How to Express Music by using Flute Articulation?

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How to apply flute articulation to make flute music more colorful. All of us know that there are so many kind of music around the world. How do we know to differentiate the style of one song? Happy? Sad? Exciting? The reason is not the flute tone and techniques. Using correct flute articulation can make you different from other flute player. How? Here are some notes for you to refer. In music, we know that there are staccato and legato. As you learn to play flute, the weapon that help you to express is tonguing. There are three types of tonguing, that is single tonguing, double tonguing and triple tonguing. Other expression like slur and legato are also useful in performance.

Articulation is the language of music. It can mean two different things: the use of the tongue and the use of slur or tongue in a repertoire. Now, we will look at how to your tongue in flute playing.

Do you notice mostly music terms is in Italian or French? English isn’t the best language to acquire a quick tongue on the flute! French is better; the more careless we are in using our tongues in speech, the more difficult it can be to tongue quickly and clearly, as we call ‘good articulation’.

How to Express Music by using Flute Articulation?

When we want to play a piece of music, in order to make the note clear and clean, it’s quite impossible for us to blow without using tongue. The note will be blur and not clear, especially fast passage. That’s why we need our tongue to assist us in playing. Your tongue doesn’t start a note, your breath does. Your tongue control your note duration. It may be quite confusing with words, but the co-ordination between your tongue and your breath is very important in order to make a clean and clear note.

As you learn to play the flute, you may begin by exercising the tummy muscles which start the air moving in to the flute. Try playing the following exercise without using tongue, starting each note with HAH. Your tummy muscles have to do all the work. Learn to play the exercise every day until the notes sound better for you to use your tongue. Then try practice gradually faster and faster.

The word sim. means simile, which means follow the previous bar. The dot above every note means staccato, that is playing like jumping on the note. The duration of the note become shorter. Try your best!

After you feel that you can work well with your tummy and tongue, try to practice one octave higher and practice in the same way. It may take some time to get your tummy muscles working quickly. You just need practice. So, no worries! You know that nothing you will learn without practice. Just practice, and you will get the returns. You may start playing the two exercises with your tongue, starting every note with the tip of your tongue against your top teeth – like saying ‘DUH’. Both ways of practicing – with and without the tongue – are important because both means different expression.