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by MathWizard
Sun May 29, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Carnival of the animals...
Replies: 1
Views: 2085

Re: Carnival of the animals...

I'm going to be mostly referring to "Voliere" as that is the piece that is usually used when a flutist is referring to carnival of the animals. Using alternate fingerings is a must. This is usually just the trill fingerings. For example, even the first set of 32nd notes you should use a trill finger...
by MathWizard
Sat May 28, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Anyone give me tips on my performance
Replies: 6
Views: 3545

Re: Anyone give me tips on my performance

The vibrato thing was mostly because I was very nervous, which also presented itself in the cadenza, as that was probably the fastest time I've ever got through it. As for the tempo of the fast section, it wasn't really a choice for me. My band director (who hasn't conducted a solo in many many year...
by MathWizard
Mon May 23, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Anyone give me tips on my performance
Replies: 6
Views: 3545

Anyone give me tips on my performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcGorer2-xw This is my performance of Concertino by Cecile Chaminade. I did it with the band that I am a part of and I was wondering if anyone could give me any tips for how I performed, played, etc. I know the wiping of my jaw might have seemed strange but my flutist ...
by MathWizard
Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Vegetable Flutes
Replies: 4
Views: 2802

I find it quite ingenious, after all, it shows how innovative we are. It shows that if all the musical instrument companies were to shut down, we could invent some way of making music. On the other hand, I find it funny as well.
by MathWizard
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:10 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Question about Yamaha 400 series
Replies: 11
Views: 10991

I own a 400 series flute, and I couldn't wish for anything better (for now at least). It is an excellent flute and has a great potential to sound amazing depending on the level of the player. Probably the most annoying thing is how much you have to polish it though, as fingerprints love silver flute...
by MathWizard
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:07 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Trouble with D
Replies: 4
Views: 3525

This has been a problem for many instruments. Usually referred to as the break. This is apparent on most woodwind instruments, as far as I know. This needs to be practiced a lot at the beginning of playing a woodwind instrument, and after a while, it will just get easier. Try doing the basic scales ...
by MathWizard
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:30 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: question about high E
Replies: 12
Views: 10115

Split E's in my opinion are the worst and most lazy invention that was ever put on the flute. When practiced, a high E is just the same as playing any other high note. Also, split E's make your high F# sound extremely out of tune.
by MathWizard
Tue Sep 22, 2009 10:05 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Flutes in Jazz
Replies: 19
Views: 14442

High school jazz bands will rarely, if ever, see a flute part in the music. Depending on who is directing, of course, may be very old school in where he/she will want the typical jazz band (saxes, trumpets, trombone, bass, guitar, drum kit, piano, vibes), and other band directors, typically younger ...
by MathWizard
Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:12 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: I need a professional flute. Tips?
Replies: 10
Views: 7426

Buying a flute is a big decision to make as they don't usually come cheap. Make sure that you try out every single flute that you intend on buying. There are many different features to think about when you do decide to buy your flute. Maybe you like open holes, a split E, a b foot. Since you have mo...
by MathWizard
Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Alternate F#, why not.
Replies: 4
Views: 3784

The alternate fingering is just what it is said to be, an alternate fingering. Just like you can press down the Briccialdi lever when you are playing the Bb. It is just an alternate. The right ring finger being set as the fingering for F# was taken from mere history of how it was normally played. Al...
by MathWizard
Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Pitch
Replies: 16
Views: 8987

Congratulations, you sound extremely arrogant. 99% of the people on this forum are either beginners or intermediate, and in no way professional players. First, the chance of playing a quarter tone in a piece of music is rare, unless you are a strictly modern flutist. Second, no one is going to kill ...
by MathWizard
Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:31 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Pitch
Replies: 16
Views: 8987

Trill fingerings were created so that you could use that ornament effectively. For example, lets say you want to trill from a third octave Ab to a third octave Bb. Unless you can switch between those two fast enough to not make it sound like sixteenth notes (or less) there is no way to get an accura...
by MathWizard
Mon Sep 14, 2009 10:32 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Pitch
Replies: 16
Views: 8987

It is almost the same thing with trills though. Many trills in the third octave do not give you the desired second note, but because it is so fast, most can not tell the difference. So what I would say is that unless you are holding the note for a second or longer, then you should get the correct fi...
by MathWizard
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: My flute keys
Replies: 11
Views: 10023

Yes, Pied Piper is correct. The most important thing to remember is to never try to fix something yourself without knowing exactly what you are doing. Doing things wrongs will lead to other problems. For example, you see that a spring is off, so you try to put it back, but in the process you break i...
by MathWizard
Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:23 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: searching pieces for flute solo
Replies: 27
Views: 17938

I still stick by my favorite flute solo, "The Carnival of Venice"