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by FluteMonkey
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Smooth 16th notes
Replies: 3
Views: 4416

Re: Smooth 16th notes

Have you learned how to double tongue yet? Double tonguing is a technique where you alternate between the front and back of your tongue using a ta-ka-ta-ka style rather than ta-ta-ta-ta style. It takes some effort to master but it's an essential technique that will make rapid passages much more mana...
by FluteMonkey
Mon May 21, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: $10,000 flute for Junior in High School?
Replies: 7
Views: 6873

Re: $10,000 flute for Junior in High School?

A high end professional flute is inappropriate for a junior high student. Unless she is a phenomenal protege, she will not be able to appreciate the difference between a pro flute and a good intermediate flute. Consider that she would be hauling a $10,000 instrument around in her back-pack, on the s...
by FluteMonkey
Fri May 04, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Buying a used Yamaha
Replies: 8
Views: 10879

Re: Buying a used Yamaha

Yamaha makes excellent flutes and $150 is a bargain price. You may have to sink some money into new pads and a tune-up, but you'll still be coming out ahead. That is, assuming there are no serious issues with the flute. I'd suggest you have the flute checked out by a reputable repair person for a re...
by FluteMonkey
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Having trouble deciding wich flute to get.
Replies: 4
Views: 4912

Re: Having trouble deciding wich flute to get.

All of the flutes that you mention are great instruments. You'd do well with any of them. However, a flute is a very personal piece of equipment. We have different bodies, different playing styles and different preferences. The only way to find the the perfect flute for you is to try whatever is ava...
by FluteMonkey
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: decission
Replies: 2
Views: 3465

Re: decission

It sounds like you're looking at an intermediate flute for your daughter. If she is at an intermediate level then she has enough experience to try out some of these flutes and participate in the decision. I'd suggest that you take her to a flute dealer that has the models in stock and have her give ...
by FluteMonkey
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Learning the two Mozart concertos
Replies: 3
Views: 2654

Re: Learning the two Mozart concertos

I agree with cflutist, mastering Mozart is a long term task. The technique is relatively easy, but Mozart's music is all about style and nuance. That's much harder to capture.
by FluteMonkey
Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:25 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: what to buy
Replies: 3
Views: 2680

Re: what to buy

I'd strongly suggest you engage the help of a flute teacher or accomplished adult flute player to help your daughter select a flute. If your daughter doesn't currently take private lessons, consider find a good teacher at least for the short term to assess her needs and guide you both through the pr...
by FluteMonkey
Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Trouble playing in cold climates.
Replies: 2
Views: 4132

Re: Trouble playing in cold climates.

I live in Minneapolis so I can sympathize with your problem. Not only are our winters cold, they're dry as well. You can't control your environment, but there are a few things you can do to control your flute and yourself. Try to minimize the time your flute spends in a cold environment. Don't let i...
by FluteMonkey
Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:13 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: please HELP :(
Replies: 29
Views: 9266

Re: please HELP :(

A Trevor James is a good brand of flute and it sounds like you bought this one for a bargain basement price. As long as the flute is structurally sound, then there is no reason that a qualified repair person can't bring it up to playing condition. Even with an 80 euro repair bill, if the repair tech...
by FluteMonkey
Fri Mar 30, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Self-teaching curriculum/ Introduction
Replies: 1
Views: 2494

Re: Self-teaching curriculum/ Introduction

Hi Mesangmom, You might want to check out Jennifer Cluff's website, www.jennifercluff.com. Jennifer is a professional flutist and teacher and has many articles on her sight that may be of help. She's well respected within the flute community. I'd also suggest that you find a teacher in your area and...
by FluteMonkey
Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing
Replies: 8
Views: 4886

Re: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing

Thanks for clarifying. I had not seen the spam. :D
by FluteMonkey
Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing
Replies: 8
Views: 4886

Re: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing

Sorry Maryquinn13, no offense intended.

Lisa
by FluteMonkey
Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing
Replies: 8
Views: 4886

Re: Need Help, 2 physical problems while playing

These are two problems that nearly every flute player has struggled with at some point. A black chin is caused by the pH of your skin reacting with the silver content of the lip plate. The pH of your skin may vary from day to day resulting in some days being worse than others, but you're kind of stu...
by FluteMonkey
Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:50 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Silver head joint or new open hole flute?
Replies: 3
Views: 1867

Re: Silver head joint or new open hole flute?

The open holes themselves make littler or no difference in the quality of a flute. However, open holes have become the standard for anything beyond a student model flute. So in a sense you could say that closed holes are an indicator of a student model flute. Still, Altus makes very fine flutes. If ...
by FluteMonkey
Thu Mar 15, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: wood piccolos with silver headjoint
Replies: 1
Views: 1036

Re: wood piccolos with silver headjoint

Hi Matt, I'm an experienced amateur as well and play a Yamaha YPC-80 which is an older version of and nearly identical to the YPC-81. It has very nice projection without being shrill. My stand partner in band plays a silver Powell piccolo. It's a very nice instrument but the tone is definitely on th...