Yes I'm still learning it after 6 weeks lessons.
Yes I am still learning it!
I am very grateful for my flute teacher who took me from zero knowledge to finding my way in a scale that contains 4 sharps (E major)! I am very grateful for her patience for letting me blow hissing sounds, striden, wobbly sounds, no sound and for lowering my arms in frustration and still smiling kindly, saying: practice those exercises for nest week!
I decided that I would follow Trevor Wye. My lady teacher knows him. She’d been to some of his International Flute days he organises in Canterbury. She told me he is very strict. He even threw a pencil at a student once!
He wrote a book called “Practice book for the flute” divided into the different aspects of flute difficulties.
One aspect is breathing. It’s important to dwell on this to become proficient to play long phrases. Here’s his recommendation, and exercise:
“Place your hands backward on your hips. Start by breathing out all the air out of your lungs. All the air, not just most of it. Yes, really; all of it! It should feel uncomfortable.
Now breathe in slowly through your nose. Start filling the abdomen first, then expand the ribs outwards. You may also feel your back filling out. Take in the maximum you can. Do not breathe out: now take a bit more. Yes, you can! And a bit more, and a bit more still. Hold it. Now breathe out slowly Get rid of every bit of air in your lungs. Keep breathing out until it feels painful. Now relax.
Begin again. Repeat six times.”
He asks the trainee to measure the chest and measure the expansion. Note it in a diary over the next 12 months and see the difference!
Photo will follow when I've got someone to take it for me. did try a selfie, but horribly blurred!)
Cheers, Mic being puffed out!!!