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by atoriphile
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:49 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Perfection - what do you expect from your new flute???
Replies: 15
Views: 9572

Did you pay $4850 (or a little more if the flute has split E, C# trill, or heavy wall) for the Muramatsu GX? If so, I would expect the flute to be in like new condition with no tarnish or scratches even if it had been play tested. You can send the flute back and go to any Muramatsu dealer and get th...
by atoriphile
Sun Dec 16, 2007 3:21 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Playing quieter on high notes.
Replies: 2
Views: 2848

You could also try pushing your bottom lip out a little bit. Be careful the pitch doesn't go sharp, though. This might make your tone sound slightly airy to you, but the audience will never know. Be careful when playing softly up in the stratosphere that the tone does not sound pinched or muted. You...
by atoriphile
Tue Dec 11, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Finger prints
Replies: 2
Views: 2224

That could very well be it. I purchased the muramatsu brand new. However, I also bought the Pearl 765 brand new, but don't recall having any problems removing finger prints. Who knows how long it had been in storage, however (if that even makes a difference). As you said, it really is a cosmetic iss...
by atoriphile
Mon Dec 10, 2007 1:44 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Finger prints
Replies: 2
Views: 2224

Finger prints

I use a microfiber cloth to remove finger prints from my flutes (Yamaha 581, Pearl 765). However, I bought a new flute recently (Muramatsu DS) and find it very difficult to remove the finger prints. It takes a good 15-20 minutes to do so, and I'm afraid the rubbing will put the keys out of adjustmen...
by atoriphile
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:09 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tremolo
Replies: 4
Views: 4037

In my experience, finger vibrato is done by tapping the finger on the edge of the next open hole. Don't cover the hole at all. Tapping the edge is enough to affect the sound and create a flattement.
by atoriphile
Tue Nov 27, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Using electronic tuners
Replies: 12
Views: 10195

The original poster is a new flutist who probably has not yet developed an ear for playing in tune. (You never know though, some people have so-called "perfect pitch".) Honeybee - Are you planning to play with others? If so, find out what pitch (440, 442, 444, whatever) that they play at and use tha...
by atoriphile
Mon Nov 26, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: free learning tool for the circle of fifths
Replies: 7
Views: 4588

When I was learning the key signatures in school, we did do the circle of fifths, but we also learned an easy way to identify the major key. For sharp keys, go a half step up from the last sharp to get the major key (e.g. if the last sharp is C#, then the key would be D major). For keys with two or ...
by atoriphile
Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: What is appropriaate practice time for beginner?
Replies: 7
Views: 6139

I mark problem passages in my music and focus on them rather than the whole piece. That's the only way I can do it since I work a full time job and don't have a lot of time to practice.
by atoriphile
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What is Your Gender?
Replies: 52
Views: 36749

I am a male flutist. I also happen to be gay. I wouldn't call myself effeminate, but I am the sensitive type. The reason I chose the flute (or did it choose me?) was that one of my older cousins played it. She was the only person in my very large extended family that played an instrument. One day sh...
by atoriphile
Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:59 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Powell Vs Muramatsu
Replies: 12
Views: 18380

Funny you should ask this because last weekend I went to try flutes and tried a silver handmade Powell and a Muramatsu DS (with both the standard and Tsubasa head joints). Personally, I preferred the sound and "feel" of the Muramatsu better than the Powell. But again, each person is different. If yo...
by atoriphile
Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:14 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsu Tsubasa Head Joint
Replies: 2
Views: 7890

Muramatsu Tsubasa Head Joint

I recently got to try a new Muramatsu DS with the Tsubasa head joint. For me, it made the low notes pop out a lot easier and made the tone more focused. A picture of the Tsubasa head joint is available at the Muramatsu America site: http://www.muramatsu-america.com/images/Accessories/Tsubasa.png Has...
by atoriphile
Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Mags
Replies: 5
Views: 3361

I highly recommend Flute Focus, which is an international quarterly flute magazine published in New Zealand. It is chock full of articles and tips. The yearly subscription cost is US$35 (which includes shipping). You can subscribe from their website: http://www.flutefocus.com/ I would also recommend...
by atoriphile
Thu Sep 20, 2007 8:07 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: will a muramatsu flute be good for me ?
Replies: 51
Views: 27410

Phineas wrote:Now, if you were talking about the headjoint, that is a whole different matter. :wink:

No hard feelings..

Phineas
I prefer the open hole headjoint myself. It's much easier to play that way!

:)
by atoriphile
Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:00 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Orpheus Flutes
Replies: 127
Views: 94902

Nope. I haven't heard anything from him.

I've been too busy to do anything about it yet.
by atoriphile
Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:38 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Sharp or Flat (Chromatic)
Replies: 4
Views: 2956

Yes, it depends on the key. To make it more clear, an instructor at a flute camp I went to put it this way (paraphrasing): Think of a scale without flats or sharps first: B C D E F G A Then add the appropriate sharps or flats as needed: B C# D# E F# G# A# Note that you can't use flats in this instan...