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by wkzh
Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High notes and...
Replies: 27
Views: 12731

Re: High notes and...

Missy, I think the problem is our intuition. In our heads, high = fast = blow into the hole = squeeze = ... you know. The embouchure or high notes are just so counter-intuitive that it's hard for a beginner to learn it fast. Apart from that, embouchure strength must be trained. So Bo... just take yo...
by wkzh
Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High notes and...
Replies: 27
Views: 12731

Re: High notes and...

Missy, I think the problem is our intuition. In our heads, high = fast = blow into the hole = squeeze = ... you know. The embouchure or high notes are just so counter-intuitive that it's hard for a beginner to learn it fast. Apart from that, embouchure strength must be trained. So Bo... just take yo...
by wkzh
Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:02 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 15622

Re: Open-holes practice

By C4 are you referring to lowest C or the highest C? Gagh notation issues. If it's low C, then any issues are likely due to leaks, easily solvable (unless repadding is required). If it's high C... well, the venting is affected somewhat, but I don't suppose it's significant enough. Unless you've a v...
by wkzh
Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:26 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Harmonics
Replies: 6
Views: 4965

Re: Harmonics

Yes, there's a huge confusion about "harmonics", "partials", "overtones" and all that stuff, it's so irritating. But I find using the convention for harmonics more computationally and intuitively appealing: the other two are irritating ("overtone" is apparently a translational error) but are more ge...
by wkzh
Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:23 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute mute
Replies: 17
Views: 14138

etc-etc: I didn't mean "squeeze out a sound" as in "squeeze embouchure to squeeze out a sound" but more of "a sound sounds squeezed" kinda "squeezed out" kinda "squeezed out". And actually about using mutes to practice... I only know a handful of players that do that, so I don't mean it's a standard...
by wkzh
Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:42 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 15622

Re: Open-holes practice

Actually that's been done already... pretty long while ago: Eva Kingma builds alto flutes with perforated keys, and has mechanically expanded this to the other depdendent keys of the flute using a "key-on-key" mechanism. If you want to discuss more on this, I think you should start a new thread. Any...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 15622

fg18: Yeah, I was thinking about the grommet too, but because the flutes around me are mostly Sankyos and Muramatsus, I suppose I wouldn't have had the chance to observe that. About piper's grip: my "ergonomics" doesn't just include "relaxed" and "comfortable", it must be "welcoming" too. I like to ...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:54 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Soprano flute
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Actually I think that the term "C flute" came later. Go read some of those more historical books, nobody calls it a "C flute", usually "concert" or just simply, "flute." The "C" may have come about because bands usually have Bb Eb F whatnot instruments, so there may have been a distinction there. Pe...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Piccolo help please!
Replies: 8
Views: 7916

Perhaps it's a pad problem, as everybody's saying. Air leaks on a piccolo are a huge problem (as are air blockages from the clogging tone holes too). Also check that the end of the piccolo isn't clogged, particularly the Eb key. Another possible problem is that you aren't focusing your airstream pro...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Soprano flute
Replies: 8
Views: 2674

Well, these are just names... Take for example the clarinet: the common Bb clarinet we see is actually a "soprano clarinet" although its range extends an octave below a soprano singer. Some have suggested that the flute family be named similar to the saxophone family: indeed, the ranges of the saxop...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: First note trouble
Replies: 14
Views: 4445

I think one thing you can do is to practice actually "hitting" the note without tonguing. This trains your lip's ability to provide the right embouchure in an instant, so when you want to play a note, you immediately recall muscle memory without having to worry about hitting the note. This is partic...
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:09 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Playing Tremolo
Replies: 18
Views: 11023

Try learning to keep your air output constant. If that fails... some major correction is in good order!
by wkzh
Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:05 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Harmonics
Replies: 6
Views: 4965

Harmonics are a great way of adding colour to certain passages. They are also a good way of training the pitching of the embouchure. Do note that you do NOT squeeze harmonics out. Always jump between harmonics by varying the angle of the airstream, at least when practising pitching. (Sometimes it ge...
by wkzh
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:30 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 15622

Yes, I am aware of that. I still stand by what I said. If you have to plug that hole because your middle finger is missing the hole, then by all means... plug the hole. I however don't need to. My fingers fall almost exactly on the holes in the right hand (even though my middle finger is longer, th...
by wkzh
Fri Oct 15, 2010 12:48 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Open-holes practice
Replies: 27
Views: 15622

The right hand position is the most natural one. Nope nope! It's not the most natural one because the middle finger is actually "longer" in a sense than the two adjacent fingers. I feel that perforated keys are un-ergonomic if you shape your hand to the keys and as such resulting in strain. However...