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by vandoren
Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Cirqular Breathing...
Replies: 13
Views: 10119

A well known exponent (in Europe) of circular breathing is the virtuoso flautist Sharon Bezaly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Bezaly
by vandoren
Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:51 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Who buys "SUPER-expensive" flutes?
Replies: 16
Views: 17021

On top of those prices, you also have to take into account that you are also paying for the wasted [and unusable excess] materials. When a key is made, it is usually cast [meaning heated into a liquid, then poured into a mold] [example: Pearl, Brannen... etc. etc.]. Then, the craftsman will go in w...
by vandoren
Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:57 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: practise, practise, practise...
Replies: 14
Views: 8634

I agree with the recommendation of De La Sonorite, and would add two more Moyse gems: 24 Petites Etudes Melodiques (24 small melodic exercises) and Tone Development Through Interpretation. The latter is especially wonderful for those moments when you just want to play something beautiful, but which...
by vandoren
Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:04 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Anyone bought a used flute online via ebay?
Replies: 6
Views: 4230

Re: Anyone bought a used flute online via ebay?

Thinking about it - have been advised against it. Flute will cost me half the price of a new one ($4000 vs $9500). Everyone I know tells me not to do it. Husband looking at $$$ and thinks I should go for it. Seller is a flute store o/s selling the instrument on consignment. Tells me it's 5 years ol...
by vandoren
Wed Nov 21, 2007 8:02 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Do I really need a professional flute???
Replies: 5
Views: 3980

Re: Do I really need a professional flute???

joolz wrote:would I be just as happy with a lower priced Altus?

Joolz
Don't buy anything until you have worked this out for yourself !!
by vandoren
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:13 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: my middle notes sound too airy
Replies: 2
Views: 2612

If by middle you mean D2 -> F2 then it could be that you are tending your embouchure to the lower register. I find these notes the most difficult to foster a good tone especially E2. If I mouth them more towards G2 then I find a better tone. Good luck :lol:
by vandoren
Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:07 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Low C - takes time to ramp up - me or flute?
Replies: 11
Views: 5802

Hi! Another minor update, it is most probably not the flute - last night I was experimenting with different embouchures, I tried covering a bit more of the bottom lip and I was able to blow a very different, strong and immediate low C, as well as the other low notes. The entire range also sounded q...
by vandoren
Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:28 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Low C - takes time to ramp up - me or flute?
Replies: 11
Views: 5802

Well, there are a couple of possibilities, but we can't give a definitive diagnosis of the problem since we can't observe your playing or examine the flute. What type of flute do you have? If it's an instrument from a reputable maker, assuming there's something wrong with the instrument rather than...
by vandoren
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Yamaha flutes
Replies: 16
Views: 15171

Re: Yamaha flutes

i heard the yamaha 200/300 series are made in Indonesia and not worth buying. is this true? This is one of these broad rubbish statements and is an insult to both Yamaha and Indonesia. Yamaha, like very many Japanese manufacturers, has superb Quality Control ethics and can deliver quality work from...
by vandoren
Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:55 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: thumb pain
Replies: 18
Views: 12522

bfloyd wrote:Thanks for the links. The thumb rest I seen is here at the bottom of the page:
http://www.flute4u.com/flute_accessories.html

Is the rest you linked the same type of design or different?
Different
by vandoren
Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:21 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: thumb pain
Replies: 18
Views: 12522

Re: thumb pain

I hope that someone has some advice for me on this; I am having pain in my right thumb at the base of the thumb. It doesn't feel like it is at the lower joint (the joint closer to the wrist) but just below that area. I blame this on my 41 year old hands and their lack of agility. Anyway, is there s...
by vandoren
Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:37 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Panic!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 3979

Mahler 1 has some sublime woodwind passages in the first movment (especially) - trilling bird calls etc etc - you had all better be good :wink:

GOOD LUCK and BEST WISHES

PS - Try to hear the Bernstein Concertgebouw recording.

IanR
by vandoren
Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:37 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: practincing
Replies: 7
Views: 7306

:wink:
by vandoren
Wed Aug 08, 2007 1:40 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: practincing
Replies: 7
Views: 7306

Give the Ibert Concerto a go !
by vandoren
Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:18 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Embouchure -starting to get there
Replies: 14
Views: 8176

Thanks Ian. I'm not sure I understand the note sequences. Why does it go from say D1, D2, then to A2 then to D3 then F#3. Are those just the notes you get if you overblow using the D1 fingering? I can manage D1 and D2 (or whichever note I start on) quite easily, but after that nothing happens unles...