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by Cass
Sat Jan 06, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Why are alto flutes in the key of G?
Replies: 15
Views: 11072

Instruments in different keys

I think the original reason for pitching instruments in different keys was to keep their notes closer to the five lines of their staff as much as possible without resorting to C-clef. It might have also taken into consideration that many instrumentalists play several different instruments. This way,...
by Cass
Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:12 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Sight Reading: Rhythms and Reading advice needed
Replies: 2
Views: 4281

Scales are important!!!

Phineas was right about the sight-reading technique, but I feel he didn't stress enough the importance of scale exercises. When you practice your scales, don't use the same rhythm every day. One rhythm a week, then switch to another one to work on. The hardest will be the Scottish "kick"--the sixtee...
by Cass
Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:14 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Opening of _Afternoon of a Faun_
Replies: 20
Views: 21813

You should be breathing from your diaphram. I hate to nitpick, but your diaphragm has very little to do with it. Sure, it pulls away from your lungs, but what really does the work are your Abdominal muscles. Think about the Abs instead of the diaphragm and you will see increased capacity and contro...
by Cass
Fri Oct 07, 2005 12:06 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Gemeinhardt
Replies: 32
Views: 31864

Gemeinhardt Forever

I'm a Music Education Major, currently student teaching. I've been playing flute for 12 years (since 6th grade) and I have always used a Gemeinhardt. I have used three different Gem. flutes: 2SP, 3SB, and now I have a 33SB. Maybe I'll get another one in a few years, but the current plan is that this...
by Cass
Fri Oct 07, 2005 7:59 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Piccolos--wood vs. silver vs. plastic
Replies: 8
Views: 8246

Plastic Piccs are fine!

I marched with a Gemeinhardt plastic picc for 4 years in HS and I'm student teaching right now. I would recommend using one of those. I only messed it up once, and that was because I was really stupid and had too many cokes--I got new pads my Senior year of HS and my Junior year of college. It is a ...
by Cass
Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:57 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Alexander Technique
Replies: 9
Views: 6268

Alexander Technique

My voice teacher (I'm instrumental/voice emphasis music ed major) is training with an Alexander Coach to get her certification. She does a lot of stuff in my voice lesson that crosses over to flute and piano. I think it all starts with good posture and lining up your body. Be sure your feet are shou...
by Cass
Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:41 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: flute for college
Replies: 9
Views: 10038

flute for college

I am a 3rd year Music Ed major- I bought my new flute my second year of school. I would recommend that you try out some flutes at the State Music Convention next spring and see what you like, then ask your flute teacher for recommendations. Be sure you play a lot of flutes before you make your choic...
by Cass
Mon Apr 26, 2004 9:33 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Looking for a flute...
Replies: 13
Views: 9615

Looking for a flute...

I am a 3rd year Music Education Major. Last year, I purchased a Gemeinhardt 33SSB. I've played on the school's Yamaha equivalent, but Gemeinhardt has been what I have stuck with for over 8 years of flute playing. I think I got a deal for it through my flute teacher, who happens to own a music store....
by Cass
Mon Jan 19, 2004 5:50 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need to purchase new flute
Replies: 14
Views: 10388

Need to purchase new flute

I would like to thank everyone for their suggestions- keep posting here with ideas for flutes. I ended up with a Gemeinhardt 33SB. The Keys are plated, but everything else is solid silver. I love the tone and the way it fits in my hands. Everything I could dream of! Only thing that seems to be wrong...
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:38 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: my flute turns me black.....
Replies: 16
Views: 16215

my flute turns me black.....

Yes! I have seen people use this- I always wondered why because I don't use make-up and it didn't make sense to me. Thanks for pointing this out- it will help when I'm teaching Band in a few years. :) [quote] ---------------- If you put a piece of medical tape on your lip plate, you won't get "flute...
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Flute Solo Suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 5334

Flute Solo Suggestions

Suite Modale by Bloch is a good choice, too.
Level 5 or so. I have been playing it for a few years now. All the movements are
fun, and the fourth one has reiterations of all the previous themes and would be
a good choice.
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:29 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Mic/Amping a Flute?
Replies: 5
Views: 4816

Mic/Amping a Flute?

A suggestion that I have been toying with is something like an "N-sync" type head piece that boy bands or pop solists use on stage. It would have to have a longer wire between your ear and the mic, but if you hook that under the flute's headjoint ans set it out near the front of the lip plate, it ma...
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:27 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Jaw Pain
Replies: 4
Views: 3993

Jaw Pain

Pain in your jaw? Are you jamming your flute into your chin?
If you are, stop. It should rest comfortably. Do you have a pronounced jaw bone
that makes your chin stick out more than other people?
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:22 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: lets trade!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 4095

lets trade!!!

Ah, me... Copyright... I just attended a clinic session on copyright last weekend. According to the workshop notes, if you are intending to use the music for instructional/academic purposes only and not for performance, you can make one photocopy of the music per student. After that, you must collec...
by Cass
Sat Nov 15, 2003 5:11 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Beginner Flutist Seeking The Right Flute
Replies: 12
Views: 8441

Beginner Flutist Seeking The Right Flute

I would recommend purchasing a used flute for your first flute. Go to a pawn shop with another flutist and check out what they have. Be sure to play it before you buy it- the tone/sound is everything when it comes to buying a flute. If you decide to purchase a new flute, I would recommend going to a...