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Flute Tips

Vibrato

Once you have developed a decent tone, you are ready to add vibrato! Vibrato is the rapid slight fluctuation in pitch (pulsing) that can give your tone a nice, rich sound and can be used for expressive reasons. When learning vibrato, you can start with the following vibrato exercise to help develop the proper technique. This exercise also works great if you have not learned to control the speed
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Tips For a Successful Flute Audition

Whether you are auditioning for an honor band, entrance to a college music program, or for an orchestra or other ensemble, here are some tips to help you succeed. Be prepared. Practice your music until you feel comfortable playing it. Perform your audition materials for friends and family members prior to your audition. If you get nervous for auditions, practice in front of someone who makes you
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Flute Harmonics

For every pitch that sounds, additional pitches sound at the same time. This is because when an object vibrates, it also vibrates at smaller divisions simultaneously. These higher pitches are called overtones or harmonics. The overtones that a flutist produces help to determine his/her tone and makes the flute sound like a flute. Below is an overtones series. It shows which overtones would be
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B-flat Fingerings: Which one to use?

“Regular” Fingering: This fingering is the standard fingering first taught to beginners. Some teachers require that students master scales using this fingering before using the thumb-Bb key. The problem with this fingering is that it can often be clumsy and cause “blips” between notes. Use this fingering when the piece includes both B-naturals and B-flats, especially if the
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Building Your Resumé

Whether you plan on being a professional flutist or just want to play for fun, you never know when you might need a flute résumé! Having a few things to include will reduce stress if you ever do need to compile one. Here are a few suggestions of possible résumé builders. (Just a tip: once you have graduated from high school, you will want to rebuild your résumé,
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Practice Tips

Five ways to improve your practice session… Schedule a Regular Practice Time. Set a regular time and place to practice and stick to it. Once you let yourself slack off once, it is too easy to do it again. Soon you will find that you are skipping more days than you are practicing. Find a place that is away from distractions such as television, computers, food, etc. Have everything that
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Your Health and Flute Playing

At the start of a new school year, it’s a great time to think about your health habits and the effect they might be having on your flute playing. Playing the flute requires energy and muscle strength, and good health can actually improve your flute playing.Exercise! Aerobic exercise is especially important for flutists to help build stamina and breath control. Swimming is a great sport for
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The Magic of Scales: Five reasons to learn them now

Here are a few great reasons to learn your scales, plus tips for optimal scale “magic.” You will be able to play faster. Practicing your scales helps to build up technique that will allow your fingers to move quickly throughout the flute. You will also learn fingerings better, which is especially important in the high register of the flute. Fast music is often full of scales, so learning
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Conquering Performance Anxiety

Performance anxiety is a common problem faced by musicians, and it can sometimes be detrimental to a performance. With a little practice, you can learn to manage your nerves. Try these tips. Expect to be nervous. Every musician faces nerves at one time or another. It is easy to be deceived because some musicians are able to hide their nervousness, but even professional musicians fight performance
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Careers Involving the Flute

If you are thinking about a career in music, you might want to consider one of the following jobs. Some require specific training or degrees, but the more training you have in a variety of jobs, the better. Many musicians end up doing more than one! School Band/Orchestra Director: While band/orchestra directors focus primarily on one instrument during college, they must learn to teach and play
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