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by Fleming
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:28 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: staccato/slur
Replies: 1
Views: 2950

First you need to decide what the intention was. I've seen that notation used for portato, mezzo staccato, and spiccato. I'm sure it's also used for phrase markings and other things as well.
by Fleming
Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:00 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: student embouchure very off center
Replies: 3
Views: 2626

If off center is the way she needs to play, then so be it, but I have never heard anyone describe off center playing as an asset! There's nothing wrong with an off center embouchure. I'd recommend encouraging your student to experiment in case there are better ways to form her embouchure, with the ...
by Fleming
Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: To play or not to play?
Replies: 11
Views: 6482

I don't want to mess up and then feel embarassed in front of a bunch of people I don't know. Join the club. :) Just remember that you're performing for the audience. If you make a mistake the only thing you can do is suck it up, recover as quickly as possible, and keep going without letting your ho...
by Fleming
Tue Dec 22, 2009 8:11 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: To play or not to play?
Replies: 11
Views: 6482

If your only concern is feeling nervous, then this sounds like the perfect opportunity to get more experience playing in front of an audience. Everyone gets nervous when playing for others, and learning to play through it is part of becoming a musician. :)
by Fleming
Thu Nov 05, 2009 3:01 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Bad Teacher or Bad Student?
Replies: 14
Views: 4817

"Yea, you can use those, but better is to use a dollar bill" this comment was the one thing that definitely made my decision not to go back. More important than knowing everything is being willing to learn from the student. I had a flute teacher who gave me the exact same advice about a dollar bill...
by Fleming
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Adult Beginner Requests Help with Embouchure
Replies: 11
Views: 8466

It seems that I am blowing harder and harder as the notes get higher. A little harder is technically fine, but for higher notes it should feel as if you are using the same amount, or even less air. The trick to making clean movements up the range is the size of the hole in your embouchure, and the ...
by Fleming
Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:05 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: LOUD Flute
Replies: 2
Views: 1792

I do think it's the player and not the instrument, but it's also possible that the instrument might play a part and playing loud has simply become a habit for the best possible sound. First and foremost, approach it by not assuming that this player is in the wrong. Dynamics are up to interpretation,...
by Fleming
Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:32 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Same fingerings?
Replies: 2
Views: 2145

Blow the same way, but make the hole between your lips smaller. At a certain point you'll increase the air pressure enough to "overblow" into the second octave E.
by Fleming
Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Flute brands
Replies: 4
Views: 11044

My experience with Armstrong has been good, but there are much better options for the same price range. The others I've either not heard of or wouldn't recommend to a new student. If you must choose from the brands you mentioned, Armstrong is your best bet. The 104 model is built like a tank and doe...
by Fleming
Thu May 14, 2009 9:57 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Silver plated or nickel plated ?
Replies: 2
Views: 2299

If you're allergic to either silver or nickel, that makes your choice for you. And if you're allergic to both, you need to consider other options, like gold plating (which can be done by a repair shop if necessary). In terms of maintenance and appearance, nickel is easier to maintain, but silver ten...
by Fleming
Sun May 03, 2009 6:51 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Trouble with high E
Replies: 8
Views: 3742

>For a split second, no sound comes out at all. Then I'd guess it's taking you a split second to find the sweet spot. The only way to fix that is practice. Try working on your scales up and down by increasing intervals, and focus on remembering what it feels like to get a good response and tone on e...
by Fleming
Fri May 01, 2009 11:52 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Trouble with high E
Replies: 8
Views: 3742

"Catch"? Meaning no sound comes out at all, or you get a bit of the second octave before hitting the right pitch, or something else entirely?
by Fleming
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:20 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Playing is very breathy...
Replies: 10
Views: 8013

>Is it common for someone like me to encounter this breathyness >and in time will less breathyness come with practice? If you're teaching yourself then I would expect it, yes. In my experience teaching, a breathy sound is usually the result of one the following: Blowing too hard to make an octave. Y...
by Fleming
Thu Apr 23, 2009 7:35 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: High notes? Ugh...
Replies: 4
Views: 7274

>My low notes sound lush and full. My high notes? Shrill and thin. And when you get your high notes just right, your low notes suffer. It's a never-ending cycle of suffering. ;) I see this a lot, and it's because a lot of people tailor their embouchure to an extreme that only works well for approxim...
by Fleming
Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:04 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: inline or offset G
Replies: 7
Views: 3492

A flute is a big enough investment that you shouldn't settle for less. I had a similar situation a while back with a used flute that was a good deal except for the fact that it was inline (which I don't like). I considered that a deal breaker and turned down the offer because I can't see myself payi...