Fast High C Scale

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Fast High C Scale

Post by FluteRookie »

There's a piece I'm practicing that requires a fast (160bpm) eighthnote run from Bb5 to C7 back down to Bb5.

How do you quickly finger that scale? [Especially G6 to C7]

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Post by caitlin i »

Practice slowly to gain finger strength/muscle memory.
Work it up little by little.
Also research alternate fingerings, though these fingerings are quite doable.

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Post by MathWizard »

Repetition is key whenever learning new scales, and moving your fingers from the high B to to the high C and back down again, can be very tricky as the fingerings aren't very conventional. So unless they make a cool feature to add on the flute where the high b and high c fingerings aren't completely impossible to do fast, we will just have to deal.

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Post by JennyColville »

Practice slowly and gradually increase the speed at which you play it. Also, play the sections you struggle with e.g. if it is the 3 highest notes in the run, practice JUST these three notes and slowly join them on to the rest on the run. It can also help to use different articulation to perfect this. Hope that helps! :D

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Post by agnostic »

Hi, that's my first post here. So, that means to be a big honor for you :P
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Try always to learn with a lot of invention and passion. Learn the phrase one time slower, one time faster. Try it with an other rhythm or put the beat on an other note. If you have to mess with the embouchure learn it with flutter tongue or singing while playing. (Every time the fingering or the embouchure improves, also the other aspect does it, because your brain doesn't have to mess with it anymore)
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In your case, I'd have a special tip for you. Every time a phrase keeps higher than e''', you can practice it with only the left hand. The right hand just keeps the pinky pressed.

The idea behind this is, that the left hand has always more and also more difficult stuff to do, especially in the high range. That's cruel, because the most of us are right hander.

So you have to focus on the left hand, until you got it. After that, when you add the right hand, it even gets easier than before. (before=just with the left hand)

Also pianists practice this way, flute-players just can't do this all the time because it would just sound creepy and because fingering without embouchure, breathing and musical sense is worthless.

(This way to practice is also good for the embouchure, because it's really difficult to get a tone out at the beginning [especially at f/f#). But no fear - it won't ruin your way of playing - It will bring you forward)

I hope i could give you some good ideas.

Greez agnostic

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