Why and when playing
with the intonation a little bit higher?

In this short video Gudrun Hinze, piccoloist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, explains why is not always good to play perfectly in pitch according to equal temperation.

This video is an excerpt from the course “Intonation of the piccolo” by Gudrun Hinze, piccoloist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.

Mastering intonation with the piccolo is a very important goal and requires a lot of practice: in this course, Gudrun explores the topic in a comprehensive way, showing and teaching how to use the main tools of the intonation control, explaining in detail the differences compared to the flute, and finally deepening the management of the intonation of the other instruments of the orchestra with which we are called to play.

Continue reading this page to learn what lessons you will find in Gudrun’s course.

Lessons of this course:

1. The toolbox
Gudrun talks about 5 tools very useful to improve our intonation on the piccolo: lips, constance and speed of air, fingerings, vowels and sound memory.

What you will learn:

  • Tool #1: lips
  • Tool #2: airstream
  • Tool #3: fingerings
  • Tool #4: vowels
  • Tool #5: sound memory
2. The piccolo scale
Discover the system of intonation of the piccolo flute focusing on the flute scale and the piccolo scale. Why is intonation more difficult when we switch from the flute to the piccolo?

What you will learn:

  • The basic difference between the flute scale and the piccolo scale
  • The body construction of the flute
  • The body construction of the piccolo and how it influences the intonation
  • A central point: the tuning note A2
  • The headjoint position
3. More than one system
Learn how to manager the different systems of intonation of the other instruments with wich you play.

What you will learn:

  • Intonation issues when we play with other instruments
  • Intonation playing together with the piano
  • Intonation playing together with the harp
  • Intonation playing together with the glockenspiel or celesta
  • Intonation playing together with the first violin section
  • Intonation playing together with the woodwind section
  • Exercise #1: switch places
  • Exercise #2: play facing with eye contact

Other courses:

80+ specialist piccolo lessons on 17 in-depht topics
New lessons added every month
Downloadable pdf exercises
English subtitles in all lessons
Orchestral & piano backing tracks
Write your specialist questions to Nicola Mazzanti
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Frequently Asked Questions

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You will find also backing tracks for piano or orchestra designed specifically for those who play the piccolo, using virtual instrument technology. You can slow it down, speed it up, or choose the bpm that best suits your practice.

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