Flute Tips & Tricks
playing high notes, use the low B roller key instead.
5. Use your index and ring fingers for the trill keys instead of the middle finger.This keeps your hand balanced and in position. (The notable exception to thisis the high Bb fingering).6. When slurring down to high E natural from high A natural, take your D#key (lower pinky) off on High E. The high E will respond much more easily.Note that the D# key must be on for high A or it won't come out.
7. Piccolo players that have a middle G - A natural trill, can "cheat" and crosstrill, using the right hand index finger instead of the 3rd finger on the left hand.It gives a more even trill. This generally works best on a sustained trill.
8. Piccolo players who are playing high B natural should make sure not to letthe 2nd trill key vent open too far. On most piccolos, if this key opens too far,the note won't speak as easily. Also on some piccolos, using the 1st trill key forhigh B natural helps to bring the pitch down. Piccolo players shouldexperiment with alternate fingerings as success in using them varies morewidely from piccolo to piccolo than the flute.
9. To play a low G or A on the piccolo (varies from instrument to instrument),cover the end of the piccolo with your pinky finger. You will need to have agood seal on the D# key's pad for this to work. You can also play a low Db byhalf covering the end
Solidaquakeys = depressed keys
Yellowkeys = trilled key
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