Playing Music From The Soul

by: Colette Cupelli

How Do You Tune A Flute?

Before playing, blow air slowly into the whole. If the flute sound is still flat then push in the headjoint 1 mm at a time until the flute can easily play in tune with the correct pitch, using regular tone and dynamic range. If the flute is not tuned before playing, the flute will be sounding flat. There are also multiple apps avalible on the app store to buy so it is easier to get the flute in tune. For example, The flute would be played and if the note is flat, push the headjoint up and play again to see if it is still flat. There are also several websites you could use to get the flute in tune. For example, maybe there is a game on the internet that holds games for practicing, tuning, and so on. One game you could possibly use is "Bandmate Chromatic Tuner".

What Are Dynamics?

Dynamics make the music sound more interesting. When the music has the letter F on it, it means forte which means to play loud. When the music has a P on the music it means piano which is ment to play soft. When the music has the letters MF it means mezzo forte which means to play medium loud and finally when the musc has the letters MP it means mezzo piano which tells the flutest to play medium soft. Dynamic changes usually occcur every 10-15 measures but it really depends on the type of music. If the music is a softer tone then the dynamics will most likely be mezzo piano or piano. If the music is a louder tone then the dynamics will usually be mezzo forte or forte. If the music is both loud and soft then the music could include multiple dynamics.

Different Parts Of The Flute.

The top of the flute where you can twist it off is called the crown. The first part of the flute is called the headjoint. The second part is called the body and the bottem peice is called the footjoint. The keys on the body below the second key is called the "Y" arms. The second largest key on the body is called the offset G. And finally The note right before the footjoint is called the closed holes. All these keys affect how the flute sounds. Some keys are not there to be played but to help keep the flute balanced.
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Famous Flute Players.

  1. Aurèle Nicolet, of the 20th centary, is one of the most admired and influential flautists that died at the age of 90. he was a player of exceptional versatility with a rare sound, he was as renowned for searching for his instrument as he was for his polished performances of the great works by the likes of Bach and Mozart.
  2. -Barbara Ann Humphrey was born on April 25, 1950 in Marlin, TX and she moved to Dallas when she was two years old with her family.
  3. -Ian Scott Anderson was born in 1947 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. His family relocated to Blackpool in the north of England in 1959 After attending primary school in Edinburgh following a traditional Grammar school education, to study fine art before deciding on an attempt at a musical career, he moved on to Art college.
  4. Emmanuel Pahud, as a six-year-old in Rome, received his first flute lessons. Later he studied in Brussels, then in Paris with Michel Debost also in Basle with Aurèle Nicolet. He experienced orchestra playing with the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker as a principal flute in 1993. Following a period of teaching at the Geneva Conservatoire, Emmanuel Pahud returned to the Philharmonic in April 2002.

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