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Have fun with extended techniques! Using them also gives you better flute control!

Multiphonics in short:

A multiphonic is a combination of different tones that sound at the same time. It is possible to play two, three, four or more tones at the same time. Most of the time alternative fingerings are used.

Multiphonic Finder

With this tool you can search for polyphony, dynamics and fingerings. It is possible for composers to copy the fingerings to use them in a score.

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In this example you can see how multiphonics are written into the score. The notes that need to be played simultaneously are written over each other.

Fingerings are often notated under or over the multiphonic.

These accidentals can be used in scores.

1/4 higher than a regular sharp

1/4 higher than a regular sharp

regular sharp

1/4 lower than a regular sharp

1/4 lower than a regular sharp

1/4 higher than a regular flat

1/4 higher than a regular flat

regular flat

1/4 lower than a regular flat

double flat

1/4 higher than a regular natural

1/4 lower than a regular natural

Piccolo - alto flute - bass flute

This technique can be used on all flutes. The fingerings are sometimes different.

Composer information

Depending on the difficulty of the multiphonic, this technique can easily be realized as a separate technique. It becomes more difficult when complex fingerings have to be used, when three or more notes have to be played simultaneously and when there is rapid alternation with traditional sounds or other techniques. Depending on the flutist’s experience it will be difficult or easy. It is advisable to contact a flute player, especially if you have one in mind to play your piece.

Although there are more than a thousand possibilities, the combinations are limited. Always check the multiphonic finder on this page or books with fingering charts such as Robert Dick’s The Other Flute or Carin Levine’s The Techniques of flute playing I (for flute) & II (for piccolo – alto flute – bass flute).

Dynamics are very important. Not every multiphonic can be played in every dynamic.

The fingerings to use when playing multiphonics are not always the familiar for all flute players. Therefore, write down the fingering below or above the note in the score.

Flute players

Studying multiphonics on the flute is useful for:
– Embouchure control
– Air control and support control
– Improving aural skills


This piece by Yon Chekhanovich includes several types of multiphonics.

Another example. This Flute Colors arrangement includes multiphonics that are quite easy to perform.