January 01st, 2012
Breathing It always comes down to the basics: mastery of breathing is a cornerstone of flute artistry. When we breathe it's important to stay open enough to allow the air to enter the lungs completely. Think of adding width to the back and filling up all the way around the body, or think of diagonal action in your back. Try not to tense up the shoulders or raise them when inhaling.The sternum can lift a bit when you take your deepest breaths. Keep your throat open and free on the inhale as well, and keep the belly soft so that it can expand a bit as well. These tips should help you get enough air into the body to use for even the longest phrases.
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