How to Circular Breathe on the Flute

Circular breathing on the flute makes it possible for you to play continuously without stopping the airflow. The basis for the technique is simple, but it will require a significant amount of time to master and make it a viable technique in an actual performance. This technique is rarely needed, but it does come in handy for certain pieces in which there isn't much room to breathe such as Rimsky Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee."

Step 1

Breathe in by using your diaphragm muscles. Pull air into your stomach and begin playing a single note.

Step 2

Puff our your cheeks to store air in your mouth which you will use to continue playing when it comes time to take a breath.

Step 3

Breathe in through the nose when you feel that your lungs are running out of air. At the same time, use the air in your mouth and cheeks to continue playing.


Practice breathing in through the nose by using a sniffing motion. You won't be able to breathe in continuously; the technique of circular breathing involves taking short, quick spurts of air. Take in just enough air to keep the airflow constant and to keep breathing.


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