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Pizzicato / Slap tongue

All there is to know about Pizzicato / Slap tongue

About Pizzicato / Slap tongue

Pizzicato is a short percussive sound. There are two kinds of pizzicato: lip pizzicato and tongue pizzicato.

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 Pizzicato / Slap tongue to your every day flute studies improves your overall flute control.

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Pizzicato / Slap tongue sheet music sample

  Drouet – 25 studies – No. 1

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Notation

Pizzicato is also called ‘slap’.

Most composers use this notehead to indicate a pizzicato note.

Some composers use this notation.

Always read the foreword of a composer first. Than you know exactly what a composer would like you to do.

Practise

Studying pizzicato / slap tongue on the flute is useful for:
– Co-ordination tongue and abdomen
– Extending your pallet

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.  
  • fast passages
  • long passages
  • lip pizzicato is more exhausting
  • if alternated with regular sound.

Notes:

  • Can be used in the first and second octave of the flute
  • If you specifically want the performer to use lip pizzicato you can write ‘l.p.’ in the score. If you specifically want the performer to use tongue pizzicato you can write ‘t.p.’ in the score.