How to have focus
on the low notes

One on the big problems piccolo players are coping with is the lack of focus with the low notes: in this short video Peter Verhoyen, Piccoloist of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, explains in what ways he achieves this focus.

This video is an excerpt from the lesson “Piccolo Embouchure” by Peter Verhoyen, Piccoloist of the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

This course is a deepening of one of the most important topics of all piccolo practice: learn with Peter how the embouchure changes from flute to piccolo, practice its exercises and refine your personal embouchure.

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

Lessons of this course:

1. First steps for beginners
For many flute players it seems to be a very difficult job to make the transition between flute and piccolo. Peter Verhoyen thinks it's not that difficult, and he has mainly three different subjects: multiple position, throat tuning and control of the upper lip.

What you will learn:

  • Ho much to open the embouchure in the low, in the middle and in the third register
  • The correct tuning of the throat
  • The control of the upper lip
2. Tips for more advanced piccoloists
In this lesson, which continues the course focused on the piccolo embouchure, Peter talks about the 3D (three dimensional) focus, the smiley exercise and more tips and advices regarding air direction.

What you will learn:

  • Working on embouchure with three-dimensional focus
  • The smiley exercise
  • New tips and advices regarding air direction

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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