Flute/bass flute


How difficult is breath control in a bass flute as compared to s C flute?

Hi Joel,

Thanks for the email.  I find bass flute can take some getting used to, but if you have a decent instrument, it is very attainable.  

In regards to amount of air you have to blow to make a sound, I don't feel it it much different.  To gain a good sustained sound it is helpful to have your lungs as full as possible for support all the time (which will likely benefit your C flute playing as well).   

Experimenting with air direction and the amount that your lips "grip" the airstream also makes quite a difference.

Good Luck!


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