Breathing bag for flute? Yes!


We can help ourselves manage our breath control using simple tools, like the breathing bag.  Students always ask me why they struggle to improve, even with weeks of flute practice.  The answer is usually not an obvious one – it’s because we can’t see the air we use to play.  Flute players should learn how to control their breath – not simply use more of it.

The breathing bag is a simple, but powerful self-teaching device for musicians.  The breathing bag is a latex free bag originally intended for medical purposes, but pioneered for musical use by Arnold Jacobs, renowned Tuba player of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  The breathing bag was introduced for flute instruction by Mannes College, The New School for Music faculty Keith Underwood and also taught by University of Minnesota Flute professor Immanuel Davis.

In general, the following describes the basic steps for practicing with a breathing bag:

1. Take a breath, release air into the bag, and you will find the bag is expanding.

2. Place lips around the tube and inhale the air.

3. Continue to breath in and out, but silently and evenly.

4. Avoid making noise from the throat. The tongue and throat should be relaxed.


Benefits of using the breathing bag during practice sessions include:

*Smoother airstream during long phrases

*Increased stamina for performance

*Mastery of efficient breath control

*Improved tone quality and intonation and enhanced articulation quality

*Control the volume of air with a graduated breathe in and breathe out process

Within weeks of using the breathing bag, students will benefit far more than by traditional practicing methods.  If this sounds like something which could benefit you or your aspiring young flutist, please contact me regarding flute studio lessons.



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