Okay, breathing. HOW?!
Hello. I am somewhat of a newbie — I grew interested in the keyless flute in around 2015-ish(?) and decided to get myself one, and started down the road of learning to play it. I now have an 8-key and a 6-key, although I’m focused on the 8-key as my main flute since I like having a C foot. The thing is, once I started blowing opera tunes through it, I drifted away from Irish music. Hand even an Irish flute to an Italian, and eventually we end up blowing opera out of it, plus classical tunes are my home court on other instruments. I’ve been listening to it for my whole life, so it feels more natural to me.
But I still really do like the Irish dance music; it’s fun as anything, and I like the freer sense of tone in it. However … HOW THE H*LL DO YOU BREATHE?! Opera is so much easier, and with the exception of Bach lots of classical tunes give you rests and places to breathe. Where they don’t, you can usually just phrase things to give yourself a little room.
But the Irish dance music just takes no prisoners on this front. I can’t even manage to get through Willy Coleman’s without either losing air or tensing up like mad to the point where my embouchure completely falls apart.
To any self-taught flute players who remember what it was like to learn this stuff as an adult: do you have any tips or hints? A lot of it seems to come down to "well, just work it out," and clearly I can’t. And there have got to be some general guidelines for this sort of thing. 🙁