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Composers, Common Mistakes When Writing for Flute

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Some common mistakes are:

  • Low C# to D# trill on flute
  • Harmonics in the first octave
  • Low C and C# on piccolo
  • Percussive effects in the second and third octave: key clicks, tongue or lip pizzicati, tongue ram. While these are not mistakes per se, they are not very effective outside the flute’s first octave.

see also:
Writing for Students
Pet Peeves

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