How to Get Better Embouchure on the Flute

The question of how to get a better embouchure on the flute is a good one especially for those who are really striving to learn to play the flute well.  I’ll give you some of the best information for great flute playing here in this article.


First, let’s explore the parts of the embouchure.  Basically, this includes the area of the face under the eyes all the way down to the chin and from ear to ear.  So, when a person is asking how to get a better embouchure for flute playing, we can assume they really mean that they want the middle of the lip area to improve so they can get better, and probably, clearer tone.


The middle area of the lips is definitely the heart of tone production, but what is happening with the rest of the face affects tone quality as well.


The middle area of the lips is definitely the heart of tone production, but what is happening with the rest of the face affects tone quality as well.

I’ll give you some hints as to how anyone can improve their tone by paying attention to these areas.


First, the face must stay relaxed… as relaxed as if you’re asleep.  Yup, that’s what I said.  Flute players who tend to pull their cheeks and face towards their ears in a smile will have a pinched sound and probably always have intonation problems.


Next, if we pay attention to the lips, we will find the rest of the ingredients to getting really great tone on our flute.  Assuming that we can keep relaxed (not smiling or pulling back) our lips will be in perfect shape for creating the best tone.  Many flute learners have to think of keeping their lips a little more in the forward position just so they remember not to pull back.


The last part we can pay attention to is the aperture.  The aperture is the middle part of the lips where the actual hole is formed.  Of course this is the most obvious part of the embouchure since this is where the air is blown from.


The aperture is usually way too big in beginning flute players.  The longer a person has been playing the more tuned their lip muscles are, which allows them to create a very small tone hole in their lip aperture.  The smaller the hole and the more fluent the muscles are in the center of the lips, the better control a flute player has for creating necessary aperture shape.


The longer a person has been playing the flute the more tuned their lip muscles are…


Getting a better embouchure on the flute all has to do with how the muscles are being used in the face and lips.  Better embouchure means better tone.  Better tone equals a much happier flute player and also more pleasant for the audience who may be listening.

Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.

Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller
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5 thoughts on “How to Get Better Embouchure on the Flute”

  1. bernadine madison

    I have been trying to play ” my heart will go on” for over a year to no avail. I sound sharp and airy although as a beginner I have improved. I am about to give up! Oh, by the way where can I find the accompanient to ” my heart will go on ” by Celione Deon, please. thank you.

    1. Hi Bernadine, My Heart Will Go On is a really beautiful piece. I’m so glad you’re looking to play it on flute. I would love to help you with your flute skills so you can confidently play anything you want. Come over and join us in the members area at – I’ll send you an invite email. You can probably find a karaoke backing track for My Heart will Go On somewhere here on YouTube. Fun Fun! Rebecca

  2. Love your article! I’ve been playing the flute for few years. I blow out the side of my mouth, nearly to far over… my tone is not that great, how can I fix this? Is this even fixable?

    1. Hi Caitlin, Thanks for the message here. I know exactly what you’re talking about, and yes you probably should explore learning how to play from the center of your mouth. I’m not sure of your reasons for moving your blowing position over, but for most people it comes from learning how to play the long flute when they are young and feeling like the flute is too long… so to compensate, they hold with (not so good) hand position and start blowing from the side of their lips. Sound like you? Not sure, but you could think about it and watch in a mirror as you practice with just the head joint and ‘spitting’ right from the middle. You can do it! And, it will help your tone. 🙂 ~Rebecca

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