Air sounds articulated with 'sssh' by soundandmusic published on 2010-10-07T10:40:36Z Air Sounds: A multitude of air sounds are possible on the flute, from a slightly airy tone to full air sounds, jet whistles and breathing effects. Air sounds can be articulated with consonants (se, sss, ch, ke, te, pe etc.) and can be used in a variety of combinations. Be aware that sustained air sounds use up a lot of air, especially on alto and bass flute, and may require frequent breaths. The sound of breathing in has sometimes been used, but with limited effect; to create a noisy in-breath, the player has to involve the throat in the breathing process, thereby creating an in-breath which is much shallower than would ordinarily be used. On low flutes, this does not allow for enough air to play effectively. Beware also of hyperventilation!