Flute Playing Videos: TONE EXERCISE with Krzysztof Kaczka (2/10)

This is the second of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

2. Flute Playing – Tone Exercise 

Following on from our first video (warm up) we’re now working on the quality of sound. It’s very easy to get head down into the music straight away, especially if we’re still trying to play all the right notes! However, fundamentally one of the main reasons to play is to try and make a beautiful sound, after all it’s what brings life and character to the music you are performing.

To help build your sound, or tone, it’s important to have a strong air column and also a good embouchure. The exercise Krzysztof runs through in the video is simple in terms of notes to play so you can really concentrate on trying to blow the harmonics and work on the delivery of air as he outlines. Imagine if you could just make an extra 5-10 minutes for this sort of exercise each time you practice, it would really build your sound within a few weeks for sure.

We’ll be back soon with the third video so stay tuned to our Flute Newsletters for the latest release. Many thanks to Pearl Flutes for supporting this video series.

Flute Playing Videos: TONE EXERCISE with Krzysztof Kaczka (2/10)

Flute Playing Videos: WARM UP with Krzysztof Kaczka (1/10)

This is the first of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

  1. Flute Playing – Warm Up

In this first video Krzysztof describes his warm up routine which he does on a daily basis. It’s worth mentioning that the video is around 6 minutes and it’s him condensing and simply outlining his 90 minute warm up for us. Just take a minute to digest that…90 minutes for a warm up?! We suspect that most people don’t allocate 6 mins to warming up let alone 90!

We’re equally guilty of this here at Dawkes and of course everything is relative and not all of us are international flautists. However, it may be helpful to think of your warm up as a percentage of your overall practice time, 20-25% would perhaps be a good starting point. So, if you’re going to do 20-25 mins practice of an evening then perhaps you should be doing a 5 minute warm up. After all, we’re practicing to build our tone and technique not just to try and play the right notes.

Krzysztof touches on various methods in the video and although you may not have time to do all of it (who does!), it’s a case of prioritising to help your body prepare to play. The key points are staying relaxed, expelling air and building strength in your embouchure and diaphragm. Perhaps a few long notes, the expelling of air exercises as shown and a little deep breathing would be good to start with. You’ll be amazed to see what a difference it has on the rest of your practice time and how much it radically improves your overall sound.

We’ll be back soon with the second video so stay tuned to our Flute Newsletters for the latest release.

Flute Playing Videos: WARM UP with Krzysztof Kaczka (1/10)

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