In this short video presentation, University of Minnesota flute professor, Immanuel Davis demonstrates and explains his top 5 Flute tricks. These exercises are great for players of all levels because they really approach all aspects of flute playing and get you ready to tackle all your pieces!
Included in the video:
- Pitch Bends
- Finger Breaths
- Trills for better scales
- Singing and Playing for clearer intervals and breath control
- Articulation - "chirping and womping" with mixed syllables
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Techniques will be applied to your favorite repertoire, including:
Taffanel & Gaubert Exercices Journaliers, Orchestral Excerpts, Bach Partita in A minor, Bach Sonata in E major, Ibert Concerto, and more
Bring your copies to the class or download the handouts here:
Flutist Immanuel Davis is a highly versatile performer and innovative teacher. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Weill Recital hall at Carnegie Hall, MoMa's Summer Garden Series, Noonday Concerts at Trinity Church, and the Meet the Virtuoso series at the 92nd St Y. As a member of the New York Flute and Harp Project, he has performed with harpist Park Stickney at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on board the Queen Elizabeth 2. Orchestral work has included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Jupiter Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic. Davis has also played on Broadway in Show Boat and Ragtime, among others, and has performed with the contemporary music ensembles Music Mobile and 20th Century and Beyond. Immanuel released his first CD, “Prevailing Winds“ in December of 2003. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he has been invited to teach classes at Yale University, Grinnell College, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Seattle Pacific University. For several years he taught with Keith Underwood in master classes at Hidden Valley in California, and will soon be making his fifth trip to Mexico, where he serves as woodwind clinician for the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra. This August Immanuel will play and teach a master class at the 2004 summer National Flute Convention to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. Educated at the Juilliard School, Davis received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as a student of Julius Baker. Other studies have been with Keith Underwood, Ransom Wilson, Sandra Miller, and with Philip Dunigan at the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 2001 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant under the auspices of the Netherlands-America Foundation for study of the baroque flute. Immanuel Davis plays on Louis Lot flute #888 made in Paris in 1866. Louis Lot is known as the Stradivarius of flute makers. This flute, one of his earliest, is probably the oldest “modern“ flute being played on the concert circuit today. Immanuel Davis has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001.