Flute Practice Tips

This section is to share tips about flute playing based on my own experiences.  Hope this helps others.

I don't like practicing. Even though I started playing flute when I was 10, I never really practiced until I started the grad school in the States. What I often came up with was to make practice games to have more fun than torturing.



How to hold flute フルートの持ち方

See video

Breath Training Game 長い息のためのゲーム感覚練習

This is a game I used to play for myself every day. Download the attached PDF.  Set your metronome to 60 bpm, and play as written.  It is written so you add note after note one by one, getting harder and harder.  Until you find the way to support your air compression with your diaphram, you will run out of your breath way before you reach the bottom.

You can only try once a day!

When you fail, take a note where you failed, and waite until next day you have another chance to try. You have only one chance a day, that rule gives you the focus.  It took me about 8 month before I got to the bottom.

Try mimicking/imaging the intake breath when you are surprised and shocked. This is not for the speed of intake but to widen the air path from your mouth to your diaphram. 

毎日必ずやっていた練習ゲームのひとつです。まず添付のPDFファイルをダウンロードして下さい。メトロノームを60 bpmにセットし、譜面の通りに、止まらずに演奏して下さい。一個ずつ音が増えていくので少しずつつらくなってくるはずです。横隔膜で支えを作って空気の圧力をコントロールすることをからだが覚えるまでは譜面の半分もいかないかもしれません。




Practicing difficult passages 楽曲の難しい部分の練習方法

Keep in mind, you want to play at 70% of what you have.  If you play at 100%, it will sound desperate and no one will enjoy it.  You practice to the point that is 100% and you only use 70% of that to perform so you have the full control.

  1. Set the metronome slow where I am confident to nail
  2. Play the section without any mistake 10 times in a row
    Reset the counter when you fail and start over (this is the game part)
  3. Set the metronome 2 clicks faster
  4. Repeat from step 2)
  5. When it got to the point it is too fast to repeat 10 times in a row, write down the metronome number and try again next day

Again, practicing should be fun, not torturing, or you won’t improve as much as you wish.
I highly recommend recording your practice when you are ready. It is important to check yourself subjectively often.


  1. メトロノームを確実に演奏できる速さに設定する
  2. 問題の箇所を10回続けて間違えないように演奏する
  3. メトロノームを2クリック速く設定する
  4. ステップ2)からまた繰り返し
  5. 速すぎて不可能なところまで行ったら最終メトロノームの速さを記録してまた翌日挑戦




Trevor Wye

I hope you have Trevor Wye's "Practice Book for the Flute Volume 1". This book is a must-have.

Click to see the image. The section is called "Preparing for the high register".  These 2 pages, page 18 and 19 are my favorite.