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by azgoth
Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:53 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: masking tape on holes
Replies: 1
Views: 1369

masking tape on holes

Hi the C# is known to be very sharp on the flute. A is a bit sharp too, compared to just intonation. I tried this morning the idea of putting tape on the inside of the flute, under the C# and A holes (the tape is towards the embouchure hole, it's the same thing as if the hole was made smaller or put...
by azgoth
Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:35 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Repadding a bass flute
Replies: 2
Views: 2200

Repadding a bass flute

Hello I have a chinese bass flute with bad pads (nealy new, a shame). I bought replacement pads and tried to replace them but I noticed the key cups are quite concave (not flat at all), when I put the new pad and screw it, it distorts quite a bit, the skin becomes irregular because I force it to fit...
by azgoth
Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:09 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Flute alignment
Replies: 4
Views: 2533

Re: Flute alignment

Personnally I adjust the centre of the blow hole with the centre of the C key. I think you just have to find the best position to have the flute balanced in your hands. You have to be able to do a middle c# without the flute falling in or out :mrgreen:
by azgoth
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:23 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: No progress on higher register - is it the flute or is it me
Replies: 7
Views: 5998

Re: No progress on higher register - is it the flute or is i

It's a mix of these two. You have to blow with more pressure (increase air speed) and make a smaller embouchure to focus the air stream. These embouchure changes are very smooth while you go higher, there is no radical change when you reach the 3rd octave (except for some "hard blowing" notes like F...
by azgoth
Wed Oct 05, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Adult Beginner Requests Help with Embouchure
Replies: 11
Views: 7819

Re: Adult Beginner Requests Help with Embouchure

Your sound will be better each time your practise, it's normal after 4 months not to have a good tone. I see students that play since 3 years and still have and terrible tone. I find tone development quite a magical thing, because when you begin you just success to make bad sounds even if you do you...
by azgoth
Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:07 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: No progress on higher register - is it the flute or is it me
Replies: 7
Views: 5998

Re: No progress on higher register - is it the flute or is i

You may ask your teacher to try your flute !
For the high register, don't roll in the flute, make a frank "T" attack, blow directly with a strong air jet, tighten your lips without crisping...
Do you have a good tone in the middle and low octaves ?
by azgoth
Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Self Learning?
Replies: 34
Views: 25363

Re: Self Learning?

If you are patient and take time to see which key is connected to others (and think a bit), you can adjust your flute yourself with the little screws. It's not really complicated. I had to do that to my Pearl flute because it was not very well factory-adjusted. I still think the pads are a bit disto...
by azgoth
Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Need help about blowing
Replies: 3
Views: 2145

Re: Need help about blowing

4 seconds is very short, try to make a smaller hole with your lips, to add resistance, to reduce the amount of air you use. A lot of beginners waste air because of an unfocused embouchure
by azgoth
Sat Oct 01, 2011 3:03 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: New great flute teacher, having a really difficult time.
Replies: 10
Views: 6580

Re: New great flute teacher, having a really difficult time.

When I started the flute I was self-thaught and I played with economy of air, and I had the bad habit of crispening the lips while playing high notes. Then I took lessons and my teacher adviced to use more air to sound "fuller". It was hard at the beginning but its improved my tone. I think you shou...
by azgoth
Tue Sep 27, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8550

Re: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?

Oh great an answer from a Pearl guy :D :wink: Pearl doesn't make pads, We buy them from Pisoni just as about everyone else does. The impression in the center is from the pad washer being screwed down on the pad to hold it in place. All felt pads will do this. It's a result of installing them.. Inter...
by azgoth
Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:52 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8550

Re: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?

I think it's a pad skin that buzzes when it's not pushed with enough strenght against the hole... I noticed every pad of my flute have a loosy skin. Maybe Pearl are not good at making pads... (my flute is only 6 months old :o ) I would like to know, with your flute, can you have a good sound (perfec...
by azgoth
Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:43 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8550

Re: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?

Thank you for your answers ! Finally after adjusting a screw I managed to stop the buzzing noise (it makes noise only if I press the key very lightly), so I will not replace any pad until it's not too annoying. The strange thing is the pads I bought are flat (all pad I've seen for sale are flat..) b...
by azgoth
Sat Sep 24, 2011 4:27 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?
Replies: 9
Views: 8550

How to change pads on an open-holed flute ?

Hello I've bought some flute pads to replace buzzing pads on my flute. I have no problem with closed keys (I just have to remove the screw), but for the open keys there is no screw. I think it's a round piece of metal that retains the pad, but I think I cannot take it off without destroying the old ...