Improving Flute Tone

Flute Tone pic
Flute Tone pic
Flute Tone

Heidi Scott of Mr. Sterling, Illinois, serves as an attorney and CPA at her own legal practice. Outside of her Illinois business, Heidi Scott is an accomplished musician and has taught advanced flute.

Proper flute tone is key to presenting the right feeling and rhythm of a musical piece. However, many flute players struggle with tone.

Good tones start with good posture. The way the body is held significantly affects a musician’s technique, ease of breathing, and quality of sound.

Ideally, the back should be kept straight while the head is up and forward. The flute should be nearly parallel to the ground.

Beyond posture, flute players must maintain good air support when they play a series of notes. Air support starts with taking a good breath and ensuring the air stream and tone remain steady.

Finally, good tones come from routine practice. Flutists should practice their long tones every day. By holding a single note for an extended time, flute players will be able to hear when they are improving.