Flute and Meditation

Meditation for flutists. Yes, the flute is not just an instrument that is used for creating beautiful mediation music. In fact, meditation can be greatly helpful to flutists as well. We hope you enjoy this article about flute and meditation.

Flute and Meditation

As flutists we wish to
to resonate with every part of our body with the sound we create.

flute and meditation

To achieve this we use every cavity to form and enrich our sound. This is why it is important to go on a search for rigidity that we are not aware of.

They might be an obstacle to the quality of our sound and also to our enjoyment when playing the flute.

Meditation helps us create a state of inner alertness while we are also relaxed.

It teaches us to guide us in and out of those states that are very useful when playing a wind instrument, especially the flute.

Moreover, meditating helps you discover your inner tensions and get them to relax consciously.

Connect with your inner strength


How can doing literally nothing guide you to find strength? To help you with both practices, flute and meditation.

It isn’t easy. Actually it is one of the hardest things, to not be distracted and train your awareness for what is. No judgment, no analysis, just noticing what is. When you do that, you will slowly find missing pieces of your own inner strength and build them up together. Looking in the same direction and not being in contrast. That would be a misuse of so much precious energy.

Every one can meditate. But everyone does it differently. Let your feelings guide you to your own practice routine and follow what feels good. Sit in an alert but not rigid way and breathe slowly. Nothing else.

Sounds easy?

It is very hard. We love to think and judge. To come up with all memories to validate our present state and make plans for the future. Writing imaginary lists of anything is also very popular.

As helpful as it is to live and organize our life, it overwrites and sometimes goes into opposition to where our inner energy is at. Meditation can help us to be able to use this tool as well and live life more fully. Knowing where your inner strength is at, how to find and guide it to good use in alignment with yourself is the best use of your time. Playing the flute and meditation have much in common.

Because you are not distracted you can go on a discovery tour of where your energy is blocked, misused or even resistance occurs. Often it is us who are our worst enemies. So let us befriend ourselves and find out more, shall we?



Prepare for effective practice of flute and meditation

When you let go of resistance, negative thoughts and gather all the energy and
focus that you need for good musical practice, those sessions will be
highly effective.

focus and flute practiceYou will learn not to be distracted, focus on the matter at hand and resolve your problems, even before you label them as problems. It is not the hours of practice but the quality of focus that improves our playing and preparation for stage or competition.

Practice your focus imagining being on stage or at the competition. Thus, you will be able to get back to that mind frame when the situation really occurs. While playing the flute or during meditation feel free to imagine your reaction and putting that into your every day practice. Start when you warm up. Imagine you are warming up in a room filled with other musicians and need to focus on your own playing.

Catch your mind when it wanders. Mine certainly does, whenever I practice scales with the metronome, I find myself making lists of anything, but not being sure whether I am playing on time. Meditation practice in the morning helps me to train that gentle non-judgemental return to focus.



Fight stage Fright with flute and meditation

Meditation helps to train your concentration muscle. It might sound weird, but concentration and focus is like a muscle in the brain and can be trained.

The more you familiarize with it, the better it can serve you on stage. Playing the flute and using meditation will help you build it up and strengthen it.


stage fright can be overcomeYou will be able to establish a home base, to which you can always come back.

This won’t happen overnight, but it will happen with practice. Just like you learned playing the flute. It is more important to be consistent than to have occasional extreme sessions of practice.

Start out with 10min every morning. To do that you use any free YouTube meditation or Apps like Calm.

It is important that you find a meditation series or single practices that make you feel well and calm. Moreover, be sure to like the voice and not be irritated by it.


The same goes for the music. I personally prefer strings, as they have less to do with my flute practice and do not interfere with calming me down to a focused state of inner connection.

Also read our article about stage fright for more information.



Meditation for Flutists

Furthermore, if you prefer, you can just sit down in a concentrated but not stiff way, close your eyes. Find your home base in a sound, that you follow and that you focus on, like a fridge or birds singing. To me, as I guess to many flutists, my breathing is my home base. I concentrate on my breath and welcome the air inside my lungs, follow its path every step of breathing in and out. Flute and Meditation are very similar and the practice of one enhances the other.

meditation and musicIf thoughts occur, let them be.
Label them with the word “thought” and you won’t be caught up in them. Notice and do not judge.

Train the muscle of coming back to your home base. You wouldn’t be able to do that if you weren’t drifting.

So don’t be hard on yourself, just gently come back to your focus.

I like to try to breathe using odd numbers, as that helps me stay focused, like three breaths in and five out.

It is thus a very helpful practice to start your day with meditation. Get in contact with yourself, your goals.

Define and refine your day’s program and prepare to enjoy every moment of it. Thus being open to change, and welcome any new situation or unexpected event.


Get the most out of your practice and stay focused when it is most important to you,

in life and  on stage!

Happy fluting,


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4 thoughts on “Flute and Meditation”

  1. Hey, After reading your last article, I think it was on double stops I think, Correct me if i am wrong, I thought I would give this one a read, There is so much emotion in music and it has been my escape for years, Learning to meditate is a very tricky task, You are a great writer, well done and thanks again for the read.

    • Hi Luke, thanks for stopping by and commenting our most recent article! Happy you can relate and liked it. Wasn’t it flute in nature that you read earlier?
      Thank you for complimenting on my writing, I appreciate it!
      Stay healthy and hope to welcome you again soon on topflute,

  2. The link between playing the flute and meditation is very organic to me. When I hear James Galway or Jean Pierre Rampal play, the sound of the flute is magical and sends my mind into a different plane.

    Are you the flutist in the videos on the right? I loved these performances. And some of the slower pieces were perfect for meditation. Please let me know Janie.

    You make a great argument that there is a connection between controlling ones breathing to play the flute and the effort required for meditation. Both situations require ones mind to be totally focused to ones breathing. Unlike playing the piano.

    What flute compositions would you recommend best to be used for meditation?

    All the best to you.


    • Dear Edwin, so wonderful that you know two of the greatest flutists of all times and listen to them. They are a true sorce of inspiration! Thank you for asking, yes I am the flutist in the videos. So happy you enjoyed them! I appreciate letting me know. Some of the pieces might be good for meditation but actually, at the time, I couldn’t keep calm and in every piece there comes some drama at a certain point 😉

      You might be surprised to know that in fact also pianists must have a breathing technique to support their musical expression. Just like even athletes learn to channel their energies. If a pianist or violinist doesn’t know how to breathe consciously, you won’t enjoy their playing as much.

      It is even harder for them to keep awareness as they do not use the air stream directly to produce a sound. If they are nervous and breathe shallowly, they might be playing just as well, but will not use their breath to overcome nervousness. This is something a wind player has to learn early on. So if we master it and use it for expression as well, we can achieve a Gesamtkunstwerk 😉

      That is my very personal opinion,
      Best wishes and hope to talk again soon,



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