Any way to learn how to play high flutter notes?

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  1. Haste2

    Haste2 Piano User

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    I have an amazing musical opportunity, playing first trumpet on Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. :-)


    I'm having great difficulty playing flutter notes above tuning C. I can sometimes do the high flutters if I start low and scale my way up to the high notes, but even then I cap around G on top of the staff (my normal range goes up to at least a high C). Problem is....my part requires playing as a high as a B while fluttering.

    From what I can tell, I am doing the following to accomplish them: I attack the note, then I put my mouth in a "tu" position to start the flutter, though it takes like half a second to start the fluttering. The problem is, that kind of vowel is what you need for LOW notes! :-?

    Any tips on getting high flutter notes? I have one idea, but I want to see your opinions. I have about five weeks until the performances.
     
  2. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Try starting the flutter immediately and not putting your mouth in a "tu" position first.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    Start with lower notes and work your way up the scale gradually. The flutter interrupts your airflow and your lips are not used to that. You need to develop a new "habit". Patience an diligence are your friends. practice half and whole note scales with the flutter. It will get easier with time.
     

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