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by zummerzet_lou
Mon Jul 13, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: newcomer
Replies: 3
Views: 766

Re: newcomer

Hi and welcome

I started off with a Buffet flute, and it served me well until about grade 6 when I decided to upgrade.

My daughter wants to learn, and I've just bought her a buffet flute (secondhand), and it blows nicely - great little student flutes.

Let us know how you get on!!
by zummerzet_lou
Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:04 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Should I buy Yamaha FYL-221 on ebay?
Replies: 2
Views: 832

Re: Should I buy Yamaha FYL-221 on ebay?

Personally, I'd give it a miss ... there's nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on something that turns out to be junk (I've been bitten with a Saxophone, which in hindsight was too good to be true - ended up being an ornament as it was impossible to play as was junk). You'd be better ...
by zummerzet_lou
Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Traveling with a flute?
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Traveling with a flute?

Only you can make that choice ... When I go away, it's been to stay with relatives so I wasn't too concerned about theft (and when travelling the flute was with me) of course, there's always something like this: http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/winds/recorders/yrf-21/ No issues wit...
by zummerzet_lou
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Newby here with fingering question
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

Re: Newby here with fingering question

I also have a B foot flute, but the fingering for middle D is the same as with a C foot. Could you have a leaky pad? http://www.flutetunes.com/fingerings/basic-fingerings.php If it was me, I'd do a few long, slow chromatic scales and try and determine if it's just D, or of there are any other "airy"...
by zummerzet_lou
Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Stop flute moving
Replies: 1
Views: 1022

Re: Stop flute moving

This is quite a common problem and one I've experienced myself. I find make-up makes things worse, as if it's hot, this makes my skin greasier and the flute just slides even more. Some people have had success with postage stamps, or you can buy special gummed paper that is shaped for the lip-plate ....
by zummerzet_lou
Sun Jun 07, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Secondhand Miyazawa or new flute?
Replies: 1
Views: 746

Re: Secondhand Miyazawa or new flute?

Firstly congrats on getting back your flute-playing mojo!! Secondhand will always get you more flute for your money ... but it sometimes means you can't try multiple ones at the same time to find "the one". I've never heard the 3 year rule - if it's been well maintained and serviced (and well made t...
by zummerzet_lou
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:57 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Traveling with a flute?
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Traveling with a flute?

I have 3 flutes ... 2 I wouldn't take on your trip (one has a wooden headjoint, and the other is silver and I'd never forgive myself if it got damaged), but I would take the 3rd which is my old student flute, which I couldn't bring myself to get rid of. So, depends on what your flute is? Is it woode...
by zummerzet_lou
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:32 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Fluterscooter
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Re: Fluterscooter

ps. Now I'm curious ... what do people use to transport flute, music stand and sheet music? (Flute case above got put in cupboard as couldn't carry ALL in it), but now I have a bag that can hold flute (ish - it sits diagonally and pokes out the top), and my music but have to carry stand separately.
by zummerzet_lou
Mon Jun 01, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Fluterscooter
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Re: Fluterscooter

Doh - now I'm fancying a flute bag although I really don't *NEED* one LOL BTW, I have this one - which fits flute, piccolo, accessories, stands ... and even after 15 years is still as good as new! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BRAND-NEW-GIG-FLUTE-PICCOLO-BOX-BAG-CARRY-CASE-GIG-BAG-INSTRUMENT-PROTECTION-...
by zummerzet_lou
Mon May 11, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: Flute Repertoire
Topic: Flute repertoire
Replies: 7
Views: 10194

Re: Flute repertoire

Do a search for flute repertoire and you'll get loads of hits.

A couple that spring to mind are
Blavet (I've had a go at "La Lumagne" and it's a lovely piece)
Louillet (he's written a few pieces for flute)
by zummerzet_lou
Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Whatwould you choose between these two flutes ?
Replies: 2
Views: 834

Re: Whatwould you choose between these two flutes ?

Play them both ... spend time in each octave and get a feel for how the flute "speaks" for you - particularly the higher and lower notes. Play through your recent studies/pieces and see how the flute responds for you. More importantly - take your time. There will be other flutes if these don't suit ...
by zummerzet_lou
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:49 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Can't play b sharp
Replies: 6
Views: 2303

Re: Can't play b sharp

Do you mean B# or Bb? From your description of fingers, I suggest you mean Bb (Bflat), as B# is the same as C? Also, Can you confirm which octave? I'll assume you are talking either 1st, or 2nd octave. There are 2 fingers for Bb ... -The first uses the Thumb Bb key, First finger left hand, and 4th f...
by zummerzet_lou
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:01 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Help picking a first flute
Replies: 3
Views: 1456

Re: Help picking a first flute

All of those flutes will take you on your journey into flute playing equally well, and should last if you take care of them. I still have a Yamaha 211, but I've now teamed it with a wooden headjoint and it's served me well for years. Split E mechanism is a help for the higher register, and I've alwa...
by zummerzet_lou
Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?
Replies: 2
Views: 2441

Re: Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?

This is just technique ... The more focused your air stream is, the fuller richer sound you will get. If your airstream is not focused, then the flute will sound thin and airy as less air is actually getting into the headjoint. Put the headjoint down, raise a palm in front of your face and blow on i...
by zummerzet_lou
Sun Jul 20, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Solid Silver Flutes
Replies: 5
Views: 1266

Re: Solid Silver Flutes

Have you played the gemeinhardt?

As there is no much variation between different headjoints, you may find a silver-plate headjoint with a certain cut/alloy suit you more than a different all-silver headjoint.

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