Keith Underwood Flute Classes
CLASSES WITH KEITH UNDERWOOD
New dates to be announced shortly!
2/15/18 — Alexander Technique
This class covered a lot of information on Alexander Technique, and also touched on circular breathing (incl. Linda Ronstadt) — Linguistics — Whispering — "Catbacking" vs "Barrel-chesting" — Using gestures to succeed in auditions — Joe Allard — Pharyngeal Observations. Next time: Retroflex and pearly tonguing.
12/12/17 — Breathing and articulation exercises
11/15/17 — Creating a pearly sound
10/19/17 — Chirping, single double tonguing, and single triple tonguing
10/4/17 — Pitch bending and other techniques
7/13/17 — Left hand, breath support, and other techniques
Keith Underwood shares tips for proper fingering and balancing for the left hand, as well as essential articulation exercises for single and double tonguing. Keith also addresses possible problems with popular teachings on breath support, and discusses some interesting flute-related concepts such as finger buoyancy and intraoral air pressure.
6/27/17 — Finger breathing and other techniques
In this masterclass Keith goes over finger breathing exercises and using a chromatic etude. He also discusses tongue positions for the low and high registers of the flute and goes over various exercises to visualize and apply the tongue movement. In addition, he emphasizes playing low notes lowder and high notes softer when practicing. He also talks about how to relax your embouchure when you play to prevent fatigue and generate good sound. Keith also discusses bringing out the melody of a tune with specific examples.
He also discusses intonation/tuning.
5/25/17 — Tongue and lip placement
Keith goes over tongue and lip placement as well as the best position for the flute to rest on the chin. He also talks about achieving a concentrated air stream through a good embouchure. Additionally, Keith talks about how physics relates to air stream and flute sound through examples on the Bernoulli and Coanda effect. Lastly Keith talks about how you can activate a variety of facial and throat muscles to achieve different sounds.
5/2/17 — Breathing
Keith demonstrates finger breath exercises to work on pulling sound out of the flute, minimizing lip movement, getting better articulation and achieving evenness of sound on short and long tones, and addresses air-flow and embouchure. He talks about aiming the air flow downward to obtain a resonant tone and mixing outward air-flow between the nose and mouth when playing in the high range. As a final topic Keith gives a great exercise for double tonguing to create the freedom to accent any beat when playing lines.
4/4/17 — Tuning
Keith talks about how to tune the flute and keep your intonation intact. He describes tuning the flute against a drone versus a piano.
Keith also talks about tongue position and how it affects sound and range. He provides exercises to create efficient tongue movement and position to produce better tone and range. He points out which muscles to focus on and tells you how to manipulate them to create a tighter air flow.
Keith also addresses circular breathing as well as semi-circular breathing in this lesson.
2/28/17 — The Pharynx
11/29/16 — Articulation
This session focused on how articulation leads to better sound, including working on famous tongued passages and with examples that influenced Underwood's approach.
As an additional bonus to signing up for all of the above, course enrollees will also receive access to recordings of Keith Underwood's Master Class at the Bloomingdale School of Music which was also recorded in front of a live in-person and online audience, in October 2016.
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New class date will be announced shortly. The past classes are available to stream for $40 each. Choose the specific topic, above, or enroll for all 13 of these classes at once for a series rate. Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the class recordings.
View the classes immediately upon enrollment and registration, with the exception of any upcoming classes, which will be available to view live and as a recording within 48 hours of the live class.
If there was a 'Hall of Fame' for music teachers, Keith Underwood would take first prize...Armed with lots of technical solutions - both new and old (some even dating from 1850!) Keith guided us through all of it, and Lessonface is the perfect format for delivering it.
Keith Underwood is one of the premier flute teachers of our time. His knowledge regarding tone production, articulation, breath control, etc.are unsurpassed. As a doubler, I've learned so much from Keith which I can apply not only to the flute, but to the clarinet and saxophone as well. And, his presentation is always a joy! I'm so grateful to Lessonface.com for making such a fine artists/teacher so readily available!
HOW IT WORKS
The past classes are now available for immediate streaming upon registration and enrollment. To proceed, choose the Enroll button above. You may attend the February 15, 2018 class in-studio at Lessonface in the West Village of NYC, or online via high quality video conference. All classes were taught live to an online and in-studio audience.
ABOUT KEITH UNDERWOOD
Renowned flutist and educator Keith Underwood has been an active flutist in New York musical life for three decades. Underwood serves on the faculties of Mannes School of Music, New York University and Queens College. Each year he travels internationally to Japan, Mexico, Italy, Brazil and London to teach workshops and perform.
Underwood’s students hold positions with America’s major orchestras including the the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, to name just a few. Globally, his students are members of orchestras in Italy, Japan, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Students from all over the world travel to Keith’s studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for lessons, especially when an important audition is pending.
As a performer, Underwood has appeared with New York’s most prominent musical organizations including the New York Philharmonic, New York Chamber Symphony, the Orpheus Ensemble, the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He is solo flutist with the Parnassus and Musical Elements, Jazz Antiqu, the Arcadia Baroque Ensemble, Ufonia and the Riverside Symphony. Underwood has recorded with such diverse artists as Benjamin Verdery, Celine Dion, Kathleen Battle, Rod Stewart, Bobby McFerrin, and Anthony Newman.
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