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by Fox
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:59 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: How Long To Learn With Private Lessons
Replies: 7
Views: 6497

I agree with MissyHPhoenix ... I take a lesson about every month or so. At first it was mostly correcting all my bad habits, but now it's more of tweaking what I'm doing. I also try and practice an hour a day, usually I end up skipping one day a week and another day I usually end up doing only half ...
by Fox
Sun Sep 26, 2010 9:49 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: YOUR opinion on tone production and improvement
Replies: 8
Views: 2729

1. What do you think your tone is like right now? Mine I say is a little airy. 2. What is your ideal tone? What/who are you aiming to sound like? The tone I aim for is deeper and more solid. My lower register is the better of the three. Sometimes (and when my teacher helps) I can adjust just right a...
by Fox
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:49 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

I have that list, thanks. And thanks for the link to the flute music - really interesting :D
by Fox
Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:54 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

This weekend I go for a lesson. One of the questions I'm going to be asking is about the third octave. I'm just starting out on it and need to make sure I'm blowing the air right.

The blowing like you got a fly on your nose is a good idea!
by Fox
Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Another New Flute Teacher
Replies: 2
Views: 1144

Sounds good to me. Maybe take a lesson with the professor to see if you like it or not. If not, how about contacting your old teacher and asking for recommendations? You don't like the Trevor Wye books!?! :shock: How about the Wagner book or the Rubank series? I love the Trevor Wye books and hated t...
by Fox
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:49 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

Wow, I'm going to try that tomorrow. I ALWAYS forget to use the diaphragm when attacking a note. I'm doing exercises for it, but only use my diaphragm when I do those exercises. My usual technique to find my embouchure is mostly by feel. I put the lip plate to my lower lip and adjust it and my lips ...
by Fox
Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:44 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: How much do you practice?
Replies: 8
Views: 6173

I practice an hour a day, but I do take a day off every three or four days. My routine is highly structured:

20 Minutes Long tones
10 Minutes Scales and arpeggios
5 Minutes Technique
5 Minutes Tonguing
10 Minutes Beginner book
10 Minutes New music
by Fox
Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

I'm still working on my embouchure. I generally get a good one, but there is this elusive one that improves my tone exponentially, but I can't seem to figure where it is - I usually just happen on it by accident. Oh and my teacher seems to know where it is. He'll make minor adjustments and BAM I got...
by Fox
Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Do you have a music degree?
Replies: 22
Views: 5361

Good question. I don't have a music degree, but have been considering going to the local community college part-time for music.
by Fox
Thu Sep 09, 2010 3:27 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

Oh wow, that sound really nice. Definitely going to try and play one!

As for the upper register hurting your ears ... my cat leaves the room when I get up to D#!
by Fox
Wed Sep 08, 2010 3:37 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

No I have not gone into the 3rd octave yet. I am up to D# so far, so I got a little bit more to go.

Wow, you sure like the alto flute. I'm going to have to see if I can find one and try it out. I was planning on getting a thick wall C flute. I tend to like the lower bass sounds on flute.
by Fox
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

Oh don't worry - I did the same thing. I started with the omnibus from the beginning. I've slowly learned how to use it with the beginner's book. I'm now doing exercises in each section of the omnibus. I try and keep all the stuff I'm practicing in line with what I'm working on in the beginners book...
by Fox
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

I don't know if "Proper Flute Playing" is the companion or not. My understanding was that the omnibus was supposed to be started after one year of training. When I heard that teacher say to use a dollar bill I was ready to run out of there and not come back. She wanted a commitment but I wouldn't gi...
by Fox
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:14 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

No, I don't have proper flute playing. Doesn't seem like a worthwhile book to get. I got enough to work with from the beginners books and the omnibus. You know, the first teacher I went to wasn't very good either. She is an elementary school teacher and she did the same thing. She gave me all this p...
by Fox
Sun Sep 05, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: ABRSM
Replies: 30
Views: 9400

Yes, lessons can be quite expensive, but I only take a lesson a month. I'm also going through the omnibus edition. Plus, I'm using his "Beginner's book for the flute". I did think in the beginning that you can learn to play on your own. You can, but there are many little mistakes that you can make a...