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by virginiak
Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:06 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Soporific?
Replies: 8
Views: 2299

Re: Soporific?

I took a lesson recently with a fabulous teacher in the area, who also happens to be a good friend of mine. She has this lovely dog, very friendly, but as soon as I would start playing, he would howl. It was a little disconcerting, everyone's a critic! Ha. My teacher/friend just laughed and said tha...
by virginiak
Thu Sep 02, 2010 8:54 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: A lot of embrochure frustration
Replies: 10
Views: 8607

I am sorry that the teacher you found didn't click for you. You might have to search and try out a few people before you find someone you can work well with. Many teachers will offer a trial lesson for free to see if you're a student-teacher match.
by virginiak
Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Fingering headache on a 8-year old student
Replies: 5
Views: 3436

Perhaps applying some "mole skin" or felt (Dr. Scholl's makes some, it's cheap and can be replaced periodically if it gets dirty and it doesn't harm the instrument) where the flute rests near at the knuckle joint of the left hand would free up his thumb to move and not bear the weight of the instrum...
by virginiak
Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: A lot of embrochure frustration
Replies: 10
Views: 8607

I just wanted to say I feel your pain about the embouchure inconsistencies and occasionally struggles. In the past year I've gone through some major embouchure transformations after finding a permanent teacher. (I am an adult amateur... I majored in music in college 15+ years ago, but had a bad expe...
by virginiak
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:34 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Graduate student struggling with embouchure
Replies: 7
Views: 8984

You might want to sample a few respected teachers in your area. One of them might say something that makes it simply CLICK for you. In fact, the teacher I study with regularly here (I'm an adult amateur, although I do some paid gigs with professionals every now and then) advises me often to do a les...
by virginiak
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Marching Band fundraising ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 6719

An adult community group I'm involved with now runs a silent auction each year as part of one of its recurring events. The band could run the auction before a concert and during intermission (if there is one). Donations are secured from local businesses. The auction is so popular it actually brings ...
by virginiak
Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:35 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Need encouragement - I'm back at square one as an adult
Replies: 10
Views: 5646

I'd like to add a post script to the story. A few months back, my teacher recommended that I investigate different headjoints. I play(ed) a Brannen silver flute with a Brannen modern cut head. I tried out a pile of headjoints, and settled on a Williams combined with the Brannen flute, and it was lik...
by virginiak
Sat Aug 21, 2010 8:25 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Piccolo headjoints - do they make a difference?
Replies: 3
Views: 2442

Thanks Zevang! I will check them out.
by virginiak
Sun Aug 15, 2010 12:11 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Marching Band fundraising ideas
Replies: 17
Views: 6719

I know you said no food, but our band booster club ran a citrus sale each winter. It was very popular, and people would order oranges and/or grapefruits by the case, and we raised a lot of money that way. This might have a different food feel than a bake sale or candy bar sale that the other groups ...
by virginiak
Sat Aug 14, 2010 11:40 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Piccolo headjoints - do they make a difference?
Replies: 3
Views: 2442

Piccolo headjoints - do they make a difference?

I am sure that the answer to this question is "well of course!" But naturally, I'm looking for any additional specifics or pearls of wisdom that can be thrown out on this forum. I currently play on a Burkart handmade model with a Clarion cut headjoint. It has a lovely, rather bright sound. Funny eno...
by virginiak
Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Memorizing Music
Replies: 6
Views: 2911

Actually, practicing without your instrument can be just as effective as practicing with your instrument! Athletes do this frequently before an event, something called visualization. Just make sure you visualize yourself playing the pieces perfectly, and then when you pick up the horn, you will play...
by virginiak
Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What's happened?
Replies: 11
Views: 4554

Rhythm was one of the later things to develop for me, also. I had a strong ear as a youngster, and grew to rely on hearing pieces first and then imitating. That wasn't a bad thing over all, because years later, I consider my good ear a huge strength in learning to blend with chamber and orchestral e...
by virginiak
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:54 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Lower register used to be easy - now difficult???
Replies: 8
Views: 5449

Dierdre, you asked about checking to see if the problem is mechanical. You could check to see if you have leads in the foot joint. This might sound a little awkward, but it's easier to actually do than to write out how to do it! 1. Wipe off the tenon (connecting part) of the foot joint so that it's ...
by virginiak
Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Need encouragement - I'm back at square one as an adult
Replies: 10
Views: 5646

OK, it's been some weeks, and I wanted to give an update for anyone else who might be going through a similar exercise. The hard work DOES pay off. At my last orchestra rehearsal, our principal bassoon pulled me aside afterward and remarked about how big my sound was (and we've played together for s...
by virginiak
Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Need encouragement - I'm back at square one as an adult
Replies: 10
Views: 5646

Wow, thank you all so much for the shots in the arm! I am keeping at it. The funny thing is that during my long tone work, my progress is very slow. I'd say I've got B, B-flat and A sounding rich. From there, it's a roll of the dice. *laugh* But later in my practice sessions, when I'm working on my ...