5 Things You Can Start Doing Today to Be More Successful At Playing the Flute
Despite the fact that you are good at the flute, you might feel like you still need to improve your flute-playing skills. There are certain things you might do to change the way you play it. Here are the five top tips that will help you improve your flute skills.
Improve Your Posture
This is perhaps the most important thing you need to do while playing the flute. Proper posture is simply the best foundation for playing the flute. This includes your form, the way you hold yourself and the way you hold the instrument. Remember, posture alters the sound, the fluidity of technique, and your ease of breathing. Sit with your back straight or stand with your head looking up and forward. The flute should be parallel to the floor and one foot should be in front of the other one with your weight properly balanced between your legs.
Check Your Aperture
The aperture is the space between your lips that constitutes the opening of your air stream. A large aperture will create an airy tone that is normally quite difficult to control. Try to create a smaller aperture if you do not do so already. You can do this by practicing long tones. With faster and more concentrated air, you will achieve a clearer sound.
Check Your Embouchure Alignment
If you are like most flutists, you probably hold your flute higher on your lips, which is not necessary. Align the flute to your lower lip so that the edge of the tone-holes aligns with the edge of that lip.
Tense air will always lead to tense sounds. Take a proper breath and support your tone with a steady sir stream, which will center your tone and add some appropriate depth to the sound.
What most flutists do not realize is that it is quite easy to fill up a small room with sound but not so much outside. Playing outdoors will help you develop your sound projection and you can play as loud as you would like to play. Playing outdoors will help you improve your ability to project sound over a large distance.
Finally, you should record yourself for you to know how well you are playing this instrument. The tone you hear up-close is not usually the same tone you will hear at a distance because your ears can deceive you. Record what you play and then listen so that you can hear yourself up-close. Doing so will help you discover tendencies that you did not know you had.
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