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Musical Exercises to Develop the Technique of the Tongue

" Many elements in the study of articulation are often confused in their communication between teacher and student. Perhaps our natural desire either to please the teacher or to get quick results leads to bad imitations and poor technical skills. The misinterpretation of certain words in some languages and the mechanics and phonetics of others, are responsible for other difficulties.

This book sets out to clarify the technique of the tongue and to lead the flute player to a better background understanding of articulation, particularly in respect of voluntary and involuntary movements of the tongue and diaphragm. The exercises contained in these pagesare designed to encourage musical imagination and objective listening.

Articulation, as we shall see, uses many subtle nuances from language, and these various ideas can provide flute players with an interesting way to enhance the character and variety of their musical line.

I am grateful to my colleagues Angela Hinchcliffe, Msc Independent Speech and Language Therapist, London, and Thaddeus Watson, Solo Piccolo-Player of the Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra, Frankfurt for their help and encouragement." - Robert Winn


Chapter 1: Mechanics of the tongue

Chapter 2: The fingers - coordination

Chapter 3: 24 simple melodies to develop tongue and finger coordination

Chapter 4: The air

Chapter 5: Technique: Coordination of sound and mechanics

Chapter 6:  Double/Triple tonguing and the technique of compound tonguing

Chapter 7: Advanced articulation

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Flute Studies
Publisher: Schott Music
Publisher's reference: ED20625
Our Stock Code: 1310849
Media Type: Paperback (72 pages [score])