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by ick27
Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: expanding lung capacity & "stealing" air
Replies: 3
Views: 3341

Very often this is more a matter of air efficiency than lung capacity. More efficient use of your air means that you are creatining more sound with less air (this usually goes hand in hand with improvements in tone quality as well). To practice improving this, I would suggest holding notes for a fai...
by ick27
Mon Feb 23, 2009 4:19 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Dutilleux Sonatine
Replies: 4
Views: 1856

One of the best things is to practice high C's, C#'s, D's, D#'s, E's, etc. After working on the fourth octave, lower "high notes" are easier to play and feel more controlable.
by ick27
Wed Sep 24, 2008 4:18 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Trying to avoid toxic contact cement
Replies: 9
Views: 3494

Which chemicals do you have reactions to?
by ick27
Sun Sep 21, 2008 6:53 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Is it hard to get E3 without split E-mechanism?
Replies: 13
Views: 4974

I don't really think the split E makes high E easier to play really, but it makes it more stable (say, when slurring down from high A). It really isn't a necessary feature, and I personally think the disadvantages outway the advantages. The E facilitator (donut) is a good option, I would recommend t...
by ick27
Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:52 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: The final word on overtones
Replies: 5
Views: 4755

Indeed, many physical factors affect which overtones are produced. This is a good example of what makes flute playing so challenging. The flute is not entirely understood scientifically and flute makers still rely on experience and play testing to make good instruments (not to the complete exclusion...
by ick27
Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:37 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: flute left in car
Replies: 2
Views: 2127

The most dangerous thing about leaving flutes in cars is probably the greater potential for them to be stolen..
by ick27
Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:36 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Why won't my high B natural come out?!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1955

Some piccolos really don't have a high B for whatever reason. You can try moving the headjoint cork in a little bit towards the embouchure hole--this will certainly help if it's currently out too far. If you don't like the change, you can always move it back. Do measure it against your swab stick fi...
by ick27
Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:47 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Music Every Flute Player SHould Have
Replies: 7
Views: 4931

That sounds like a good question for your new professor. I'm sure he or she would be delighted that you are taking the initiative to start learning some pieces on your own. Most teachers do have of certain pieces they want every student to learn sometime during their course of study.
by ick27
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:34 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Mustache?
Replies: 4
Views: 3321

I suppose if it was REALLY bushy it could be a problem, but there are plenty of flute players with some sort of beard or mustache.
by ick27
Mon Jun 23, 2008 5:17 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Need tuning mark measurement
Replies: 16
Views: 6631

The standard measurement is around 17.3 - 17.5 mm from the cork plate to the center of the embouchure hole. This applies to all brands.
by ick27
Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:53 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Is the "Boston style" of the Powell headjoint an o
Replies: 2
Views: 2979

Powell no longer makes the Boston cut, just the other three. The Venti cut is the newest I think, but it certainly isn't a replacement for the Boston (the Venti style has quite a high riser which plays very loud but with less flexibility). fluttiegurl is right--it's all about marketing. I think they...
by ick27
Tue Jun 03, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Three kinds of powell headjoint, which one do you prefer??
Replies: 8
Views: 6358

They make headjoints out of a lot more metals than that. I think you can get tubes out of silver, Aurumite 9K, Aurumite 14K, 10K gold, 14K gold, 19.5 gold, or platinum. You can get risers out of everything but Aurumite I think, and same with the lip plates. (I believe Aurumite 9K has the gold on the...
by ick27
Wed Jan 30, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: "Gr" Flute?
Replies: 3
Views: 2748

Usually this means "grosse Flote", which means "big flute" in German. This refers to the standard C flute, as opposed to the "kleine Flote" (the piccolo). If you see Kl. Flote or something like that, it refers to piccolo.[/code]
by ick27
Sat Jan 19, 2008 9:47 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Will a More Expensive Flute Make a Sweeter Sound?
Replies: 5
Views: 2970

This is not a bad question actually--the sound of some instruments does depend more on the instrument. The sound of pianos and other keyboards depends almost entirely on the instrument itself and the quality of string instruments has a large effect on the sound. As a beginning flutist however, you w...
by ick27
Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:28 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Who buys "SUPER-expensive" flutes?
Replies: 16
Views: 12539

The most expensive sterling silver flutes generally aren't more than $11,000 right now. If you get the same flute in gold or platinum it will be much more expensive (up to maybe $40,000). I'm not entirely sure why they are so much more expensive though--the production time for a gold flute or platin...

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