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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Wilcocks, Gerda Reinette
Email gerda.wilcocks@googlemail.com
URN etd-09132007-163345
Document Title Improving tone production on the flute with regards to embouchure, lip flexibility, vibrato and tone colour, as seen from a classical music perspective
Degree MMus (Performing Art)
Department Music
Advisor Name Title
Prof J D C Hinch
  • vibrato
  • resonance
  • flute tone
  • experimentation
  • interpretation
  • lip flexibility
  • intonation
  • tone colour
  • embouchure
  • practice charts
Date 2007-09-05
Availability unrestricted

An investigation was done on the methods used by performers of classical flute music to improve their flute tone. A literature study was done and a methodology created. This resulted in detailed dissection and then discussion of the various aspects that influence flute tone. Thereafter a series of practice charts were developed, which can be used to guide performers, students and teachers in their experiment to improve and diversify flute tone. The key areas of flute tone that were examined are: embouchure, lip flexibility, vibrato and tone colour.

It has been found that different methods work for different people to improve their flute tone, and therefore personal experimentation is necessary in order to achieve the required tone, which also depends on personal taste.

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