Sometimes it can be difficult creating the perfect tone for low notes. Luckily, I have found a few tricks to help you learn how to fix low notes on the flute. With a little bit of practice you can have clear confident sounding notes that will blow your audiences away.[headline style=”6″ font_size=”22″ font_style=”bold%20italic” align=”right” headline_tag=”h2″]You end up playing much, much better than you thought you could.[/headline]
I had a band teacher once say that his favorite musical sound came from the low rich notes on the flute. But you can’t expect to have that rich sound without first doing these things:
- Flatten your aperture just a little bit
The area where the air comes out of mouth is called your aperture. If you flatten your lips just a tiny bit it will make a big difference in the tone of your low notes.
- Widen your throat
Think of yawning. When you yawn your throat gets super wide because it is trying to get as much air in as possible. This is exactly the same position your throat should be in while you are playing. The more space you have in your mouth the more resonant your notes will be.
- Keep your tongue down
Don’t let your tongue get in the way of your beautiful sound. After the initial tonguing at the beginning of the note drop your tongue so it doesn’t interfere with your tone. Also, never cut off the end of your note with your tongue. This gives a choppy ending to the amazing note you were trying to play. Think of running past a bright breathtaking rainbow only to find there was no pot of gold at the end. If you leave the end of your note open it resonates so, so much better.
- Keep your teeth spaced
Make sure your teeth are separated. To make sure your mouth is open wide enough, take your pinky and place it between your teeth in the back by your molars. This is the perfect amount of space you need. Now, take your pinky out and keep the same space.
- Don’t forget to be confident
Even if you’re not feeling as confident in your playing abilities- fake it! Your tone changes dramatically when you are confident. Your volume increases, your sound becomes more full, and you end up playing much, much better than you thought you could.
If you follow these few tricks with a little practice, your low notes will sound bigger, better, and more resonant. You can do it!
Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.