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by ShortButSweet
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:23 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: I get so tense I sound bad... please help
Replies: 2
Views: 2479

I have read this in a couple of places, heard in in masterclasses, and tried it...seems crazy, but try it: Practice on a pilates ball and/or squat on your high notes. It engages your core muscles and release tension in the neck and back. that does sound weird, but it sounds like it would work, so i...
by ShortButSweet
Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:24 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: I get so tense I sound bad... please help
Replies: 2
Views: 2479

I get so tense I sound bad... please help

I'm playing Taktakishvilli's Sonata in C, the first movement. I've noticed lately that the high notes are becoming harder and harder to play with a good, warm tone. I think it's because when I play them, I get very tense in my neck and throat. How can I help this? I need to concentrate my air stream...
by ShortButSweet
Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:56 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Should I go inline or offset G?
Replies: 21
Views: 21121

wow, that's so cool! congratulations. as for me, i use offset. i have little fingers and inline is just way too awkward for me. it used to matter a lot, i think, in the professional flute world, everyone thought inline was better, but now i think it's back to not really mattering. that's my opinion ...
by ShortButSweet
Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:39 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Breathing help?
Replies: 10
Views: 5725

Re: Breathing help?

I've been playing the flute for 8 years and seem to have a much smaller lung capacity than most other flautists who have been playing as long as i have. it's very distracting in most pieces. I am a pretty little person in general, I'm 5'2 and weigh 90 pounds, which could contribute, but i don't wan...
by ShortButSweet
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:24 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Breathing help?
Replies: 10
Views: 5725

Breathing help?

I've been playing the flute for 8 years and seem to have a much smaller lung capacity than most other flautists who have been playing as long as i have. it's very distracting in most pieces. I am a pretty little person in general, I'm 5'2 and weigh 90 pounds, which could contribute, but i don't want...
by ShortButSweet
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Where do you perform and what do you wear when you perform?
Replies: 10
Views: 12331

I'm a senior in high school, first chair in the highest band. we wear these really ugly black dresses with a sort of beaded shrug thing on top... only it doesn't open at the front, it's more of a short jacket? hard to explain, but pretty hideous. hahah. i perform in competitions and showcases and st...
by ShortButSweet
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: College
Replies: 2
Views: 2181

Re: College

I've been looking at conservatories, UC, and Cal state schools and I've been wondering what would good pieces to play be. My teacher said I should easily be able to get into any of the cal state music programs and I'm at an intermediate almost advanced level. What worries me about the audition proc...
by ShortButSweet
Sat Jul 25, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: I need serious help on technical things...
Replies: 1
Views: 1739

I need serious help on technical things...

I'm learning Godard's Valse right now, and pretty much beating my head against the wall. I've learned other pieces with tough fingering parts before, like Faure's Fantasie and Ganne's Andante et Scherzo, but i never got them perfect or nearly good enough in my opinion. Now i'm trying to learn this o...
by ShortButSweet
Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Flutes in Jazz
Replies: 19
Views: 14146

Dirty_Dave wrote:What about asking if you can take a solo with the band?
well people in the past have asked my band director that, and he always says no. you have to be an actual part of the jazz band to play.
by ShortButSweet
Fri May 29, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What pieces are you learning?
Replies: 53
Views: 29911

I just started learning the third movement of the Sonata in C by Otar Taktakishvilli. It's really the only russian piece i've heard that i've liked. i might do it for a few competitions in the fall instead of the Andante et Scherzo by Ganne.
by ShortButSweet
Tue May 26, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Flutes in Jazz
Replies: 19
Views: 14146

I played flute in the jazz band in my middle school for two years, but once i got into high school flutes couldn't be in the jazz band. it makes me mad too, cause the jazz band just played a song called Iroquois that had a flute part, and they made one of the alto sax players learn flute in a couple...
by ShortButSweet
Tue May 26, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What pieces are you learning?
Replies: 53
Views: 29911

I played Faure's Fantasie for a few competitions a few months ago. I really liked it, but I got sick of playing it after a while. My main problem with it is that i didn't practice the runs thoroughly enough. so they were kinda sloppy. right now i'm working on Ganne's Andante et Scherzo. there's a yo...
by ShortButSweet
Mon Oct 20, 2008 6:56 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Did I learn the flute completely wrong, or what?
Replies: 6
Views: 5073

I've been taking lessons from the same teacher for probably seven years, and she's never mentioned anything about my tonguing. Like I said, it sounds just like normal tonguing. I'm sure she would have mentioned it if it was a major concern... I've mentioned it to her before, but she didn't seem too ...
by ShortButSweet
Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Did I learn the flute completely wrong, or what?
Replies: 6
Views: 5073

thank you for the advice. :) so the question is, if I am tonguing wrong, or not "tonguing" at all, what can I do about it? Is it going to hinder me a lot in the future? will I ever be able to learn double tonguing that way? when I've practiced competition pieces in the past, I never had the patience...
by ShortButSweet
Sun Oct 19, 2008 7:13 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Fantaisie- Faure
Replies: 12
Views: 13276

i'm playing this piece for a competition in a couple weeks... is it going to completely suck if i can't double tongue? :P

i just can't learn. Read my post entitled "Did i learn the flute completely wrong, or what?"