Category: extended techniques

  • Singing and playing

    Some time ago I decided to devote at least a few minutes of my flute practice time to singing. Long story as to why, I won’t go in to that here. But the decision to sing, and the upcoming workshop I am giving at the Adams Flute Festival on Sunday April 15, 2012 inspired me […]

  • Circular Breathing on the Modern Flute

    This entry is cross posted on the musikFabrik blog In 1992, while in residence at the Banff Centre, Canada, I spent eleven weeks learning to circular breathe so that I could perform Flames Must Not Encircle Sides by Robert Dick. I figured if I could do it at 1.500 meters (ca. 5000 feet) above sea […]

  • Tongue Pizzicato

     A question came up on the Flute List about how to produce tongue pizzicato effectively. Here is a link to a video where I demonstrate this effect (along with other percussive effects and air sounds). This is the notation I prefer for tongue pizzicato To get a good POP, you have to close off your […]

  • Air & Percussive Sounds for the Flute

     This entry is cross posted on the musikFabrik blog This video gives a brief demonstration of some common air sounds and percussive effects on the flute. Here are some further tips for players and composers: For players, when doing air sounds, it is not always necessary to use as much air as possible. After a […]

  • Small-Interval Multiphonics

    On the occasion of the publication of my article on Kazuo Fukushima’s Shun-San in Flute Talk May/June 2010 and Robert Dick’s upcoming masterclass in Bremen (July 6, 2010), I’d like to elucidate some ideas about multiphonics. Working on Shun-San got me thinking about small-interval multiphonics (those with an interval of an augmented second or less). […]

  • Tips for composing and notating aeolian (air) sounds

    Here are some tips on the use of air or aeolian sounds:Be sure to specify if you want these sounds:A. produced in playing position (so the air goes across the flute and produces a pitch that corresponds with the fingers), orB. produced inside the flute: i.e., if you want the flutist to cover the embouchure […]

  • Extended Techniques: Benefits, Applications and Tips

    I’d like to open with some inspiring words by Sax player Jack Wright In the early decades of free improv, when new techniques were the mark of a fresh approach to traditional instruments, they were often considered the new standard to be displayed. But at this point I find players using a more integrated technique, […]

  • Extended Techniques, Blessing or Abomination?

    I am astonished by the occasional vitriol I encounter from some prominent flutists when it comes to extended techniques such as multiphonics, circular breathing and so on. They chant the same nonsense: “bad for your embouchure”, “waste of time”, “don’t be one of those players”. After over 20 years of experience with these techniques as […]