Name: Yoojin Ko
Main Subject: Jazz Flute
Research Coach: Jarmo Hoogendijk
Title of Research: Different Techniques and Articulations effect for the flute improviser
Research Question: How to discover different techniques and articulations for improvising on the flute
Research Process: I figured out different techniques and Articulations. I made detailed observation for these kinds of skills and arranged this by myself. This process began because I can hear the different sound effects when I am playing, but I could not reproduce these ideas each time. I expect that after this research I will have more freedom with my instrument and be able to use various techniques and sound tools in a flexible way. I want to shake up my way of thinking and escape from my own personal rules as an improviser. I started my research by making little definitions about articulations and techniques, followed by researching on the history of jazz flute and listing the ideas these jazz flute players used. I researched about different techniques and articulation effects from contemporary books and recordings.
The final step of my research was to look for skills that jazz improvisers used in their solos, to transcribe the music and indicate these skills with symbols.
Summary of Results:
I came to realize that I did not know the full details of all the different techniques and articulations needed for improvising. Each musician has their own unique way of improvising and their musical abilities and their environment influence their development of their techniques and articulations. To be able to improve in good musical context, I had to master his/her techniques and articulations.
Also I have to be aware of when I am using the different techniques such as the alternative fingerings and tone-color trills during my performance. I have to achieve clean and fine techniques to be able to play the different ideas that comes to mind with a flexible techniques and articulations. I would like to try to compose songs with different techniques and articulations. I want to put special techniques and different articulations in these tunes so that I also can learn from it and increase my individual colorations. Eventually when I improvise, I want to be able to express all of my emotions with good musical control. All through my research I dreamed that I want to be flexible and free with my flute playing in the near future and I am certain that I can achieve it with this research.