Harmonic series on the flute
The harmonic range of a note is always built up with the same intervals. In the example you see the harmonic range on C4. Transpose this range to determine the harmonic range of other notes.
Harmonics are notated with two notes written over each other. On the high note a little open round is written.
The diamond shaped notes indicate the fingering one should use.
The regular shaped notes indicate which note should sound.
Piccolo - alto flute - bass flute
This technique can be used on all flutes. The harmonic series are the same. Be aware that the alto flute is in G and sounds a 4th lower.
It is easy to realize the first, second and third harmonic on a note from the first and second octave. The higher harmonics are more difficult. Also, if you use a higher note as bass note, it is harder to play harmonics.
Studying harmonics on the flute is useful for:
– Embouchure controle
– Air control and support
– Aural skills
This Flute Colors arrangement is an example of a piece including harmonics. The harmonics are added in the repeat (0:20).