Infinity: Circular Breathing for Flute
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From the Publisher
Circular breathing is a technique used while playing wind instruments that allows players to sustain the sound for a long time. It requires drawing air quickly in through the nose whilst simultaneously pushing the air collected in your mouth into the instrument.
The newly published book Infinity. Circular breathing presents the history of the technique, methods of circulating while playing the flute, and a collection of examples from music literature. It also describes various contexts of permanent breath, and advantages that result from working on the development of that skill. The course book with instructions comes in a set with an exclusive collection of exercises, études, and a choice of various pieces composed especially for the Infinity project by an international bevy of composers. The exercises marked with a camera icon have been recorded and made available to help you see the proper way of completing them.
A characteristic feature of the method described is the fact that it does not require the flutist to change embouchure while circular breathing. The presented positioning of the tongue, throat, lips, and cheeks is adapted to the player’s individual embouchure. The starting point for working on the material that this book comprises is the correct drawing of breath, and correct functioning of all the elements necessary for proper production of sound.
Finalist: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2021
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- History of the circular breathing technique
- Circular breathing technique: introduction
- Circualar breathing for flutists
- Exercises using the Phuemo Pro and the headjoint
- Exercises with the body of the flute
- The use of circular breathing in flute literature
- Descriptions of exercises, etudes and works
Exercises, Etudes and Works:
- Performance indications
- Fish in an Aquarium
- La Musica delle forme
- Blues for N
- Etude Op10 No2
- Le Api
- 385 x 40 Mpx. Luca Marenzio but w i d e, filtrered and reversed
- Floating Landscapes
- Flute Diving