This is the first in a series of posts regarding a basic flute embouchure. Each day as you do your tone exercises you could consider if this tip is of benefit to you and build up a picture of a good basic embouchure.
Cover only about 1/3 of the embouchure hole on the flute. Most of the sound comes out of the embouchure hole so let it out and avoid over covering.
Here’s an article about fingers and hands. Some people take great care with their hand and finger positions whilst others aren’t so fussed. Personally I think having well positioned and relaxed fingers can bring positive benefits to your playing.
This is a good exercise for developing embouchure control. Once you get onto the harmonic just let the lips totally flop and pout to encourage a relaxed embouchure. If you have trouble getting to the harmonic easily try tonguing each note lightly to avoid tightening as you ascend.
Octave and Fifth Harmonics.mus
Tension is the antithesis of a good sound. It brings with it impurities and blemishes, causes problems with intonation, makes you sound like your squeezing your tone out like the last bit of toothpaste from a tube and impedes moving freely between registers.
Here’s an exercise I use with younger players to challenge and extend them with their scales. It’s more interesting and beneficial than just going up and down a scale. Of course it can be altered as required; various keys, ranges and articulation.
This is a fabulous tone exercise requiring great embouchure control, from my friend and mentor Elizabeth Koch. Start very softly, make a huge crescendo, slur up the octave seamlessly, glide across the semitone and diminuendo beautifully!
Here’s an article I wrote about how we breathe. Hopefully you’ll find it useful.
Taffanel once said the breath is the soul of the flute. Worthwhile keeping at the forefront of your mind.