Reply To: How to get flutes to play a decrescendo
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I disagree with amcastle rolling out is NOT the way to do things. You control your dynamics with your air and yes rolling will work, but do you want good musician or hacks. They will get drilled to the wall by any good flute instructor for doing that and they will be forced to do it correctly. For a doubler who doesn’t care about their pitch or tone quality that is an acceptable technique, but rolling is like telling a saxophone/clarinet player to slowly take the mouthpiece out of their mouth to create a decrescendo.
Kolbh has your best solution, yes I am also a flute player, but doing this I can even get 5th graders to have a small decrescendo. It takes time and effort, but it is worth it in the end.