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Breathing For Flutists

Most flutists are constantly working on sound production and tone as they continue their music education. Oftentimes they may put too much focus on the actual instrument rather than on the operator of it. The instrument can only play as well as it is played in most cases. Breathing and support of that breath is the biggest foundation a player has for producing beautiful tone.

Excellent posture is essential for easy breathing. What is excellent posture? For a body to be effective a straight line from the tailbone all the way to the tip of the head can be visualized. You can try this by working on stretching or growing upward as tall as you can without bowing your back or thrusting your chest outward.

It is still possible and necessary for a flute player to keep their body in balance while sitting just as much as it is when standing. Always keep your head upright above your back and not dipping your chin below your shoulder level. Once good posture is achieved it will feel comfortable and normal within time. One can visualize a string connected to the ceiling tied to the top of their head. After a player has achieved good posture they can take a very deep breath and the body will be ready to receive it. But, there are simple tricks you can do to teach your body to inhale larger amounts than normal. This is required of wind instrumentalists since we oftentimes play many notes in one exhale.

One of the tricks great players use is to learn to fill all parts of their long lungs. Most students tend to think of filling their upper chest with air and forget that there is 3 times that much space reserved for air lower down towards the belly. A really good yawn will do the job. You can make a goal of taking in a large yawn-breath where you create much expansion in your upper body including much of your belly. This will teach you the proper "filling" sensation you should have when taking a breath before playing your instrument.

One interesting note is that flute players should remember to exhale before inhaling. Fresh oxygen means many things to your body. It provides your brain with what it needs to function properly. It lets blood back into areas of your body that are being used while playing (lips, arms, etc). There are many, many times when you do not need to use all of the air you have just breathed in for a certain passage while playing music. Strategic exhaling will keep you inhaling fresh oxygen often. You'll feel like you are choking if you don't find a time to exhale all of that air! But, taking in large breaths is what holds your clear tone together for all to enjoy.

Copyright ?? 2012 Rebecca Fuller