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Flute Tips and Tricks

Flute Tips and Tricks

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Flute Tips & Tricks
Flute and PiccoloTips and Tricks
by Kim J. Teal
Copyright 2001, 2004 by Kim J. Teal
May not be reproduced in any form without prior consent. All Rights Reserved.
 Articulation Tips
1. The secret to good articulation is to have proper breath support. The tongue willwork more easily if it has a good cushion of air to interact with.2. Use the syllable "tee" for single tonguing rather than "tah" or "too". The latter twosyllables are both heavier and thuddier sounding, whereas, the syllable "tee" uses alighter tongue stroke and less tongue surface when articulating. Save the other twosyllables for accents or
style playing. If you are an American, you mightwant to learn to speak French. American flutists generally have more trouble withtonguing too heavily due to the way we enunciate our language. French flutists, onthe other hand, tend to have a lighter, cleaner articulation due to the way theyenunciate theirs. So, try French!
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3. The syllable "doo" is used for legato articulations or for soft tonguing in jazzmusic.4. A good way to achieve light, clean double tonguing is to use the word'ticket". It provides even weight on both syllables while using less tonguesurface. With triple tonguing, use "ticket-teh" or "teh-deh-keh". Don't forget toblow air! Breath support is even more important for achieving cleanarticulation when double and triple tonguing. For legato style double tonguing,try using the syllables "doo-goo".5. When tonguing, make sure to keep the tongue relaxed and retract the tonguedownward to the bottom of the mouth. This way the tongue doesn't interferwith the air column you are blowing in between articulations.
6. If you think you might have a minor speech impediment that is interferingwith your articulation, you might want to consider consulting a certifiedspeech therapist for an evaluation.
Fingering Tips & Tricks
1. Rub your right pinky finger along side of your nose to help it slide moreeasily from the D# key (lower pinky) to the C# and C keys on the foot joint.
2. When approaching low C# or C from any note other than Eb/D# or High A,leave the D# key off on the note before the low C or C# so that your pinkyfinger has time to get to the lower foot joint key(s). This can make for smootherfingering.3. Make sure on low C that you use both the C & C# keys. Some band fingeringcharts only show the low C roller as being depressed, but most flutes will leak if you don't depress both keys.4. If you have trouble reaching the gizmo key on your low B foot joint when
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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
 Alternate Fingerings
Solidaquakeys = depressed keys
Yellowkeys = trilled key
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