December 01st, 2012
A Nutcracker Trill for Piccolo
'Tis the Season: Everywhere we go, Christmas music fills the air from background music at the mall to the radio, while musicians seem to be rushing from one 'gig' to the next. The Nutcracker is a seasonal favorite whether you are performing the full length ballet or the orchestral suite. The F-G trill in the third octave for piccolo requires a special fingering: using the flute fingering (trilling the thumb key only) will almost always crack and does not work on piccolo. Instead, finger third octave F#, and trill the index finger (the f key). This will give you a beautiful trill that is sustainable without any cracks whatsoever.