We flutists have a different job to do in the world of music. We have to inhale and exhale like an elephant!
While it can appear easy, once you try it you’ll have a whole new respect for the flute-learner/player/performer.
Within the walls of this website are many, many strategies and tips that are very valuable. This page is going to give you a visual. Visualization is AWESOME for musicians because many times we can’t exactly see what is going on with out bodies while we play.
Picture your chest and tummy area expanding and contracting fully.
I found this 27 second video that I feel gives a great visual for your lungs for inhaling and then exhaling fully.
Watch it here I think it’ll give you a giggle:
Just remember that inhaling to FILL your lungs fully is the best practice – even when you are only needing to play one note. (re-read that)
When exhaling, you need to press from the tummy area (bellybutton) so that you get the best chance at “pressurized air”.
HINT: We need all of the above for clear tone.
Clear tone is what EVERY flutist on this green and blue planet is striving for. Ask them, you’ll see.
The bellows are a lot like our bodies. Picture your chest and tummy area expanding and contracting fully just like you see the bellows.
Next time you are practicing you will find being able to visualize breathing for flutists a helpful tool, and maybe you just might learn to breathe like an elephant, but not exactly have to sound like one. haha