These notes are from the 2005 Colorado Flute Fair at Metro State University, Denver.
Syrnix - Debussy
- Has to have an improv. feel to it.
- It must sound like it is floating
- Tuning the C#
- Play a low C# and over blow, and then play the correct fingering and listen to see if there is a difference. The overtone should be more in tune.
- Practice an entire piece with the enharmonic fingering so you can hear what it should sound like.
- Triplets in this piece.
- each set of triplets needs to lead to the next.
- break into groups to practice
- High E, Alternate fingering:
- Play a High E, and then take the pinky off and cover half of the hole on L2 (A key).
- You can also vent the second trill key.
- In side your mouth you have the change the syllable from "ahhh" to "ooo", push your lips forward.
- "The fastest notes should get he most air, which is opposite from what the flute wants to do."
Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre - Rodrigo
- Focusing the sound
- Add an edge by letting the upper lip overlap.
- Don't add to much tension to the side of the mouth
- Tension in the lips can add air to the sound.
- To prevent this, you can do whistle tones. These are good because your mouth has to be relaxed.
- On the higher notes open your back teeth up, it will add sound and volume.
- When performing runs that go high to low, make sure that the low notes are heard just as much as the high notes.
- See if you can play the pattern: c, c#, c, d, c, d#... without moving your jaw.
Suite Modale - Bloch
- Low notes, focus the air down, top lip overlap a little and push out so you don't go flat.
- Smooth Fingers
- The air between the notes, say you have Bb to D#
- Play: Bb, B, C, C#, D, D#
- Play: Bb, C#, D#
- Play: Bb, D#