How to get a CLEAR sound on the Flute


Hi, it’s Amelie. Today we are going to talk
about how to get a clear sound. (flute music) with beginners, what I usually do is that we start with only the head joint. And usually we put the hand
in the beginning on this part we close the flute and then (flute sound) it gets easy like that. Then you remove it (flute sound) you can even go (flute sounds) and make different sounds. But I feel that doing it like that is really only to get your first sounds. Because it’s very different
from blowing in only this part and blowing in the whole flute, because you need more air
to fill out the full flute. And the air is what makes the sound. The lips are only guiding the air. And a lot of people are very stressed about their lip position, and I think overly stressed
about their lip position. and, but I’m gonna address that because I feel its a need. I’ll say what you
shouldn’t be doing first. You shouldn’t be kissing like this, bringing your lips forward, like that, none of this, so, if I do it, wait I didn’t put my
embouchure in the right spot. Oh yeah, it’s okay. Like this… (air sounds) I can’t even make a sound. You shouldn’t roll your
lips in either like this, you know, or like this, or… (air sounds) I can’t make a sound either. And you shouldn’t smile. (airy flute sounds) this way I can, but it’s not very nice. Or frown too much, you
know to (air sounds) anything that’s really extreme you know (air sounds) because what you wanna do
is just keep it neutral as if you were just talking. Your lips, they’re close to your teeth. They’re not glued to your teeth but they’re close to your teeth. The corner of your lips are together because you want a small
hole in the middle. You don’t want too big so
you bring them together and you make a small hole
like this. (blowing air) and you blow forward, a little
bit at an angle like this. The air goes on an angle
because you want the air to go touch the other side of the, you know you have the lip plate, you have this hole here, you want to touch the other side of the hole with the air so you get this whistle you know. There has to be air on both
sides but mostly inside. So just in that angle. (flute music) so, that’s for the lips, but don’t be obsessed with
the embouchure position and the lips. A middle position that
allows you to go in different registers with suppleness
is what you need. And it’s just guiding the air. It’s not making the sound. The sound is made by the air. So, once you’ve found your sweet spot by doing as little as possible
with your lips really, just keeping it neutral, bringing, making a
little aperture and then (air sound) blowing in an angle here in towards your flute, you found your sweet spot. Now you need to blow air constantly. So, you need to breathe well. Briefly, keep a good posture so that you have space to breathe. If you’re collapsed, you won’t have, the air can barely get in and out. So, keep a good posture. Bring your chin inside, don’t
bring your head outside. Don’t be afraid to expand, you know, in the back, in the front, on the sides. You know, breathe in
three dimensions, like (breathing sound) and then use your muscles around to (air sound) push the
air in a very constant way. So, (flute music) and I don’t change the way I blow the air depending on the fingers. I can just… I blow the same way and I move my fingers. But when you work your sound, the most important thing is your ears. You need to listen to yourself and be aware of yourself. And you need also to
make a reference point in your head of what is a good sound, like a mental image of
the sound that you want and then you can reproduce that sound. Because if it’s not clear to you what a good sound is, then you don’t know what
you’re working towards. (air sounds) So, listen to some flute and you can also choose
a note that sounds good and start on that note and that is your reference note when you practice your sound exercises. Using a mirror is also very efficient. This way you can see what you are doing and see what sounds good
and what sounds not as good. (air sounds) and you can
experiment in front of a mirror trying to find your sweet
spot, like (flute music) you know trying to figure it out. You shouldn’t be covering more than a third to a quarter
of the flute here. So, don’t cover too much of the hole. Keep it open because
you need that whistling. While you practice in front of a mirror, make sure you don’t do this, ’cause sometimes people get tired and their arms go down but the
head stays in the same line and then the angle is not good any more and it’s difficult (flute
sounds) to have a good sound if your flute is not aligned. So, many things you can
look at in the mirror and also listen and be very
aware of your own sound. Of course, your flute needs to be stable. If it’s moving around, like this you know, it will be a problem. So, it has to be solid,
sturdy on your chin or on your lip, your lower lip and then you need to
have the fulcrum points that are here on the chin, this part of the left
hand, that index finger, then your thumb of the right hand. It has to be able to hold like this. And you need stability. Stability in the lips,
stability on the flute and then (air sound) constant air. Now, I’m going to do a
little sound exercise and you can do it with
me, play along with me. I’ll put my metronome at 60 and I’ll play one beat, the first note and three beats the second note. I’ll go from B above the staff and I’ll go one semi-tone lower each time. So, B, B flat, then I breathe. And I go B flat A, I breathe, A, A flat. So, I repeat the second note every time. (metronome ticking) (flute music) you can practice this exercise slower if you can or a bit faster it depends on your lung
capacity at the moment. And you can practice with vibrato, without vibrato it’s both good. It’s really about the sound. I’m gonna do the high register. So, I’m gonna go from the
same B above the staff and I’m gonna go all the way up. So, B, C, then C, C sharp, then I repeat C sharp and I go to D. (metronome ticking) (flute music) so, I stopped at the high C, but you can stop before
that if you need to. To recap, I would say, don’t be obsessed with your lip position. Have a very clear mental image
of the sound that you want. Be aware of that and thrive to get that. Use a mirror when practicing. And also, focus a lot on the air stream and having a air column
that’s very steady. I hope this was helpful. If you like the video, please like it. If you haven’t subscribed
yet, please subscribe and thanks for watching. (flute music) (air blowing)

100 comments

can you tell how to breath quickly becouse then I have to play quick song I just can’t breath and there isn’t enought air….

You see I just got this new flute and I can't get a sound out of it I've been trying for many hours now and I still can't get a sound. Can someone give me some tips of like the mouth shape and the position of the flute?

"people are overly stressed with their lip position" – literally 20% my time playing flute is bc of this.

I am starting the flute after the holidays and I am so excited 😆
This video was very relaxing
This is kinda weird but your voice soothes me a lot. Your videos are amazing 😉
From Australia

Very helpful…I am in the midst of making a six hole keyless flute and being an old trombone player I am having a hard time with my embrasure, so this was helpful. Thank you!

Hey, so I just got a new flute the other day and I love it! I’ve never played before so I’m not good lol but when I got it i of course looked up videos on tips and you were one of the first channels I saw. I love this channel a lot and i look forward to every video. Your video have helped me so much with my flute and I’m so thankful. This channel is amazing!!

buongiorno l'ho guardata volentieri e pur in inglese ho capito cosa intende perché anche la mia insegnante mi ha insegnato simili cose. grazie

If you can play a tune on the clarinet, and then play the same tune on a flute, is it the same keys pressed on the flute as the clarinet or is it a completely different lay out. Thanks.

can someone tell my why sometimes some of my notes play very airy/breathy? i think its my flute all my notes are normal until i play F E D, they dont produce much sound, it sounds like a beginner flutist trying to produce a sound? i checked everything in the keys im not sure what it is?

I play saxophone but I think im going to play flute but…..LEDGER LINES😢I Should be friends with them cause You play flute with high pitch

I bought the amazon flute you were talking about and this instrument is really fun to play. Trying to understand the lips position is a challenge I just gave me and the fun fact is that you get better every day so you can't really give up. Well thanks for your nice videos that really make playing flute a fun game 🙂

I’ve been playing for 4 years and this is just making me question my whole technique. I play crooked and I’m trying to fix it, even though my sound is clear. Though is it bad if I play crooked but my sound is still clear? When I play my jaw kinda goes to the side unconsciously so I play more on the side of my mouth. I wonder if it’s bad and if I should fix it fast, even though I still sound good.

How do you get a clean sound without the “undertone” once you get to the second register A and higher? Also, on some days I can get a clear sound and on others there’s the undertone or just too much saliva. Why does that happen? My technique has been the same.

I’m trying to play a clear sound with high notes D: it’s very hard! And I’ve been playing for 4 years!!

Question bc I'm a beginner: If I get a bit lightheaded when I play after a while is that normal? 😰
Btw this helped me to get a more clear sound bc when I first played I sounded like u did with the frown but I didnt have a frown☺

i signed up for band for next year and i have less then a month and im desperate to learn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need help i cant even make a simple little sound let alone learn the notes!!!

I always thought because the mouth position had a little space in between the mouth I thought u put the mouth in a metal mouth piece for some reason lol

I’m joining band this year and flute is the instrument I chose u sound so good! It’s ok I can keep on practicing and should take my time so I can get it right! Thx for the help imma stay updated on ur channel I’m a new sub btw 😊

In my school before we are in band we test the instrument we want and I was good at the flute and the clarinet but I chose the flute my second fav other than the violin😁😁

I need help because when I blow, I keep it natural. Blow air steady and nice, but my flute keeps making like a screeching noise. When i'm playing, i sound nice then all of the sudden it makes a screeching noise. Any tips on how to stop that? Im a beginner flute player

Hello. My flute is half tone sharper than it should be, I guess. I mean, when I'm trying to play C, it sounds like C-sharp. Pulling out the head joint for 15mm solves the problem, but is that the right way to tune the flute? I also tried to move the cork but neither place of it affected the sound. May I receive your thoughts on this, please?

Oh my goodness, I’m so lucky that you uploading a LONG time ago. I signed up for band practice and I don’t even know how to blow into it (blow past it)!

Im a new band student now, and im playing the flute! I chose it because its really easy for me to blow, and also im different because im left handed, so i have to practice some skills for right handed because i cant be the only person who plays flute on the wrong way cuz people may make fun of me but im ok! By the way i love this video because its really educational for flute players! Love ittt!

I joined band for middle school and I went for the fitting where you got to try all the instruments and they positioned the instrument and the person who was fitting me I asked to try the flute first and the rolled the flute down and didn’t position it correctly so I couldn’t blow it to it so I got clarinet and now I’m asking if I can switch but I have to wait another month

Hello, I really like your style and I am just starting to listen to your videos so you may have covered this question in another video. I have always had a wonderful sound in the lower two octaves but an airy sound in my upper two octaves. I played all through high school and it was pretty much all I did. I have recently picked up the flute again after 16 years and still have the exact same issue. Do you have any ideas how I can rid sound of the air? Is it just my embouchure being too large? Thanks!

Hello! I need a bit of help. I'm currently in 6th grade and I'n beginning band. I can make a sound on the flute a decently clear sound but making a note loud is almost impossible. I'm using as much air as possible and checking my embouchure frequently and how I'm holding and placing the flute but I still can't get a clear sound that is loud enough. I just need a little help. Thank you!

hi I love ur vids I have a pink flute I got 2 hours ago my mom and dad got it for me for band and now I’m practicing only when I got it!i start Tuesday and can’t wait to show my teacher all the good things I can do on it. He said I will be going to band 1/2 or 2 hours per day cause school ends at 1:25 for me.im in 4th grade and this was really helpful!thank you so much -Dara

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