It's time for more Deconstructing Andersen! This time we'll talk about Etude No. 3 in G Major, seen below (click to download):
This etude is all about turns. A turn is an ornamental figure that looks like this:
You see turns a lot in Baroque music, which includes Bach, Handel, and Telemann, so proficiency in this type of ornament is key to being able to play a good deal of the music written for flute.
The trick with turns is that they have to lead somewhere. If they don't feel like they're moving toward the next beat, there's no point to having them in the music at all. They're in there to create energy, so use them to move the etude forward into the beat that follows, like so:
When you get comfortable with the idea that a turn belongs to what comes after it, rather than to the beat it lives in, you'll find a new vitality and excitement in the pieces you play. That sense of forward motion isn't exclusive to turns, either; it should be everywhere in the music that you play. A musician who performs with direction and purpose is compelling to watch and appealing to hire, so inject some energy into what you play and watch the gigs come rolling in.
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