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by wkzh
Fri May 30, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Flute Glissando Range
Replies: 5
Views: 9014

Re: Flute Glissando Range

I guess this comes a bit late, but I'd like to mention that it is possible to smoothly glissando from middle D to high E. (It's also possible to push it higher, but it gets kinda tricky, clumsy, and hard to control.) The glissando is smooth with respect to pitch, but timbre varies somewhat - rather ...
by wkzh
Fri May 30, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Question about Multiphonics
Replies: 4
Views: 3308

Re: Question about Multiphonics

This comes a bit late, but I hope it's still relevant. There is only one way to know whether some multiphonic (or multiphonic passage) is actually playable: know the instrument intimately - either yourself, or someone else. In other words, if you're not a flautist-composer, then the only way is to c...
by wkzh
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:17 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Different sound through different pads ?
Replies: 38
Views: 22478

Re: Different sound through different pads ?

flutego12 wrote:I read with great interest your comment above and was wondering what type of pads your techie recommended for flutes in the tropics?
He didn't specifically mention any, just cautioned that JS Gold pads were less satisfactory with this humidity.
by wkzh
Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsu EX Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 6974

Re: Muramatsu EX Questions

Hello there, fellow Muramatsu EX user! (and welcome!) I know I'm two weeks late, but here goes... With this EX model being solid silver head only, and a plated body/foot, I have heard that the plated material is much less forgiving than an all solid silver tubing in terms of accidents resulting in d...
by wkzh
Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Does seasoning a piccolo affect its high register response?
Replies: 0
Views: 2343

Does seasoning a piccolo affect its high register response?

Recently I tried a few new piccolos (including Geoffrey Guo's plastic piccolo! it had a rather nice response), and one thing I couldn't stand was that I couldn't hit anything above high Bb on them; at least, not properly (e.g. required special fingerings, unreasonable amount of air pressure). For al...
by wkzh
Wed Nov 23, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: In school and having to change everything
Replies: 16
Views: 8429

Re: In school and having to change everything

fg18 - Yay another advocate of ergonomic alterations! whoohoo! Back to the topic... I had to relearn my embouchure once only, thankfully. My first few teachers never said much about embouchure, usually just on more of how to get the sound out, and they tutored in groups in the school band programme ...
by wkzh
Wed Aug 24, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 14063

Re: Open-holes practice

I think it's pretty much the other way around: a significant number of people who buy lower end flutes are young learners who do not have sufficient hand size to play an open-hole flute.
by wkzh
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: CLeaning sterling silver flute with alcohol?
Replies: 36
Views: 46575

Re: CLeaning sterling silver flute with alcohol?

Amandaibags, you might to reread the previous posts; they have some really good advice and information. Anyway, by "marks" do you mean black tarnish marks? As mentioned in previous posts, if your cloth turns black after wiping, then it is impregnated with silver polishing compounds and abrasives; if...
by wkzh
Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:24 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Slides?
Replies: 1
Views: 1703

Re: Slides?

Hi there! Well, yes and no; it depends on which notes you want to slide, and whether the flute has perforated keys. There is a very limited set of ranges a normal flute can slide, and achieves an effect rather different from that on the violin. Feel free to ask if you want more details. I'm not sure...
by wkzh
Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Playing notes above high A
Replies: 8
Views: 4391

Re: Playing notes above high A

A bit late but...

Given that it is SO flat, I'm inclined to think that there's something wrong with the cork position? Might also be problems with covering too much of the embouchure hole with the lower lip.
by wkzh
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:45 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: artley e flat flute
Replies: 8
Views: 4098

Re: artley e flat flute

Hey, I don't think there're any specs for Eb flute stopper positions, simply because there are so few out there, but you can figure it out by experimentation. Stopper positioning affects intonation in different registers differently, so it's always a compromise. The key is to find a *good* compromis...
by wkzh
Thu May 12, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: How to Flatten High G
Replies: 0
Views: 2111

How to Flatten High G

I've been scouring the internet for flat fingerings for high G, but could never find anything satisfactory. It's a real bane, especially for band music because it's often in the flat keys: G's would have to be tuned rather flat, and frankly, that's not possible by embouchure alone, nor will any head...
by wkzh
Thu May 12, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Help me with this song I'm playing for Honors!
Replies: 2
Views: 2125

Re: Help me with this song I'm playing for Honors!

A month late, but oh well. I'd say staggering is a better idea, but... circular breathing is best! My section can do some masterful staggering, I have no idea how they do it, (I play the piccolo most of the time, you see.) but oftentimes, you can't really tell that they're staggering. I think the tr...
by wkzh
Sat May 07, 2011 2:27 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Brass Playing Ruins Embouchure?
Replies: 6
Views: 4548

Re: Brass Playing Ruins Embouchure?

Hi there, I've played Baratone Horn and switched back to flute and piccolo while acting on stage. I never noticed any problems. Played trombone in the marching band and flute in concert band...no problems. However, I was backstage at a band competition and for some reason asked my friend if I could...
by wkzh
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Screws
Replies: 21
Views: 6325

Re: Screws

I really don't know why so much paranoia on adjusting screws that are there for this function. Whoops forgot to mention. When I said you need precision screwdrivers, I meant that for the screw slots of the axles. The adjustment screws don't need such precise screwdrivers... unless they are stuck. O...