists

Most flutists are constantly working on sound production and tone as they continue their music education.  Oftentimes they may put too much focus on the actual instrument rather than on the operator of it.  The instrument can only play as well as it is played in most cases.  Breathing and support of that breath is the biggest foundation a player has for producing beautiful tone. These breathing secrets for flutists will help.Good Flute Posture

"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 can 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.

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.  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!

Confused? Leave a comment below and I will help you out.

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  • Veronika

    Reply Reply January 27, 2014

    Thank you for the breathing secrets! I’ve learned a lot from your free online lessons. From the end of February onwards I’m going to get lessons with a flute teacher at our local music school. Thank you for everything you teach online!
    Best regards, Veronika

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 29, 2014

      You are very welcome, Veronika. I’m glad you came to learn. Hopefully we see you again soon. 🙂 -Rebecca

  • Anna Johnston

    Reply Reply March 13, 2014

    You are very encouraging , Rebecca, and although I have actually “scraped through” grade 8 some years ago ( yes, I passed), I wasn’t bored following your free step-by-step tuition ( still got the last unit to do!) I^m inspired by you!!….and thank you for all these valuable tips etc.
    At the moment I cannot afford to go any further after the free units, however attractive the price is just now. So if you want to “drop” me, feel free to do so. Anna from Scotland

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 14, 2014

      Hi Anna, I’m glad you’re here to learn. I would never drop you. Everyone who wishes to learn is completely welcome. I do this for YOU. 🙂 Rebecca

  • Vy Doan

    Reply Reply March 19, 2014

    Dear, Ms. Fuller
    Thanks for your breathing secrets! They’re really helpful, then I imagined! Thanks from your help, I have 2nd chair flute in Band!:D
    Vy Doan

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 28, 2014

      Congratulations Vy!!! I’m so happy to hear this. I think you’re doing great! -Rebecca

  • benjamin

    Reply Reply April 21, 2014

    Thank you Rebecca for the good work you are doing. I got some odf the links you sent for me but I have not been able to open those videos please if you can tell me how to do it

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply April 21, 2014

      Hi Benjamin, thanks for the message. I’m wondering which videos you are speaking of. I’ll definitely help you. I’ll email you right now. Perhaps you forgot that you have to have registered as a student first (if you somehow skipped this process, I will help you). Then, you have to be logged in as a student in order to get to the learning modules. 🙂 -Rebecca

  • Mohankumar

    Reply Reply May 6, 2014

    This is our God gift to get you as a good and excellent and Patient with more sincerity. Just now I am going through your basic level lessons again and again for getting thorough training.thank you Madam to give me a good opportunity.God Bless you
    Saint Mohan

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply May 7, 2014

      Thank you, and you are very, very welcome Saint Mohan.

  • Abdu Gazzar

    Reply Reply September 15, 2014

    Thanks for this valuable article – as all your articles 🙂 I do Yoga lessons , we do breath control techniques, and actually found it helping in controlling my breath while playing flute as-well. Its amazing what you can learn from different things and all is add up to improve our flute skills. Only if we are aware of it. I feel now like every thing I do with my life is some how related to the flute..even praying ! 🙂 ..

    Thanks alot Rebecca for your support. You are a good teacher.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 24, 2014

      Yoga is great for flute players.. and so is running. Anything that relaxes and stretches the lungs is a very positive activity for enhancing musicianship. 🙂 Rebecca

  • henry nguyen

    Reply Reply October 1, 2014

    Thx for the breathing secrets. I can’t blow for long but this might help me. Thx again.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply October 1, 2014

      You’re welcome, Henry. There will be more hints as you move through my program. You’ll get better and better. It’ll be great! ~ Rebecca

  • Velan

    Reply Reply October 23, 2014

    Thanks for your tips. I will keep follow your technics.


  • corey booth

    Reply Reply October 29, 2014

    thank you so much for all of your help, and constantly sending helpful tips and links! it shows you really care for each “student” 🙂 thanks to you ive finally got the courage to try out for district band!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 3, 2014

      Definitely try out, Corey!! We’re rooting for you!!! ~ Rebecca

  • Dar Nevery

    Reply Reply February 18, 2015

    Thx for the tips Rebecca! Excellent! Love getting your emails …. They keep me motivated! My goal is to join our towns orchestra. I’m gonna do it!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 3, 2015

      Oh Dar, it will be an exciting day for you to join the town orchestra. I know you can do it! I’ll help you, for sure. 🙂 Rebecca

  • Jaime Escobar

    Reply Reply May 21, 2015

    Gracias, Rebecca. I have listen the 5 free modules. You are an excellent teacher.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply June 3, 2015

      De nada- Thanks Jaime, I’m glad you are learning to play the flute. I am happy you having made it through the first free modules. I hope to see you soon in the Gold Level where the rest of the learning modules are. You’ll do so well! 🙂 Rebecca

  • Jane Edwards

    Reply Reply October 6, 2015

    Really enjoying flute with you.just got dad (79) to sign up and accompanyy first exam. Thanks. Jane (53)

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply October 9, 2015

      Oh how fun, Jane! Tell dad ‘Hi’ for me. 🙂

  • hektor

    Reply Reply March 28, 2016

    Hello! I feel respected by your email! I play and I still love to play the flute and teach others. I’m 60 years old and probably might be late for lessons now, but I will try as far as I can, to follow you. You are a person of great heart and soul!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply April 3, 2016

      Hi Hektor! We’re all very glad you are here learning to play the flute. You’re definitely in a great age for it – there are lots of flute-learning friends here just your age. You’re welcome- see you soon! ~Rebecca

  • lilly

    Reply Reply July 27, 2016

    rebecca this article was very helpful and you are a great teacher can you please leave info on changing octives though i sound airy trying.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 1, 2016

      Hi Lilly, I”m glad you’re learning to play the flute. I’d love to teach you how to change octaves without sounding airy. Are you already taking the lessons inside the membership area here at Learn Flute Online? There are so many lessons set in perfect order for you. You’ll be great! Come on over to: so you can start today. 🙂 ~Rebecca

  • Leanne

    Reply Reply January 20, 2017


    I’m currently at a ok level of flute playing and only play for my own pleasure. However I’m desperate to produce a clear and more fluid tone, more seamless with a nice vibrato.
    Maybe I can send you a little snippet and you could let me know what lesson or level you feel I need to look at on your courses. I’m based in the U.K. Is this a problem?

    Many thanks


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 22, 2017

      Hi Leanne, I’d be glad to help you with this. I understand what you’re saying. A nice, fluid sound is so nice! You can go to: and send me a speakpipe. I’d love to hear you. ~Rebecca

  • Eddy Chan

    Reply Reply March 11, 2017

    Hi,Rebecca.Thank you for sharing.Really ! It is good and useful for me to understand the correct concept and foundation. This is very important to me. – Eddy

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply March 11, 2017

      Thanks, and you’re welcome Eddy. Glad you’re on the path to learning how to play the flute well. 🙂 ~Rebecca

  • adel sami

    Reply Reply May 15, 2017

    Very important information and I was told a lot .. Thank you Rebecca

  • Oluyemi Olusheyi

    Reply Reply August 28, 2017

    I Love Your Flute Lessons Rebecca And I’ll Like To Know More About “The Breath”.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 30, 2017

      Awesome! I have an entire workshop I give on ‘breathing and breath for flutists’. Make sure you’re on my email list so you can be invited to it when it begins. Thanks ~Rebecca

  • Lisa Lovely LPA

    Reply Reply April 9, 2018


    That was a nice read , my son plays the tuba and he might debate you on that lol but he os a big guy and certainly has a lot of air !

    I pick up my flute at the end of the week !

    Your videos were very helpful in learning how to buy a flute.


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply April 10, 2018

      Hey Lisa, haha! I know the Tuba players are usually pretty big guys – I always wondered if that’s because they need lots of air or if they need to be big enough to carry it around?! lol Glad you’re getting your flute soon. It’ll be so great! ~Rebecca

  • Catalina

    Reply Reply October 19, 2018

    Hi Rebecca,
    Thanks for the tips, I am still going with your free lessons and as I am a beginner in music I have learn a lot. At the moment I also have a teacher every second week. I hope I will be able to get further lessons with you next year.
    Catalina from New Zealand

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply October 24, 2018

      Great Catalina, it’ll be fun to have you join us here. 🙂 ~Rebecca

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