Friday, February 23, 2007

Part Two video on Embouchure Flexibility

Hey Fluters,

Here is part 2 of the Embouchure Flexibility series, where I demonstrate the coolest exercises for advanced intermediate flute players who want to develop a more flexible embouchure.
If you missed part 1, be sure and watch part 1 FIRST!

PART 2: Embouchure Flexibility

These two videos are in response to an online adult student who wanted help with developing their tone.
My philosophy is that the less work required to form the basic embouchure means that you are free to be flexible and to practice without strain to the face, jaw, lips, or throat.
I demonstrate how to open up the blow hole, how to sing-and-play to open the throat and create lung resonance, and how to use Werner Richter's opening exercises to smear octaves to discover the center of the lips and the sweetspot on the splitting edge.
I had fun making these videos.
More to come on using Wilkinson's "Physical Flute", hopefully.
And do please comment and/or send feedback.
Comments (5)
Anonymous Sue said...

haha, you're so much fun! i had to learn to sing/play while learning Lookout, by Robert Dick. I'll experiment with smearing the octaves tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007 6:54:00 PM

Anonymous John Phillip Rush said...

I love the Richter book! There is so much in there that many flutist do not know about. I have a performance this evening of Villa-Lobos' "Assobio a Jato" (The Jet Whistle) and this smearing exercises is a must for all of the really large and fast intervals that happen in the first and third movements!

Thursday, April 03, 2008 1:53:00 PM

Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks John,
I've often wondered why more folk on this side of the pond don't use the Richter "Conditioning Training" book. It is indeed fab. Thanks for the insight into "Jetwhistle".
I've not performed it. Good to know. Jen

Thursday, April 03, 2008 2:20:00 PM

Anonymous John Phillip Rush said...

You know I have been thinking about this book a lot lately. So I pulled it out from my file cabinet and took a long re-read. I really think that it is a great book! There are so many things that can really help a flutist understand how the embouchure functions.

After a good 2 or 3 re-reads I can see why some flute players in the states do not use the book. There is talk of muscular tension. Most flute players always try to tell there students play with no tension! And we all know how interesting the mush mouth syndrome can sound! Well, that is what I call it "Mush Mouth!" I still go by what Marcel Moyse, Wibb, and others call optimally firm. There needs to be some amount of muscular tension otherwise we would not be able to form the aperture in our embouchure.

Well, i could go on and on and on. you can ask my students!


Tuesday, April 22, 2008 3:07:00 PM

Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks so much for your comment John.
Yes indeed; one person's TENSE is another's RELAXED.

Optimal "poise" is perhaps a good description.
Thanks again. Much to think about and possibly-hopefully clarify as we go about our teaching. :>)

Best, Jen

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:11:00 PM


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