Flute Playing Videos: AIR SUPPORT with Krzysztof Kaczka (4/10)
Our fourth video in this Flute Technique series focusses on an exercise to improve your breathing and air support. This is the fourth 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.
4. Flute Playing – Air Support Exercise #1
Following on from our previous videos regarding staccato, warming up and general tone exercises we’re now looking at a specific exercise to use as part of your daily warm up routine. This exercise seems very simple but is a great way to find out ‘where’ all the notes sit on your instrument and how you have physical control over their production.
As Krzysztof points out, it is often seen that players make exaggerated movements when learning to try and ‘force’ out the higher notes in particular. If you watch him carefully in this exercise you’ll see his head and lips really don’t move. Instead the ‘movement’ of the note is coming from how the air is delivered into the instrument and from the breath support offered by the diaphragm. You can practice this exercise both up and down in terms of pitch, and chromatically from Concert A in all directions on the flute.
Why is this useful? Learning where each note is positioned with you physically will help you with pitching, intonation and clarity of tone production.Flute Playing Videos: AIR SUPPORT with Krzysztof Kaczka (4/10)
Flute Playing Videos: PRACTICING STACCATO with Krzysztof Kaczka (3/10)
This is the third 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.
3. Flute Playing – Practicing Staccato Passages
Following on from our first video (warm up) and second video (tone exercise) we’re now looking at a method to use when practicing staccato passages. Playing clean staccato is something a lot of flute players worry about and it’s interesting that Kryzstof suggests that he essentially regards it as a shortened legato.
“Staccato is short legato…never forget to make a singing line.”
This change of mindset could be useful when you’re faced with a particular tricky staccato passage in a piece of music. If you practice it at half speed and legato it will help the fingers start to learn their way around the music first, and then after some time you can both speed up and introduce the technical change of playing it in a staccato way.
Not only in the practice will this help but also in the performance, if we remember that its base is actually in legato it will stop it becoming too abrupt and snatched.Flute Playing Videos: PRACTICING STACCATO with Krzysztof Kaczka (3/10)