When performing, many flutists shift their weight from one foot to another; this disrupts the body’s natural alignment(32). When you perform, as well as when you simply stand, your weight should be equally dispersed on both feet(33). When standing, a flutist’s weight should also be equally distributed on the arches of the feet(34). The arch of your foot is created by the space between your heel and the ball of your foot; the toes are not considered part of the arch(35). Rocking backward to the heel of your foot, and forward to the ball of your foot will disrupt your balance(36). Find the correct foot placement in relation to your music by pointing your left foot towards the stand, and your right foot aligned slightly to the right, about thirty degrees(37).

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This section is part of an article that can be found here: Arm Pain while playing the Flute.