Monday, October 24, 2005

Exercise: The Long Blow

This is a great exercise for beginners and advanced players alike. It is a great way to warm up and transition from the other pressures of your day, into your time to play the flute.
First get comfortable, and sit upright in a chair with your flute. Shoulders relaxed.
Next, take a deep breath, cover the top three notes of the flute with the fingers of one hand, play this one note and hold it as long as you can, until you exhaust all of your air. Try to make the sound a steady tone from beginning to end. Use your ears and your hearing to focus on the sound coming from the flute. It may be helpful to close your eyes while you try this exercise, as you will be able to listen more closely to the note.
When you run out of breath, take another lung full of air and repeat.
You should feel all of the energy come out of you as you finish each breath into the flute. This is a very meditative and centering exercise.
Once you can complete this exercise on one note, practice this for each note of the scale. You should be focusing on creating a nice steady tone from beginning to end for each note.

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