Video X-Rays of Patricia George Playing the Flute

The fluoroscope was done in October 2004, compliments of the Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

One of the problems in doing this kind of work is how to position the flutist in the xray machine. In the past they had tried to have the flutist face the tech person; however, the bones of the spine were so strong in the images that all the soft tissue areas were not visable. When my colleague saw me playing left handed flute, he wondered if I would fit in the fluoroscope sideways. It worked pretty well; however, I can't say a lot of positive things about my body alignment because everything on the flute---from the G# key on down was outside the machine. So, I had to stand where I would be basically in the center of the screen---and still be able to play. Everything on the flute from the g# key on down was outside the machine. Not the best playing position.

I was in the fluoroscope for three minutes. That was all the time that was deemed to be safe. I have to take their word on this.


1. Slurring from middle to low, low to middle, middle to high and back--all three octaves

2. Single tongued (t) in all three octaves with vibrato

3. K in all three octaves with vibrato

4. TK (thicka) in all three octaves with vibrato

5. Hah in all three octaves with vibrato

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Vibrato in all three octaves

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1. Light in the tunnel excercise for vibrato placement. First I placed
the vibrato outside me on a music stand, then at the lips, upper pallette
or behind nose, back of mouth, in the throat and finally in the chest.
By placing, I mean "thinking" the vibrato in that place.

2. Two multiphonics---the one from a G and an Ab fingering

3. Four note slurs

4. Whistle tones---some high, some fundamentals

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1. Faure Fantasie, Op. 79 - opening of slow part

2. Faure Fantasie, Op. 70 - opening of fast part

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