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Pronunciation: Exercises for mastering the art of Articulation for Eloquent and Expressive Flute Playing
Includes Online Audio

  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“A book to rekindle your practice.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Pronunication is a really good title for an articulation book and this work from Philippe Bernold really delivers. There is much familiar material here with standard scales and a pull out worksheet. Set up the easy-to-use on-line accompaniments and try the patterns and suddenly it's not quite so predictable! There are two levels to work on, the first concentrates on basic tonguing quality, the second on double and triple tonguing and then the rest of the book, "And Now for Some Sport" includes different types of articulation and short orchestral excerpts. A bonus is the extra information and technical tips, and the quotes from great flute players of the past. If your tonguing practice is a little jaded this could well rekindle your motivation.

From the Publisher

Articulation - pronunciation - is a fundamental part of playing the flute.

Its mastery allows us to have a clear, varied, colorful and therefore lively speech. The transverse flute articulation is done by cutting the sound with the tongue, as a singer cuts a melodic line with words. The purpose of this book is to deepen these many possibilities of expression by drawing on two series of major and minor scales, but also by addressing many exercises and orchestral traits.

The book is divided into six chapters:

  • The first chapter deals with the connection between the breath, the tongue and the fingers on major and minor binary scales and on major ternary scales with reduced ambitus (scales level 1)
  • The second chapter focuses on the place of language. Through exercises often taken from the repertoire, it is the study of the "French" detachment that is discussed here
  • The third chapter explores all of the articulations on a new series of major and minor binary scales (level 2) at higher ambits
  • The fourth chapter is intended to improve the speed of double and triple tonguing
  • The fifth chapter deals with the different attack modes of sounds
  • The sixth chapter presents the main orchestral traits, as well as a complementary study where articulation is the main difficulty.

There is a chapter at the end of the volume entitled "Notes for the curious!" Consisting of in-depth articles as well as a paragraph on articulation through teaching methods from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

The audio accompaniments mentioned in this book are available on our Education Space.

Difficulty guide: 6-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Improve your single tonguing practice using scales legato!
  2. French detache
  3. Fifty shades of pronounciation!
  4. And now some sport!
  5. Off to a good start!
  6. Tonguing in orchestral repertoire

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Flute Technique Books
Publisher: Gérard Billaudot Éditeur
Publisher's reference: GB10000
Our Stock Code: 1487589
Media Type: Paperback (92 pages [score]); includes accompaniment Online Audio