Summer Extend Series

Extended Technique

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Extended Technique - unconventional, unorthodox, or non-traditional methods of singing or of playing musical instruments employed to obtain unusual sounds or timbres  Expand beyond your now.

Extended Technique - unconventional, unorthodox, or non-traditional methods of singing or of playing musical instruments employed to obtain unusual sounds or timbres

Expand beyond your now.

Feeling nervous about extended techniques? Don’t be! It is learning new sounds then incorporating into your music. You may already be familiar with these techniques however take some time this summer to re-familiarize yourself them through this series of posts:

#1 Pitch bends – bending the note down or up by a semi-tone

How Can I Do This? – adjust embouchure, move head up and down, move arms, even adjust air pressure– or a combination. Open hole flutes can slide with fingers as well. The most common way is to roll in the head joint as you’re playing until the pitch is a half step lower than the marked pitch. For example B-Bb

Why Should I Do This?

  • Improving intonation via aural skills

  • Improving tone

  • Adds interest to music

Enjoy an excerpt from 1st movement of Curves by Ian Clarke below.

Additional references:

Flute Colors - www.flutecolors.com

Phillis Avidan Louke Extended Technique for Solo Flute and Extended Technique For Duets

Catch the Train:

Extended Techniques Solos for Fun available at Flute World

Extended Techniques Solos for Fun available at Flute World

Other extended techniques to try this summer: harmonics, flutter tonguing, key clicks, multiphonics, sing and play, tongue thrust, whistle tones, wind noise and more!. Try it out then join a group of like-minded musicians for a weekend of improvising for classical musicians, solo or ensembles. Incorporate skills during performances. At the heart of it, learn how to enjoy playing music again.



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Feel comfortable with Extended Technique but would like to explore Improvisation? Check out our series here



Melissa Grey