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Hello All, I am new to flute lesson and playing and have been practicing for about a month now with a good teacher. She always has me stand up and play but when I'm at home I like to sit and practice (I'm and older student and get light headed when I play low notes). My question is, which is better or does it matter? I see soloist standing while playing but orchestra players sitting, which one is best?
It's better to play standing, in this way it's easier to control your abdominals an so your breathing, so you have a better sound. Play standing up is harder, but not impossible, of course. I think that orchestra players are sitting because of the long duration of the concerts... I prefer to play standing, but I admit that after studying for several hours can be comfortable to sit and continue to play sitting!
I almost always practice and play sitting down.
I can certainly appreciate why playing standing is better, as Valeria says, I just tend to play seated.
Because I almost always play seated, I find playing while standing more difficult. So it would seem best to practice both ways, so you don't feel uncomfortable either way.
I'm still working my way up to being able to play the top end of the range of notes. It's those which tend to make me a bit light headed, rather than the low notes.
A bad breathing may be the reason of feeling light headed. Low notes are quite easy to play, while high notes need more abdominal tension and so a faster breath. You'll certainly observe that the more you practice the more you feel comfortable playing those notes. Practice is the secret. It always is! :)
I site when I practice my flute. That was the way my flute teach had told me to play.
All can say is to sit up nice and tall and breath when you are to and you should do okay.
It is easier to use your whole lung capacity while standing but as long as you use good posture, can breathe fully and are comfortable, either sitting or standing is ok. Remember how it feels to play standing, especially how your back and lungs feel, while sitting and that will help.
Getting dizzy while playing is not unusual when getting started but don't get worried. It means you're still getting used to the breath control the flute needs. Stop and get your breath back whether you're sitting or standing since passing out is not what we're going for at all! Most students actually use too much air to start with which is part of why they get dizzy. As you get used to how much air it takes to get the sound you want, you will get dizzy less often.
Whenever I practice solo repertoire, I always practice standing. It allows you to control more aspects of your playing than if you were sitting. However, I also always practice orchestral repertoire sitting, because I never stand while playing in an orchestra, and if practice repertoire in any other position than how I would perform it, it changes my playing during the performance.