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by pied_piper
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: this has been on my mind..
Replies: 3
Views: 2429

Claiken, your comment about the flute being a C instrument is correct for the usual soprano flute that is used in orchestra and band, but they come in other flavors too: There is an Eb flute (although it's not too common) and of course the alto flute which is in G as are some of the very low contrab...
by pied_piper
Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Back on the saddle again
Replies: 2
Views: 2985

Fingering charts for the flute are available online: http://www.wfg.woodwind.org/flute/ That should help jog your memory. This site provides some free online video tutorials: http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/141_beginner-flute.htm Also, consider taking some private lessons to help you get r...
by pied_piper
Sat Feb 16, 2008 10:40 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Jazz Flute Pieces
Replies: 7
Views: 7799

Try the Claude Bolling "Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio". It's written for flute with piano, jazz string bass, and drum set, but it can be played with just the flute and piano. It's sort of a crossover piece with both jazz and classical elements, but it is definitely very jazzy. It has seven mov...
by pied_piper
Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Sterling Silver Riser
Replies: 8
Views: 4076

If you are looking at a flute with a sterling silver headjoint, a sterling riser is the standard type. In a student flute that is silver plated, the riser would be made from the same material as the headjoint tube and lip plate - usually nickel silver. Sterling silver headjoints can have risers of s...
by pied_piper
Mon Feb 11, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Problem in my back :(
Replies: 2
Views: 3806

If you have arm or shoulder problems, the curved headjoint might help a little, but it is mostly intended to allow children or those with shorter arms to reach the right-hand keys. It might help, but it might not be enough since you will still need to raise your arms. You might want to look into a v...
by pied_piper
Fri Feb 08, 2008 12:06 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Flute keys "clicking"
Replies: 1
Views: 3442

Don't be too upset about this. It does not sound like a major problem. It's probably something simple to correct like a spring moving in it's saddle, but yes, it can be VERY annoying. Since you indicate that it is intermittent, it's occurance may be related to temperature. Your statement that it see...
by pied_piper
Tue Feb 05, 2008 11:28 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: An unmatch powell headjoint with other flute?
Replies: 6
Views: 3534

I think you are the one that has to answer that question. Have you tried a Powell HJ on your Armstrong? If not, you should try them together before buying. Putting a Powell HJ on an Armstrong may be a bit like putting a Porsche engine in a Volkswagen, but if you like the engine sound and can't affor...
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:29 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Recording Software
Replies: 10
Views: 5756

Well, if you really want commercial software, you might look at Adobe Soundbooth CS3, but it lists for about $200 and IMO, you don't get that much more than Audacity. http://www.adobe.com/products/soundbooth/ Also, in your original post, you mentioned using MIDI with a laptop. If your laptop is not ...
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Recording Software
Replies: 10
Views: 5756

Give Audacity a try - it's FREE!

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: My three flutes - what odd ones do you have?
Replies: 2
Views: 2029

Re: My three flutes - what odd ones do you have?

What weird fluty things does anyone else have? I'd have to say that among my most unusual sideblown flutes is an old Meyer system that I am restoring as time permits. I also have a number of other "fluty things" that some may consider "wierd" such as my homemade PVC flute and a Chinese Dizi. I post...
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 4063

Explain your situation to the college and ask if it would be possible to schedule your scholarship audition for another day. Hopefully, they will be willing to accommodate your request. You have nothing to lose by asking.
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:46 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Open-holes are so common in new flutes...necessary?
Replies: 10
Views: 7184

Did you try an open-holed model with inline or offset G? The offset G is more comfortable for some players. Read the FAQ. It goes into a good discussion about selecting a flute, but here are a few quick points to consider. Open hole models allow a few more alternate fingerings and for really modern ...
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:58 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Harmonics
Replies: 6
Views: 3980

At my University, they divide the Methods classes into Woodwinds, Double Reeds, Brass, and Percussion. Because there are many more fingerings to learn with woodwind instruments, they have divided the course work into two separate classes. This allows slightly more time to learn all of the different...
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:24 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Harmonics
Replies: 6
Views: 3980

Playing in school, in a class situation or in band, it's hard to learn many of the finer points of the flute (or any instrument) without private instruction. In band or class, there just isn't enough time for much individual help. In fact, most band directors just don't know the finer points of ever...
by pied_piper
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Harmonics
Replies: 6
Views: 3980

Did you study privately?