This week I wanted to share how the first beat from Greg Patillo's "3 Beats for Beatbox Flute" was coming along. I took it at 3/4 the speed it should go, and I can use some tone improvement, but I've been working on this piece for about a year now and I felt it deserved some feedback from all of you.
My goal is to have this and the other two movements ready for my scholarship re-audition next semester. I want to have it so solidly that Berklee has to consider giving me more money than I'm already getting.
Beatbox pieces are tricky. You really have to focus on fluidity; some of my first issues were that my phrases were too disjointed, and so the piece didn't really flow. It's easy to come at the articulation from an intense, staccato perspective, but that would be wrong. With this piece in particular, you want an intense and flowing sound; you want your audience to ask "How can he play so low and beautifully while also being crisp and clear?" Quite a paradox, eh?
I hope you all enjoyed it, and please do tell me what you think. Feedback will only make me better.