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Flutter tongue

All there is to know about Flutter tongue

About Flutter tongue

Flutter tongue is a tonguing technique in which performers flutter their tongue to make a characteristic ‘Frrrr’ sound.

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

Extended techniques for better control

Adding extended techniques like Flutter tongue to your every day flute studies improves your overall flute control.

Download Flutter tongue sheet music right here from flutecolors.com

Flutter tongue sheet music sample

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Notation

Most composers use little stripes on the stems if they want the performer to use flutterzunge.

Some composers just write ‘fl.‘ or ‘flz.‘ in the score.

Practise

Studying flutterzunge on the flute is useful for:
– Opening throat
– Relaxing tongue

Picc/alto/bass

This technique can be used on all flutes.

Composers

Level:

General:   Becomes more difficult:
This technique is quite easy to realize as a seperate technique.  
  • On higher tones
  • for a longer time
 

Sound example

Here you can listen to a short example of flatterzunge. I’m playing Mei by Fukushima.