This area introduces the skills needed to give your flute playing a solid foundation. Click on a topic below to work in that area.


You control the quality of your tone through your embouchure and your breath. There are other factors - the qualities of the flute you are playing, for example - but the primary areas where you control the tone are embouchure and breath control.

Embouchure is the position of your mouth in relation to the flute's headjoint.
Here is a page that has checkpoints and exercises for developing a good embouchure.
How well you use your breath affects every element in your flute playing.
Here is a page that describes the use of the breath and provides exercises for developing breath control.
An important element in expressive flute playing is use of vibrato.
Here is a page that discusses varying approaches to vibrato, provides some exercises for developing vibrato, and includes links to some valuable resources for developing vibrato.


Playing a wind instrument requires developing a very agile tongue.
Here is a page that contains checkpoints and exercises for developing your tonguing.


Technique development is the process of becoming fluent in the vocabulary of music: scales, intervals, arpeggios.
Here is a page that provides exercises for technique development.

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