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How to Play High Notes on the Flute 🎼

January 14, 2020

– A lot of people have asked
us on The Flute channel about the high register
so today I’ll talk about the high register. (zen flute music) First thing I try to do with my students, the very beginners, we always
start with the lower register, it’s a bit easier, and
then I will take a note like the low G and I’ll tell them to go and get the higher with the same fingering and I give the advice to do
this, to go (vocalization) and put your hand on your belly and you will feel that there’s
something going on here. Like the support is going higher, the muscles are (vocalization), and I try to do the
same thing in my flute. (higher tone flute music) So in the beginning I just do low to high, and then (high to low flute music) when you have to go back down
then you can do those things. You can do it on a G and
then on an A, a B, a C up to the C#, it’s the same
fingering so you can go A, B, C, C#. So that is the first step, then what I think is
very, very, very helpful for the high register is harmonics. So harmonics basically
it’s, you play a low note, and with that low note you can, without changing your fingering but just changing the way you blow the air and the way the angle of the
air stream on the embouchure, just with that you can
have different notes. So you can have the first octave
and then the other octave, the third, the fifth, and so on and so on. So here I do a low C, then I’ll
be able to play the other C, the G, the C, the E, and the G again. (flute music in increasing pitch) ♪ They see me rollin ♪ – Once you’re able to play those notes, you should be able to play a high note in the third register. Just remember how you did it,
how physically you did it. In the beginning you might feel that you have to push a lot of air, it’s okay, with time you won’t
need to push as much air because just with the way
you angle your air will help. Try also not to send the air like this in an open V, but a V this way. – [Announcer] It’s the flying V! – So the air goes really
on a specific point on the embouchure. So let’s say I want to
play a high G and I can’t, I’ll practice that. (increasing pitch flute music) And then, I blow the same way that
I did for my harmonics. Usually it works with all my students, it really helps the high register. Then, once you can at least get them out what I would say is never
think of notes higher than that, okay, that looks weird. It doesn’t look like it’s
gonna help but it does help. So if I think about the
low register I think, I aim it down there, and
then second octave is there, and third octave is there. If I think third octave over my head, then I have a tendency to
not be grounded anymore, my body’s going like this
and the air is going outside of the flute and it doesn’t help at all. So if I go with Gs like this, all the notes are under me. That’s a visualization of
course, it’s nothing real but the way you visualize it will help you because if you think… I’m outside of my flute, I’m not centered. Okay, so always under you, so (sings) Like this. (increasing pitch flute music) Think of opening everything. Try to use different vowels. Let’s say in the lower
register I’ll use more “Ah”, and then when I go higher
I’ll use more “oo, ou”. And open in the back as if you
have an egg or something so (sings) Like the singers do you know
they don’t sing (screams) they (sings) and you keep it in line here, and you open in the back. So I think that could help to start. If you have any questions please ask them. It might help me to help you better, so thank you for watching.

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    Wow thank you so much! I've been playing for 2 years and your videos help me so much

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    I play a bamboo flute and the tip to try blowing in different vowels helped a lot!

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    I have this problem when every time i start getting in to the higher range my embouchure closes off and i buzz with my lips like I’m playing a trumpet… does anyone know how to stop this from happening?

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    Excellent way of teaching.

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    Increible lección, por fin entiendo como se hace, gracias.

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    Can you do the multiple octaves with a cheap flute? I have a mencini flute that cost $120. The cheapest flutes I've seen you play were at ~300$.

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    When i try to play any note above double high g, my lips make a buzzing sound like a low brass player, and recommendations to stop that?

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    Helped greatly. I'm an 8th grade flute player, and have been playing for 4 years. Recently I have been having trouble playing high F and G, and I've been freaking out since our concert is in early December. I tried playing the scale you were, where you play the note low, and then high, and it helped me play the notes I needed. Thank you! 🙂

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    U sound so good and I sound so bad AND I HAVE A CONCERT IN 2 WEEK I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO

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    2:11 had me DEAD

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    How do you make the smooth and wavy sounds when holding a note on the flute?

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    Super vidéo, c'est ça quand tu fais un avec ton instrument. Tu es incroyable. ça fait 25 ans que je joue mais je n'arrive pas à dépasser la 3ème octave. La théorie m'aide à comprendre sur quoi travailler. Merci!!!

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    so you are not actually using different keys for those harmonic changes? it is the different overtones because of how you are blowing?

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    This helped a lot, thanks!

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    I've been playing flute for 20 years, but recently got a new flute and can't get anything above high D to work. I'd never known about harmonics but OH MY GOODNESS! Just tried it and this is a game changer. Thank you!

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    i know you speak french and i speak french Too( but i don't speak english)

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    Ironically my highest A natural is also my most stable and in tune. Somehow.

  • Reply K January 24, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    It took me a week to learn high notes, but I learned it by doing the Trump duck face XD

  • Reply Gracie Zagorski February 3, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Thank you soooo much!!! This helped a lot I've been playing for 3 years and my high notes just started to not come out but this helped a lot thank you!!!

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    2:11 that came really unexpected…

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    I tried today this advice, and I was surprised how easy was for me to play the high notes. Thanks!

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    Thank you so much! I didn't realise I was doing the "reaching" for the high notes, even looking up to the sky whilst trying to play them! I am only on 3rd D and having to fight to make a sound so will try your visualisation.

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    with eyes wide shut started to learn flute by myself – I was interesting to find out that you can produce several notes with the same fingering (especially because sometimes at night I can’t produce any – may be it’s due to old used flute or wrong air flow/angle/lips shape)

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    What kind of flute is the one shes using? Im kinda new with flutes.

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    Hockey jokes I love it, 2:42! Thanks so much my lesson teacher kept criticizing me on my high notes and I did this for awhile went back to class and he said I improved so much!

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    Love this

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    Great insight. The way our playing… somehow… translates itself into physical visualisation. It's a real kyneshetic thing.

  • Reply Sara Jones November 4, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    What?! I took a couple years of private lessons on flute (granted that was 20 years ago) and I never knew you could do that harmonic scale from the low c fingering.

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    Every time I play, I can go up to that really high B, but C always goes lower a bit?? It doesn’t get higher its weir

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    2:01 – Émilie, vous m'avez laissé sur le c** !!!

  • Reply Jose EasyspanishwithJose November 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks for the tips. How shoukd bebthe angke ofnthe flute when playing hugh registratios? And what shoud be the distance and shaoe of the the lips in High registrations too? Thanks in advance
    NB. How to enhance pur breathing capability?

  • Reply Helga Bieber November 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you!! This helps me very much!

  • Reply Samuel Young November 17, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    How do you get low c below the staff to come out of your flute cause I can’t get it to come out right

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    The flying v helped XD

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    I'm mad because I'm in band and I play the clarinet but I should have chosen the flute

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    i love the flute, even though i only just started…

  • Reply Grazel Avena November 26, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Hello! Im playing waltz of the snowflakes right now for our orchestra and i was wondering if you could give tips on getting that 3rd octave c? It seems to be he most unstable note for me in he third octave. Also, some things regarding technique in the third octave? Theres quite a bit of difficult runs in the nutcracker. 😉

  • Reply Cupcakes With sprinkles November 29, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Press this 2:12 over and over a again 😂

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    She’s so funny I love her channel

  • Reply Anthony Mata December 8, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    This is so helpful

  • Reply Cognition Gnosis December 18, 2019 at 1:47 am

    This is a perfect video for learning high notes. Been having issues with it. And this fixed my problem in just minutes .

  • Reply tigeroscarfan December 24, 2019 at 11:28 pm

    this is interesting, you see where i played keyboard and piano and guitar it's like you dont have to worry about this part lol for ages i kept thinking there was a switch on flute that allowed you to go higher or lower, then someone said there's no register key on the flute, i was confused til i saw this video. i quite like the flute and i was off put for trying it due to all the confusion yeah.

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