Unfortunately I can’t dance. This song makes me feel like I can. It’s hard to sit still and just play this exercise. I suggest you don’t fight it and go with the flow. The key clicks in this exercise help you improve the finger movement, the wind sounds make the embouchure flexible and to activate the abdomen I added tongue stops to the exercise.
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!
Stephen C. Foster wrote numerous pieces and songs. All in a beautiful, simple style. This song is an example. I added some bisbigliando trills. It’s fun to play with timbre a bit and working with different fingerings gives you more flexibility.
Working with wind sounds is magical to me. They make the embouchure flexible and that helps me in any flute situation. They are also perfect for practicing dynamics. In order to play softly on the flute , we have to move our lower lip forward. This exercise is for practicing that. Practice slowly as this is a very tiring exercise!
Playing a steady whistle can be challenging. With this piece we take the challenge to another level. You can play the first part solo. Or the first and fourth part as a duet. If you have one or two other flute friends, play it as a trio or quartet. Enjoy the soft whispering sounds and above all: relax!
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.
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.