Practice your Flute Intonation and Flute Vibrato

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Flute intonation and flute vibrato is another important in flute playing. There are some simple basic exercises for anyone include flute beginners to practice to play a better flute intonation and flute vibrato.

Think that learning to play flute is fun. Then it sure would be fun too. Trust yourself, you can do it!

(a)Flute Vibrato

Vibrato is the wobble that every flute player put in the playing to make it sound prettier. What happen is that the pitch of the tone goes up and down a little regularly. Too much vibrato and you can sound like a cats’ orchestra!

At one time, flute vibrato was thought to be very bad mannered and was only used as an occasional ornament. Now we’ve become so used to hearing flute vibrato that it sounds that normal!

If you don’t know how to play flute vibrato, don’t worry about it! The flute tone can sound very beautiful without it. I didn’t use flute vibrato for my first performance. Appropriate using of flute vibrato is useful to express your feeling but over used of it will annoy audience.

If you want to learn how to do it, it would be wise to ask your teacher’s advice. Of course, you can find some video online that can teach you. Flute vibrato is made by tummy muscles. It’s suggested that you can do some breathing exercise before proceed to practice flute vibrato.

Practice your Flute Intonation and Flute Vibrato

(b)Controlling the Pitch / Flute Intonation

I faced problem in tuning every time and it still occurs now. But I practice to train my ear to hear the sharpness and flatness of a note. I couldn’t recognize when I first learn to play flute. How do you practice for better flute intonation?

Like me, you have probably tried playing a note loudly only to find that it become sharper. There is a simple technique to practice to stop the pitch changing when you play really loud or soft. Play these notes, forte first, then in piano.

p, piano means softly.
f, forte means loudly.
decresc, decrescendo means gradually soft.

You can check on tuner on your pitch changes. Loud notes are a sharper and softer notes sound flatter. When you play gradually soft, the note gets flatter. To stop the note from being flat, just raise the air as you blow into the flute. Do this with your jaw and lips. If this doesn’t work, try to move your lower jaw forward. If still couldn’t, you may try raising your head a little while keeping the flute still. This has the effect of uncovering the hole, which sharpens the note. Don’t worry if you couldn’t get it. You just need more practice to know how to adjust the pitch.

When you have finished practice note G, you may try other note like F,E, and D in the same way. Take times practice at least one note every day. I sure you will improve.

You will just fail if you give up to practice.