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7-14-2011 @ 7:11PM
In addition to normal playing, he's also using several extended techniques: humming as well as "spitting" (what I call it)...press your lips together like you're going to say the letter P, and blow suddenly (it should come out as a percussive "p!", not "puh" or "pee"). You can also use "T" or "K" for different effects. He's also flutter tonguing at :16 (roll your tongue like you're doing a very exaggerated Scottish R). Around 1:05 I'm trying to figure out if he's overblowing some or if it sounds that way because of his vocalizations. (Overblowing plays the same notes an octave higher but with a different sound quality, think guitar harmonics, it's the same thing.) Wow, things I learned in college and haven't thought about in years suddenly coming back...This is a really good performance, also considering that the flute is about the most inefficient wind instrument; about 60% of the air you blow through your mouth gets lost into the air, only about 40% actually goes into the instrument, which is why he almost looks like he's hyperventilating, haha. (All the brass and all the other woodwinds use 100% of the air.)
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