Too Much Spit When Playing the Flute

Recently I had a fellow flute student tell me that they just have too much spit when playing the flute and it gets in the way of their sound and ability to play.

Is this something you have noticed as well?

Sugar will destroy your pads and not be good for your flute.

Then look no further, because you’ve found the right place. In this article I am going to give you some pointers to help you control all that spit.

First, it’s important for you all to know that this is a pretty common problem, especially when you are tonguing hard and fast. And there are many reasons why you could be over-salivating.

Here are some common reasons why this happens:

  • You are hungry
  • You recently ate or brushed your teeth
  • You have been practicing for a long period of time
  • You are thirsty

Now let’s move on to some solutions. How can you fix these problems?

Well, a few of them seem a little obvious but we will talk about them to make sure that you have all the possible solutions to over-salivation in your tool box when you need them.

If you are hungry or thirsty the solution is pretty simple- eat some food or get a drink. Your body is pretty smart and it will tell you when it needs some attention. Over-salivating is one way that your body gets your attention.

When you are thirsty while playing the flute, DRINK WATER! Unless you are ending your practice session right then and putting your flute away, never drink sugary sweet anything if you are going to pick your flute up again and play it in the near future. Sugar will destroy your pads and not be good for your flute.

This rule is also true for eating. If you are hungry and need to stop and eat some food, put your flute away and take a break. Be sure that your food (or toothpaste if you just brushed your teeth) is long gone, with no remnants in your mouth, before you pick your flute up to play again. It usually takes me a good hour before I’m able to play my flute again after eating. If I rush it, I get really spitty.

Last but not least: If you have been playing for a long period of time or tonguing lots your mouth will naturally salivate more than usual because it is tired or dry. Some easy solutions to this problem are to simply swallow or have a glass of water.

These simple solutions will help those of you who are over-salivators while you are playing your flute.

Good luck

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

Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller



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