I find working with quarter tones very interesting because it takes a fresh look at the whole finger system that we are used to. It makes the mind more flexible. And besides that quarter notes are also good for practicing intonation.
Flute Colors arrangements
Sheet music with extended techniques for flute
Here you can buy and download sheet music of arrangements with extended techniques for flute.
Variations on well know flute exercises, traditional songs, but also modern pop songs. From Drouet and Bach to Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars. Have fun with extended techniques for flute!
The trio of this German dance is also called ‘The sleigh ride’. Imagine you are skating on the ice. Snow all around you. Since it is not really possible to imitate bells on the flute, I used wind sounds and flutter tongue to make the trio of this dance extra special.
Practicing long notes is a good way to warm up. Adding flutter tongue to the note improves your support. This song is also perfect for practicing this multiphonic. What a wonderful feeling when you let those two notes sound at the same time.
Harmonics are good for practicing support and flexibility. That’s why your sound gets bigger. Practice this song first with the regular notes, then with the harmonics, and the third time with the regular notes again. Compare the first and third time and notice the difference in sound.
Small trills are needed in this piece. In this arrangement, the trills are replaced by bisbigliando trills. Nice colorful trills in one tone. When playing in a flute ensemble, the bass (alto) part must be played and sung to get the characteristic fifths in the bass.
Theobald Böhm, inventor of our modern flute, has also written several studies and pieces for flute. In this study articulation is important. By adding pizzicato to the piece, you can practice articulation and coordination between the tongue and the abdomen.
Singing and playing can give this wonderful feeling of freedom. Especially if you have to sing and play different melodies at the same time. It is also very good to get a better sound and train your aural skills.