One of the most useful ways to utilize harmonics, besides color and pitch changes, is to facilitate fast passages in the third octave of the flute.
By using harmonics of the octave or fifth (actually twelfth, but for simplification purposes we’ll refer to them as fifth) we can avoid some of the awkward cross-fingerings inherent to the third octave.
Below let’s examine some passages of the solo and orchestral repertoire where harmonic fingerings come to our help.
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The Altissimo Flute Trill Chart is a guide for all trills, including those seen less frequently. The trill chart features easy to follow fingerings from C1 to D4, and includes options for the C#-trill key. It is printed on a handy plastic card that fits in your flute case.
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