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Keyclicks

All there is to know about Keyclicks

About Keyclicks

Key clicks are short percussive sounds made by the keys. It is possible to play key clicks with or without regular flute sounds.

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 Keyclicks to your every day flute studies improves your overall flute control.

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Keyclicks sheet music sample

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Notation

We can play keyclicks with and without sound.

Keyclicks without sound
Keyclicks without sound are indicated by the shape of the note. Composers use a cross as notehead.

 

 

 

Keyclicks with sounds There are different ways of notating keyclicks with sound.

This is the way of notation Edgar Varèse used in Density 21.5
Some composers use a cross through the regular notehead.

Practise

Studying keyclicks without sound and keyclicks with sound on the flute is useful for:
– Co-ordination left hand and right hand
– Co-ordination fingers, tongue and abdomen

Picc/alto/bass

This technique can be used on all flutes.

Composers

Level:

General:   Becomes a bit more difficult:
This technique is easy to realize as a seperate technique.  
  • with sound
  • complex rythms
  • if alternated with regular sound.

Notes:

If the embouchure hole is closed (by the tongue or the embouchure), the key click will sound a major seventh lower on a flute with a C-foot joint.

Repertoire

Composer:   Title: Album:     Publisher: Techniques:
Ahumada, Gabriel *1968 Etude Flute Update Flute solo 3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Wind tones, Slap tongue
Aigner, Wilfried *1970 Slapstick blues Flute Update Flute solo 3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Zing & play, Flatterzunge, Glissando/tonebending
Baaren, Kees van 1906-1970 Musica per flauto solo   Flute solo 2 Donemus (Don 0017) Flatterzunge
Berio, Luciano 1925-2003 Sequenza 1   Flute solo 3 Universal Edition
(UE 19957)
Whistle tones, Multiphonics, Harmonics, Flatterzunge
Cutler, Davis *1971 Leipzigian Nights Postcards Flute solo 3 Universal Edition
(UE 33661)
Harmonics, Sing & play, Flatterzunge, Glissando/tonebending
Denissow, Edison 1929-1996 Solo für Flöte   Flute solo 3 Deutscher Verlag für Musik (DvfM 8044) Multiphonics, Harmonics, Flatterzunge, Glissando/tonebending, Quartertones
Dick, Robert *1950 Lookout   Flute solo 3 Multiple Breath Music Company Multiphonics, Harmonics, Sing & play, Quartertones
Dick, Robert *1950 Flying lessons 1   Flute solo 3 Multiple Breath Music Company Multiphonics, Harmonics, Sing & play. Glissando/tonebending, Quarter tones, Residu tones
Domeniconi, Carlo *1947 Sonata Op. 37   Flute,
guitar
1 Edition Margaux
em 5306
 
Fukushima, Kazuo *1930 Mei (1962)   Flute solo 2 Edizioni Suvini Zerboni – Milano Harmonics, Glissando/tonebending
Heider, Werner *1930 Konzept Bei Gelegheid Flute solo 3 Heinrichshofen (N2589) Flatterzunge, Slaptongue
Hodl, Helmut *1968 Duo für Flöte und Metronoom Flute Update Flute,
metronoom
2 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Flatterzunge
Holliger, Heinz *1939 “(t)air(e)”   Flute solo 3 Ars Viva Verlag
(AVV 133)
Whistle tones, Wind tones, Sing & play, Jetwhistle, Slap tongue, Quarter tones
Najfar, Reza *1960 From the other stars Flute Update Flute solo 3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Harmonics, Wind tones, Flatterzunge
Najfar, Reza *1960 The fire of Mars Flute Update Flute solo 3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Harmonics, Flatterzunge
Offermans, Wil *1957 Drigo’s dream   Flute, piano 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 34510)
Multiphonics, Bamboo tones, Harmonics, Wind tones, Sing & play, Glissando/tonebending
Offermans, Wil *1957 Studie No. 9: Diverse For the contemporary Flutist Flute solo 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 29700)
Windtones, Jetwhistle
Pucihar, Blaz   For me (2004)   Flute solo 2 dition Kossack (20037)  
Schwartz, Jay *1965 Music for flute   Flute solo 2 Universal Edition
(UE 33661)
Flattezunge, Glissando/tonebending
Straesser, Joep *1934 A solo for Alkaios (1985)   Flute solo 2 Broekmans & van Poppel (1544) Flatterzunge
Takemitsu, Toru *1930 Voice   Flute solo 3 Salabert Editions Multiphonics, Wind tones, Sing & play, Quarter tones
Varèse, Edgard 1883-1965 Density 21.5   Flute solo 2 Ricordi  
Wagendristel, Alexander *1965 Three Dances Flute Update Flute solo 3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Multiphonics, Harmonics, Wind tones, Jetwhistle, Flatterzunge, Slap tongue
Zoltan, Jeney *1967 Soliloquium No. 1   Flute solo 3 Editio Musica Budapest Whistle tones, Flatterzunge

 

Books:

 

Author: Title: Publisher: Other techniques:
Levine, Carin /
Mitropulos-Bott, Christina
The Techniques of Flute Playing Bärenreiter Whisper tones, Multiphoncs, Harmonics, Wind tones, Sing & play, Jetwhistle, Flatterzunge, Glissando, Slap tongue, Quartertones, Trumpet embouchure