How to Get Clearer Flute Tone in the Mornings
As far as a subject I often teach at flute lessons, this is one you may never have actually thought about. But, after reading this you’ll be glad I chose to write about it.
It makes me frustrated and wonder what happened.
Sometimes when I wake up in the mornings it takes me a while to actually get the rest of my body going. I have noticed that my lips are one of the last parts of my body to get to peak performance for the day. The reason I know this is because I oftentimes practice flute in the morning. (a very good idea, btw)
Actually, occasionally I have even been awake for an hour or more and STILL have this problem; FUZZY, DRY, UNCONTROLLED TONE. I do not like it. It makes me frustrated and wonder what happened…
The reason my lips (and probably yours too) are so funny feeling while practicing flute in the morning is because I haven’t done much with my face/lips yet- especially if I haven’t had the opportunity to even talk to anyone yet.
After I learned these tricks years ago, I always have made sure to pass them on to my students because they WORK.
There are three things I do to give my lips and face a wake-up call in the morning. Are you ready to learn these? Great. Grab a pen and paper because you’ll want to post these on your fridge.
1. Flutter your lips like you’re driving a toy motorcycle around.
This action of “fluttering” your lips like you’re a little boy playing with a toy motorboat or motorcycle is just what you need to quickly give a shout-out to your face muscles. Be sure to poke your lips out in front of you and brwwww for as long as possible. Repeat this 3-5 times over the course of 30 seconds or so.
2. Chew some imaginary bubble-gum.
The idea here is to actually focus on the skin that stretches between your nose and your upper lip. Make sure when you are “fake chewing” that you get that skin to stretch pretty far down. Repeat 10 big “chews”.
3. Flute Spit really, really hard.
Ha, here we are talking about spit again. Sorry, it’s just a flute thing. What I’d like you to do is pretend there is a small light little feather stuck to your bottom lip. Use your flute “spits” that I have taught you in the Learn Flute Online lessons. (be sure your tongue starts in front – in the hole) What you need to imagine is that little feather will NOT come off no matter how hard you blow. Repeat this 10 times. Really get into it. (blow into the empty room, not into your flute)
See that? You’re feeling more awake already, aren’t you?
Use these 3 tips for getting clearer flute tone in the mornings and you’ll be a champion before 8:00am. I know it really works!