Fluttertongue - Special playing styles - Philipp Dangas

Flutter tongue

Description of the playing technique Flutter tongue

A special type of tongue thrust that uses a continuously rolling tongue or palate R to produce sound. This technique works best on clarinets, flutes, and brass instruments.

In the music of the 20th century, the fluttering tongue is modified. It is also possible to start a note with a fluttering tongue (or vice versa) and then transition to normal blowing. Soundless flapping tongue is also possible. In addition, the flutter tongue can be combined with glissando.

The fluttering tongue as part of the „symphonic world music“

Using the flapper tongue means another way to create discrete color contrast. The prerequisite for this is the execution of the fluttering tongue in the "luminous" register of a wind instrument. such as B. the flute.

The string orchestra should be split up and played like e.g. B. staccato or pizzicato and sound reduced due to low dynamics. Then the effect of the flapping tongue would be clearly audible and perhaps similar to a distant faint laughter of unsuspecting musicians.

Key data on the special playing styles flutter tongue

Flutter tongue
One speaks drrrrr to a moderately fast chromatic scale.
The effect is similar to the sound made by a chain of birds buzzing in the air.
Fluttertongue or "Fltz." Information about the relevant staff:
I. Variation
Standard notation of Flutter tongue
II. Variation
Alternative notation of Flutter tongue

Downloads for Fluttertongue - Score by Gustav Mahler

Sound file for the score
"7th Symphony 5th Movement"
Download-size: 115 Kilobytes
PDF file for the score
"Symphony 7, 5th movement"
Download–size: 115 Kilobytes

Note on the score with an example of fluttering tongue

A graphic with an extract from the score follows. Excerpt from the prelude to the “7th Symphony, 5th Movement”. Composition by Gustav Mahler. An example of fluttering tongue. The graphic can also be enlarged. It is Link-Sensitive [Clickable].