I have been playing the flute for 2 years and I can't get my head around the concept of tone colors. I'm learning with Trevor Why books, which describe 3 beginner exercises with which to practice 2 colours:
- The Aquarium variation from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens to practise a pure, hollow or yellow tone.
- A theme from Ravel's Introduction and Allegro for septet. This is to practise a dark, purple, rich tone.
- An exercise based on Debussy's Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune. This is for practice after working on the first two colours and is to help obtain a 'midway tone' - neither dark or light.
Let me explain what I think a dark or light tone color is first. When I play on a flute I try to feel the power in my playing, and play in a way that my whole flute starts resonate in my hand. I try not to waste any air while I'm playing. I like playing epic/important things. I enjoy playing Hatikvah. I would say that is my tone preference because it is dark and heavy.
I use a light tone when I want to play happy and upbeat songs, and in my mind I imagine that I try to describe happy boy jumping on grass field.
I'm confused because I feel like Aquarium is played with a very dark tone. If Aquarium would describing a story I would say the story would be about "some innocent girl entering an evil witch forest".
I'm quite confused about dark vs light tone color and I think I'm missing some important knowledge that would help me distinguish between light and dark tone.
How you guys distinguish between light vs dark tone/sound?