Reply To: How to get flutes to play a decrescendo
Is the decrescendo on a long note or are they still playing rhythms? If it is on a long note, they can keep blowing at the same speed while gradually closing their mouth. My middle school students do this very well! Encourage them to keep blowing the air until their lips are completely closed. This doesn’t work as well when they are still playing rhythms. Do you have tuners with microphone attachments? If they can practice with this to see how their pitch needs to be adjusted it will help them. Good luck! As a flute/piccolo player I completely understand the frustration!