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Flute Phonics

Using Vowel Shapes to Color Tone

Editor’s note: The Spring 2019 issue of The Flutist Quarterly includes an article by Matt Eakle about how shaping vowels with the mouth can help the flutist tap into tone colors. Find additional information here.

The Amplitude of Harmonics
This animated graph shows the amplitude of the harmonics increasing as the flutist plays from one vowel shape to another; in all, 17 harmonics grow in volume through the progression. Hear the tone change and see the correlation of the vowel shapes changing to the relative volumes of the harmonics.

Flute Phonics with Matt Eakle
The flutist demonstrates his “flute phonics” exercises, and offers other insights in his video.

Posted April 15, 2019

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