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by Jaded
Mon Oct 27, 2008 6:36 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: How many play simple-system instruments?
Replies: 19
Views: 10230

Simple System Flutes

I built the new high D flute tonight, decided the fingering was uncomfortable, and built a second one that is a clear improvement. Its a two piece flute, 13.5" long (assembled), and needs some tuning, but it plays through the B note above the top line of the treble clef staff (at least with my limit...
by Jaded
Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:46 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: How many play simple-system instruments?
Replies: 19
Views: 10230

Simple Flute

The cost of a good quality Boehm flute is high relative to the type of simple system flute I had in mind, either made by Mr. Doug Tipple, or created in one's garage with some PVC pipe and the cork from a bottle of wine. I'll probably make a high D flute sometime this week, if I remember to swing by ...
by Jaded
Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Please Help Me Find a Headjoint... Please.
Replies: 15
Views: 11555

Low Whistle/Flute

Try a low G whistle if you've got shorter, stubbier fingers. I can manage a low D whistle, but it takes some practice to learn not to overblow and focus on finger placement with a low whistle. I am inclined to believe you need lessons more than an odd flute configuration. I don't know how Boehm flut...
by Jaded
Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Please Help Me Find a Headjoint... Please.
Replies: 15
Views: 11555

Low D Flute

Here is a web page at Amazon FULL of low D whistles. They're a great instrument. Most relaxing. No embouchure issues. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=low+whistle . I'd recommend the $9.00 (new) low D cane whistle. That's the type I own. It's a fine whistle,...
by Jaded
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:26 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: How many play simple-system instruments?
Replies: 19
Views: 10230

Keeping it simple

The simple system flute has a great deal of appeal. It can be purchased very cheaply, requires no maintenance of pads or springs, and can be played in a variety of styles. (It's also a lot less intimidating than the Boehm system flute!)
by Jaded
Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:54 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Please Help Me Find a Headjoint... Please.
Replies: 15
Views: 11555

A Peculiar Objective

Please consider the ergonomics of playing a Boehm system flute held in front of you and pointing downward. If you have the flute in your picture, try fingering notes of a scale in that vertical position. The development of an embouchure won't happen overnight. Even if you do get a sound from a flute...
by Jaded
Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Doug Tipple (simple system flute maker) with new embouchure!
Replies: 3
Views: 4014

Doug Tipple's Flutes

Mine sounds warm and wooden (low D). I think Mr. Tipple's flutes are quite unique. He's certainly pushing the evolution of the simple system flute to a new level! I look forward to seeing what people say about his new embouchure. I suspect he may perfect it to the point of being able to deal with in...
by Jaded
Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Doug Tipple (simple system flute maker) with new embouchure!
Replies: 3
Views: 4014

Doug Tipple (simple system flute maker) with new embouchure!

I just got word from Mr. Doug Tipple (dougsflutes@gmail.com) that he is moving to a new embouchure design: "I haven't mentioned this yet at my website. My newest embouchure design is a larger oval shape. It is more time-consuming to cut by hand, but it makes for a more powerful flute. I think that i...
by Jaded
Wed Jan 30, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Native American Cedar Flute
Replies: 0
Views: 1681

Native American Cedar Flute

I received a cedar, all wood, hand carved, Native American flute yesterday. :D I immediately did what I typically do with flutes, and attempted to play something traditional and Irish. I found that this flute is better suited to meditative pieces. 8) I made up a little tune last night (after practic...
by Jaded
Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:52 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: New here...looking for sheet music
Replies: 3
Views: 2784

Music

www.whistlethis.com (short Irish pieces with MP3 files to show you how they're played). Google "O'Carolan". There's a guy on E-bay selling downloadable sheet music books inexpensively for many different instruments. I think he had a "buy 2 get one free special", but I'm not sure. They're all electro...
by Jaded
Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:13 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: The Curious Melody Flute
Replies: 0
Views: 2241

The Curious Melody Flute

I recently acquired a "Melody" brand (primitive) transverse flute made in Maryland. It was used, and after a trip through the dishwasher (without drying cycle), I gave it a try. This flute is constructed like a tin whistle turned on its side, with a "cheater" welded to the side to direct air flow to...
by Jaded
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:55 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Using a Metronome
Replies: 23
Views: 13052

More than you know...

The slow metronome setting (actually, bluegrass style rhythm section on my keyboard (style 90 on an el cheapo Yamaha) providing a "whump- chhh-whump- chhhh" effect) is doing more than just improving my timing. Its permitting me to pay more attention to reading the sheet music, because the slow BPM s...
by Jaded
Thu Dec 06, 2007 12:55 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Using a Metronome
Replies: 23
Views: 13052

Doh!

Here I am, telling myself that I should forget about 4/4 and 3/4 time and think only in 8/8 and 6/8 time to make it easier to keep time, and I miss the obvious extension of that thinking to a metronome. (I'd substituted counting in my head for foot tapping, because my lower leg would get tired after...
by Jaded
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:40 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: PVC Flutes
Replies: 15
Views: 11523

Don't practice and improve??

I just put the PVC flute (and all others) down for a few days due to the imminent demise of a certain feline. Now I pick it back up, and somehow seem to be able to play with lower volume and more control. Odd. Did I just have to forget some of my beginner mistakes, or is it just a matter of not tryi...
by Jaded
Thu Dec 06, 2007 7:36 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: The Sound of Exotic Instruments
Replies: 3
Views: 3208

Tradition

Yeah, no problem. Just play it like a D major scale whistle, and it will work out fine regardless of the Dizi traditional scale or the western scale. (Either that, or I'm tone deaf...)