Saturday, May 30, 2009

Il flauto traverso by Gianni Lazzari

Dear Flutists,
A book published in 2003 by Gianni Lazzari (in Italian language only at this time) has come to my attention. I was able to find some of its text online at googlebooks. What marvellously helpful drawings!!



Lip pictures can be of help in locating the embouchure muscle use in flute students. I draw embouchure "reminders" such as these on my student's sheetmusic and notebooks constantly during lessons.

A friend from Italy translated the accompaning text for me (thankyou!)for the above jpeg and I have also created a pdf that shows the text that goes with each picture, for printing out, if you'd like a copy. It is the same as above, but BIGGER. :>)

Lazzari has mentioned the "smile" embouchure and, of course, the limitations of it. But these pictures show WHY it wastes too much air, giving often a breathy, airy tone that so many students complain of. More on this topic in future, and please do leave comments. Pictures of this kind are welcome too, if any flute teachers out there would like to send them to me. :>)
Fabulously interesting!

I dearly hope this book is translated for English readers soon!
Fabulous!

Jen :>)

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