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J. S. Bach - Partita in A Minor and Suites 1 - 6 C.
P. E. Bach - Sonata in A Minor
Luciano Berio - Sequenza
Michel Blavet - Gigue en Rondeau
Jan Boland - On the Banks of Ayr
Archangello Corelli - La Folia Variations
Ingolf Dahl - Variations on a Swedish Folk Tune
Claude Debussy - Syrinx
Francois Devienne - Six Sonatas
Erno Dohnanyi - Passacaglia
Pierre Max Dubois - Incantation and Dance
Pierre Ferroud - Three Pieces
Jean Francaix - Suite
Paul Hindemith - Eight Pieces
Bill Holcombe - In the Garden: Three Soliloquies
Arthur Honneger - Danse de la Chevre
Gordon Jacob - The Pied Piper
Andre Jolivet - Cinq Incantations
Charles Koechlin - Three Sonatines
Kohler - Fantaise und Variationen, Op. 115
Friedrich Kuhlau - Six Divertissements, Op. 68
John LaMontaine - Sonata
Marin Marais - Les Folies D'Espagne
Robert Muczynski - Three Preludes
Charles Nicholson - Variations on "Twinkle”
Charles Nicholson - Nicholson's Beauties, v. 1-3
Carl Nielsen - The Children Are Playing
Nicolo Paganini - Caprices 23 and 24
William Persichetti - Parable
Francis Poulenc - A Flutist Lullabies the Ruins
Sergei Prokofiev - Sonata in D Major, Op. 115
Jean Rivier - Oiseaux Tendres and Virevoltes
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Le Printemps de Vivaldi
Johann Stamitz - Rondo Capriccioso in G Major
George Philip Telemann - Twelve Fantasias
Leonardo da Vinci
John Quincy Adams
Henry the 8th
Frederick the Great
King of Prussia
Nicholas II, Czar of Russia
Henry David Thoreau
How to get a good sound:
• Sit up straight. In fact, it's easiest to play with a good tone while standing. Make sure your back is straight up and down when you are sitting and don't slouch!
• Hold your flute up. You've probably been told this at least a thousand times, but it can affect your tone if you hold the flute too low. You should hold it about 20 degrees below parallel. When you hold it any lower you collapse your stomach area and cannot take a proper breath or support the tone. If you hold it any higher you will create tension in your right arm.
• Balance the flute. This is related, but not the same thing as correct posture. There are four points of balance when holding up a flute: the chin, left thumb, right thumb, and right pinky. The lip plate should rest in the hollow between your lip and chin, and you should feel a gentle pressure on the gums of your lower teeth. Your flute should rest just above the lowest knuckle of your left pointer finger, above where the finger meets the hand. The flute should rest on the tip of the right thumb, underneath or slightly behind the flute, between the F and E keys. Your right pinky finger should then land naturally on the E flat key. Once in this position it should feel very natural, and the flute should "float", allowing you to produce a good sound.
• Breathe correctly. Take a deep breath with your belly, not your upper torso, before playing. You should see your belly physically expand. Imagine that you are vibrating the whole length of your flute.
• Remember to support the air stream. In-tune notes always sound better, mainly in ensemble settings.
• Shape your lips. Making the hole in your lips smaller can produce a better tone. The air stream is more direct and you do not use as much air. On the other hand, make sure not to make the hole too small, or you can cut off the airflow and get an airy or forced sound.
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Crazy Flute Fun and jokes:
A tutor who tooted the flute, Tried to teach two young tooters to toot; Said the two to the tutor, 'Is it harder to toot or To tutor two tooters to toot?
Q: What's the definition of a minor second?
A: Two flutes playing a unison.
Flute players spend half their time tuning their instrument and the other half playing out of tune.
Q: Why do loud, obnoxious whistles exist at some factories?
A: To give us some sort of appreciation for flutes.
Q: What is perfect pitch on a flute?
A: When it misses the rim of the toilet as you throw it in.