The flute can turn air into many different, mesmerising sounds. Unlike reed instruments, there is no resistance for the player to blow against, the player themselves bends and shapes the air to create their best tone. It is hardly surprising that the flute has a special place in mythology, most notably the Greek God Pan (the subject of much music, including solo flute piece, Debussy’s Syrinx).
Music History at a glance with an increasing number of links to biographies and composer information (including what they did for the flute)
Lets begin with the basic articulation terms and styles. These are the most common symbols you will find. Staccato – a dot above the note means it should be detached (often, but not always, short) Slur – a curved line connects different pitches that are to be played smoothly (only tongue the first note ofContinue reading “Articulation terms”
Specific music terms are used by composers to direct performers. It tells us their intention and an idea of the mood or style to perform it in.
A beginner’s guide to basic music terms and their interpretation.