im airy??

im airy??

    
im airy??    20:03 on Monday, March 19, 2007          

muzicchik573
(18 points)
Posted by muzicchik573

i have played the flute for like 3 years, and i sound kinda airy, like a soft wooosh sound when i play. any hints to prevent that? thanks!!!


Re: im airy??    20:48 on Monday, March 19, 2007          

tiffloser
(30 points)
Posted by tiffloser

I had a flute teacher who told me to try and direct my air into the embouchure hole as much as possible to reduce the air sound. He also mentioned embouchure shape: tighten the lips for lower notes and relax them for higher ones. I would also recommend doing long tones.


Re: im airy??    16:17 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007          

muzicchik573
(18 points)
Posted by muzicchik573

thank you both... i will try that!


Re: im airy??    16:33 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007          

Flutist06
(1545 points)
Posted by Flutist06

Tiffloser and I already discussed this, but I would not recommend tightening your lips to get the low notes. Directing your air downward and doing long tones may prove useful, but tightening could well be counterproductive.


Re: im airy??    17:09 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007          

Account Closed
(3248 points)
Posted by Account Closed

Chris, perhaps tiff is meaning well and is just voicing it in different words. What I mean is that, I agree that in the lower notes your lips should be more relaxed, but muscles in the lips are still being used and tightened, just not the entire lips and that may be where she is coming from. I hope that makes sense. I am not good with explanations or words I am better at visuals.


Re: im airy??    17:23 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007          

Patrick
(1743 points)
Posted by Patrick

Kara and Chris, you are both correct, Tiff, just be careful what advice re tone you dispense, tension rarely produces a good tone anywhere on the flute...


Re: im airy??    13:58 on Saturday, March 24, 2007          

schoolgirl0125
(613 points)
Posted by schoolgirl0125

i always had problems with this too. but i learned to love my flute,myself.and my flute playing. i work on long tones.and tone excersises everyday. it's amazing what u can accomplish!
have faith. learn from mistakes, teachers.
and keep on praticing! yay! and listen to what the rest of the ppl advices on this forum. whoowho!


   




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