Flute Resources

2011-8 Pat & Phyllis #1 in Presser booth (Ritter)--cropped

Patricia George and Phyllis Louke

Teaching and Practicing Ideas

Welcome to our Flute Resources page. You will find short videos demonstrating the Phrasing Gestures used in our publications The Flute Scale Book, Flute 102:  Mastering the Basics, Flute 103:  Mastering the Basics and The Art of Chunking. Weekly Practice Guides for the Flute Scale Book and other Teaching and Practicing Ideas can also be found below.

We hope you will visit often. We would love to hear about any great teaching ideas that you have by using the form on the Contact Us page.

Video Demonstrations of Vibrato

Patricia George had the opportunity use a flouroscope in order to demonstrate what is happening inside of the mouth while playing the flute; particularly while articulating and producing vibrato.  Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object.

One of the problems in doing this kind of work is how to position the flutist in the machine. In the past they had tried to have the flutist face the tech person; however, the bones of the spine were so strong in the images that all the soft tissue areas were not visible. When a colleague saw her playing left-handed flute, he wondered if she would fit in the fluoroscope sideways. It worked pretty well; however, everything on the flute from the G# key on down was outside the machine. So, she had to stand where she would be basically in the center of the screen—and still be able to play. Not the best playing position.

She was in the fluoroscope for three minutes. That was all the time that was deemed to be safe. The fluoroscope demonstration of vibrato was done in October 2004, compliments of the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

Video #1
1. Slurring from middle to low, low to middle, middle to high and back–all three octaves
2. Single tongued (T) in all three octaves with vibrato
3. K in all three octaves with vibrato
4. TK (thicka) in all three octaves with vibrato

Video #2
Vibrato in all three octaves

Video #3
1. Light in the tunnel exercise for vibrato placement. First, I placed the vibrato outside me on a music stand, then at the lips, upper pallette
or behind nose, back of mouth, in the throat and finally in the chest. By placing, I mean “thinking” the vibrato in that place.
2. Two multiphonics—the one from a G and an Ab fingering
3. Four note slurs

Video #4
1. Faure Fantasie, Op. 79 – opening of slow part
2. Faure Fantasie, Op. 70 – opening of fast part


Video Demonstrations of Phrasing Gestures

THE FLUTE SCALE BOOK: A Path to Artistry
Video Demonstration of Phrasing Gestures in Chapter 2:

Phrasing Gestures 1: Down/Up (2 notes)

Phrasing Gestures 2: Down/Up (4 notes)

Phrasing Gestures 3: Down/Up (8 notes)

Phrasing Gestures 4: Forward Flow (2 notes)

Phrasing Gestures 5: Forward Flow (4 notes)

Phrasing Gestures 6: Forward Flow (8 notes)

FLUTE 102: Mastering the Basics
Video Demonstration of Phrasing Gestures:
Down/Up (4 notes) 
Forward Flow (4 notes)

FLUTE 103: Mastering the Basics
Video Demonstration of Phrasing Gestures:
Down/Up (4 notes) 
Forward Flow (4 notes)

Video Demonstration of Phrasing Gestures:
Down/Up (4 notes) 
Forward Flow (4 notes)