We all run into THOSE spots in a piece of music or what seems like a completely impossible passage. Feel free to share your problem area and how you got past it or, if you are still struggling, ask for help!
Here are a few pointers that may be helpful.
- Loosen Up! Although the piccolo embouchure is firm, it is not overly tense: and absolutely no squeezing! Keep your embouchure firm, but “loose”. People think piccolo is tighter, but you have to stay more relaxed than flute to produce good tone.
- Place the Piccolo Higher on the Lower Lip.
- Don’t tense up! embouchure, shoulders, neck, etc. remain relaxed
- Practice with earplugs, especially when working on high and fortes sections.
- Practice with a tuner!
- Get to Know Alternate Fingerings! Alternate fingerings provide a wealth of opportunity to adjust pitch and change the tone colors of notes.
- Use a lighter grip than you would on flute! Everything’s closer together
- For high notes, sometimes just rolling out will fix the problem.
- Long tones….arpeggios. scales. If you practice the flute you should practice the piccolo.
- Always warm up!
- Christine Beard Guide To Alternate Fingerings
Good luck and we hope these tips help!