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J. S. Bach - Partita in A Minor  and Suites 1 - 6

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

Famous People Who Also Played

Leonardo da Vinci

George Washington

John Quincy Adams

James Madison

Henry the 8th

Frederick the Great

King of Prussia

Nicholas II, Czar of Russia

Peter Tchaikovsky

Hector Berlioz

Noah Webster

Henry David Thoreau

Alyssa Milano

Gwen Stefani

Tips, Tricks and Techniques

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.