The flautist’s guide to the piccolo

Videos and recordings to help you make the most of your guide

Flexibility

What do we mean by flexibility? How can we used note bending, intervals and harmonics to help?

Learning Tricky Passages

A wiz through different rhythms and articulations that can make learning lots of notes easier

Jigging Piccolo Example

Tone Colour

Vowel shapes and tone colours help both flute and piccolo sound. Here’s an introduction to start using them

Bellisle March

The accompaniment part to play along with and an example of the duet

Bolero Accompaniment

Articulation

The ‘ha’ exercises and articulation explained

Getting Started

Setting up and looking after your instrument

Passionate Peace Example



Pieces From The Guide

Listen to the pieces for context, character and sound.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0h6XVxUFOVH8SntfaSG011?si=179vQGS8Qkyf6wL6-TTJVQ

Inspiration Piccolo Music

A list of inspirational piccolo pieces and players for motivation and enjoyment.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6JI0aj0OBB06JI3xXjvyox

Useful Links

Recording yourself regularly is the best way to fully hear your sound and progress. Most phones have recorders and there is easy to use free recording software online.

Alternative fingerings are useful for unstable areas but need time to become second nature.

Breathing Exercises

Explanations and ways to practise effective breathing with and without your instrument. They can be a great warm up or moment of reflection.

There are many high quality free apps for metronomes and tuners as well as this online tuner and metronome.

A spectrum analyser is an interesting and fun way to get feedback during your tone experiments and practice.

Body Awareness and Posture

Stretching before playing can help balance, grounding and prevent strains. These videos are fun introductions to improving posture and body awareness.

Practice help video playlist

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