Overblowing the Flute

The flute is overblown to its second or third harmonic by a combination of increasing the airstream velocity and "rolling in" to decrease the gap between the players lips and the edge. Even higher harmonics can be produced, as demonstrated here.

Discussion of overblowing
Video example: overblowing to the octave

Thanks to Sara Booker for helping to demonstrate the instrument and to Tim Merritt of GSU's Instructional Resource Center for assistance with the video.


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