Phrasing and tonguing in Scottish tunes on the Flute
I’m looking for advice here … I started out as a fiddler (of no great import), when living in Edinburgh in 1970, and quickly got used to the bright, springy rhythm, which requires a lot of colourful bowing, especially the gorgeous snap-bowing technique. Like many of us, in time I drifted over to the Irish way of playing (I can’t think why, except that it was so damned tasty, and went over better with the girls than Highland Flings). However, I confess I never really got my brain or my fingers around the Irish technique, with its long bowing and subtle swing. Anyway, 40 years passed, as they do. Now I’ve taken up the flute (I found an old wooden flute kicking around the house, got curious, then hooked…) What puzzles me - and I’ve looked through all the excellent posts on flute technique on this site - is how your modern, polished flute player manages to give the Scottish tune the essential Scottish character that you can hear quite plainly with fiddlers in the Skinner tradition. I am really asking about tonguing and phrasing and any tricks anyone might have up their sleeve.
As I said, I only want advice. I am a rank amateur