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by pied_piper
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Baroque flute embouchure vs boehm system embouchure
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Baroque flute embouchure vs boehm system embouchure

(geez,that blowhole is awfully small!). You could probably get a flute tech with embouchure cutting experience to enlarge it, but then that could alter the sound so that it becomes uncharacteristic of a baroque flute. So, your best bet is probably to grit your teeth (figuratively ) and just practic...
by pied_piper
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Baroque flute embouchure vs boehm system embouchure
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Baroque flute embouchure vs boehm system embouchure

The basic flute embouchure should be essentially the same for any sideblown flute. That said, modern flutes manufactured today generally have greatly improved cuts on the embouchure hole. The modern cuts to which we are accustomed may require some embouchure adjustments to get the best possible soun...
by pied_piper
Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Picked up my flute after many years and...
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Picked up my flute after many years and...

Great! Glad I could help!
by pied_piper
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Picked up my flute after many years and...
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Picked up my flute after many years and...

I don't have time to do it now, but I'll take a photo showing you exactly where the spring is located for that key.
by pied_piper
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Picked up my flute after many years and...
Replies: 5
Views: 1155

Re: Picked up my flute after many years and...

My book says (lh)T1,f1,f2,f3 rh f3 little finger rc but all I get is an F It cannot be the flute surely...it must be something i'm doing wrong Anyone care to help? Your book is indicating the correct fingers. Actually, it certainly CAN be the flute. It's often difficult to diagnose problems remotel...
by pied_piper
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: When to switch to alternate middle C
Replies: 1
Views: 109

Re: When to switch to alternate middle C

Welcome to Fluteland! At three months, you should continue to concentrate on the standard fingerings for all notes. Alternate fingerings can be useful, but it is far too early in your flute playing to use alternate fingerings. At this point, the idea is that you should be repetitively using the stan...
by pied_piper
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:41 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: C foot joint Vs B foot joint
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: C foot joint Vs B foot joint

A B foot is rarely needed. In 40+ years, I've seen less than 10 pieces of music with a low B. It really does not affect the response of the flute, so on that front it really is a "don't care" consideration. The only downside is that some players don't like the extra weight that it adds to the end of...
by pied_piper
Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: What is your preferred professional flute brand?
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: What is your preferred professional flute brand?

Well, there are as many opinions as there are flutists. :D Also, you need to consider your budget. There are many handmade pro level flutes and prices start at several thousand dollars. Top of the line handmade, sterling silver flutes start near $10,000 and go up from there. I personally play a Mura...
by pied_piper
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:15 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: lower B key on my flute
Replies: 3
Views: 113

Re: lower B key on my flute

Yes, we can help. First, you cannot play a low B on a flute that only has a C footjoint. You generally cannot buy just a footjoint; you must buy a flute that is equipped with a B footjoint. If you are a beginner, don't worry about trying to play a low B right now. Actually, beginners should not worr...
by pied_piper
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Piccolos under $500?
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Piccolos under $500?

If you check around, you may be able to find a used Gemeinhardt 4P piccolo in that price range. It has a plastic body and headjoint but it is a respectable, reliable piccolo in that price range. Also, you might find a used Yamaha YPC-32 around that price. It has a plastic body and metal headjoint. W...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Flute glissando in the low register
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Flute glissando in the low register

B to C# on the staff would be better. If you have a really proficient flutist, they should be able to "approximate" a gliss between those notes, but it will not be really smooth because those are not open holes either. It really depends upon the tempo. A slower tempo will allow the flutist to play B...
by pied_piper
Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Flute glissando in the low register
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: Flute glissando in the low register

What you ask is nearly impossible and really not practical on the flute. It's possible to bend the pitch on those low notes, but a half-step is about the limit for most players. The lowest pitches on the flute have closed holes and all of them are operated by the right pinky finger. This means that ...
by pied_piper
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Help identifying Artley flute model and value.
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: Help identifying Artley flute model and value.

New members are not initially allowed to post photos. After you have several moderator approved posts, that restriction is automatically lifted. In the meanwhile, take a look at this thread: http://www.fluteland.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=3993 It has a number of photos showing various Artley flut...
by pied_piper
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Tonguing Quarter Notes - No slur or Accent
Replies: 4
Views: 2768

Re: Tonguing Quarter Notes - No slur or Accent

Basically, I agree with your assessment of interpreting the music. The performer should always strive to play the music as written unless the music director instructs a different interpretation. In ensemble playing with any group, it is important to follow the section leader and the director. The in...
by pied_piper
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:56 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Di Zhao flute and piccolo issues and review
Replies: 1
Views: 2374

Re: Di Zhao flute and piccolo issues and review

I'm sorry to hear of the problems your students have been having with the Di Zhao flutes and piccs. As you noted, Di Zhao has developed a reputation for selling reasonably well-made instruments. However, some techs have noted that the plating of instruments made in China does not seem to hold up qui...

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