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by auletes83
Thu Sep 22, 2005 7:20 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Recommend Good Flute Instruction Book...
Replies: 36
Views: 30362

BrightFlute-- I also have Baker's book and I love it: it's just called "Daily Exercises for the Flute." I highly recommend it, although, like most exercise books, it does get rather tedious. I think that's rather unavoidable, though, if you seriously want to improve your technique and tone. Wouldn't...
by auletes83
Wed Aug 17, 2005 8:02 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: What's the hardest note to learn?
Replies: 30
Views: 25278

I've also had lots of trouble playing the second octave E and F-sharp. A great exercise to improve your skills on these notes is found in Trevor Wye's practice book 1 (Tone), on pages 22-23. You should also try the exercises that use these notes as their starting points in "Attack and slurring of no...
by auletes83
Fri Aug 12, 2005 4:20 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Problem with holding long notes.
Replies: 7
Views: 7662

Expanding lung capacity is done by doing two things: cardiovascular activity and practicing long tones. Do any form of cardio on a regular basis, ie running, jumping rope, step aerobics, etc... Also, practice long tones with a metronome through the WHOLE range of the flute every day. Set the metrono...
by auletes83
Mon Aug 08, 2005 11:51 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What do you prefer?
Replies: 12
Views: 9585

Of the brands you listed, I've had the most success with Yamaha, although if money were no object I'd buy a Brannen. I prefer silver head and body, and open holes, since that combo gives me the best tone quality. I've never had engravings but I don't object to them: apparently for some people they'r...
by auletes83
Sun Aug 07, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Music selection
Replies: 9
Views: 7137

MeLizzard-- I realized that in my previous message I came off rather severely, and I apologize: it was not at all my intention to downplay your credibility as a teacher, or to imply that you're a liar. It's just that, while I agree that an audtion should be more than a tecnique contest, I really hat...
by auletes83
Fri Aug 05, 2005 9:05 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Music selection
Replies: 9
Views: 7137

Audition committees don't like being lied to, and they'll be able to tell your level of technique no matter how difficult the piece in question is. They say they want one that displays both technique and musical ability, so give them what they want. Any of the French ~concours~ pieces from the Paris...
by auletes83
Thu Jul 28, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Gizmo Key (B Foot Joint)
Replies: 4
Views: 6090

I use the gizmo when I practice long tones, because it does improve tone quality and decrease resistance on the note, allowing you to hold it longer. However, I'm not sure how much it's worth in performance, since I have yet to encounter passage work in which moving the pinky over to the gizmo is pr...
by auletes83
Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:36 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Alternate B-flat thumb fingering
Replies: 17
Views: 16011

My teacher (who studied with Bonnie Boyd and Walfrid Kujala) says that you should use the Bb thumb key whenever possible, since it's the truest fingering: no holes covered that really shouldn't be. If you can't use that use the Bb side lever, and if you can't use either of those, then use the "long"...
by auletes83
Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:29 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Playing Flute out of side of mouth.
Replies: 9
Views: 8728

Sujiku: I've never seen Galway play, but I know that both Rampal and Jeffrey Khaner play with an offset embouchure. One of my former teachers, a prominent freelancer in Chicago, also does. What you should be most worried about is the sound itself: as long as it's a good tone, it doesn't matter how y...
by auletes83
Mon Jul 25, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Musical High Schools
Replies: 1
Views: 2964

Music schools of Juilliard's caliber care about very little other than your ability; if you've studied for long enough, and you're totally prepared at your audition, the panel won't care what high school you've gone to. Besides, if you audition early (which you probably should), transferring schools...
by auletes83
Thu Jul 14, 2005 1:58 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Wimberly professional flutes
Replies: 4
Views: 4612

That's really interesting that your daughter's teacher said to stay away from yamaha due to mechanical problems: I've had mine for three years of college (I'm a music major) and it has never let me down. Jeffrey Khaner and Julius Baker both play(ed) yamahas, and from what I've heard, they both loved...
by auletes83
Tue Jul 12, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: How to improve / practise when not with flute
Replies: 4
Views: 5374

Re: How to improve / practise when not with flute

Hi, Vitour. No matter where you are, you can practice good breathing techinique, which is one of the most important aspects of proper flute playing. Yoga instructors and teachers of the Alexander Technique call it belly breathing. It's breathing from your gut and breathing without allowing tension t...
by auletes83
Tue Jul 05, 2005 7:54 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Yamaha YFL-674H
Replies: 3
Views: 5308

I own the Yamaha 684 and I just love it. Since I'm a man, and thus have longer fingers than most women, I prefer the 684's inline G. In addition, I've always been rather sceptical of the split E mechanism. Maybe this is sanctimonious of me, but I believe there's really no better way to obtain a soli...
by auletes83
Tue Jul 05, 2005 10:01 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Sight Reading
Replies: 6
Views: 4809

Jeffrey Khaner on sightreading, courtesy of iflute.com: Etudes are the best way of developing sightreading skills, but they must be done with great discipline. Select a minimum of an etude a week (preferably 3 or 4) and make sure to learn it completely (all the correct notes and dynamics, up to temp...
by auletes83
Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:30 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Martinu's First Sonata-- help please
Replies: 3
Views: 4075

Hi, Caroline. I've played the Martinu sonata and I assure you that there is a great deal of room for ebb and flow in the first movement. In addition, your instincts are right about the ending: momentum, and thus speed, are supposed to build up. A really good recording of this is with Mathieu Dufour,...