Posture is something that could be looked at from nearly any situation. From exercising to typing, each proper placement of the body has visual, functional, and health benefits. This post will dive into the nitty-gritty of proper posture for flute playing and some of the benefits from it.
We’ll start with a standing posture from the bottom of the body and up. First, your lower body should turned about 45-degrees to the right of your music stand, with your feet flat on the floor and shoulder width apart. Remember to keep your knees bent slightly to avoid blood circulation problems or passing out. Next, shift your hips so that your shoulders are nearly parallel to your music stand. Do NOT twist your waist, for that is not only uncomfortable, but hinders your breathing as well. Your arms should be bent at about 90-degree angles, kind of like some toy dolls, and when you lift up your flute, your arms should neither be tucked in, nor parallel to the ground like your getting ready to flap wings. Instead, your arms should be in a position somewhere in between with close to a straight wrist (especially in the right hand). Place the mouthpiece in the crevice of above your chin so that it is below your lower lip. The angle of your flute can be parallel to the ground or slanted slightly downward, no more than about 25-degrees. Stand tall with your chin slightly up, and there you have it; a good standing posture.
Having a proper standing position not only provides solid footing and good hand placement, it opens up and supports your air stream. That way, you can take deep, controlling breaths. It also prevents health hazards too, like poor circulation, and tendinitis.
A proper sitting position is very similar to standing; except the lower half of your body. Your upper body should still be straight and tall, with your chin slightly up and your flute parallel or angled slightly. When sitting, you should sit at the edge of the chair with your feet flat on the floor; another way to look at it is that your legs form a 90-degree angle. You can sit with your feet facing directly toward the stand or off to the side, much like when your standing. Now you have a good sitting posture. The flat feet support the posture, and the tall torso opens your airway.
There you have it, a proper way to stand or sit while playing the flute. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to give a like. If there was one thing you took away from this or future posts you’d like me to share, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks.