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by pied_piper
Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Chromatic pennywhistle?
Replies: 9
Views: 8953

Sinebar: fluteguy18 is exactly right. The tin whistle can play chromatically, but it requires a lot of half-holes and other odd finger combinations. See the fingerings here: http://www.wfg.woodwind.org/tinwhistle/ Some of these are more for the fife than the tin whistle, but most work even though th...
by pied_piper
Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:50 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: show off!
Replies: 42
Views: 43100

cyberflute - I too liked your web site very much - It has a very clean, professional appearance and some nice content to boot!
by pied_piper
Sun Jun 17, 2007 8:24 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: show off!
Replies: 42
Views: 43100

I've found that there seems to be a strong correlation in the thought processes between music and computers. I, too work in the computer industry as a system engineer/architect for one of the big computer/consulting firms, but it was a second career. I was a music teacher for 6 years but sort of fel...
by pied_piper
Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:25 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: show off!
Replies: 42
Views: 43100

This is certainly not a scientific study, but I've always kept a 3M anti-tarnish strip in my case since I got my flute. I put in a fresh one about every 6 months. I also wipe off the fingerprints with a microfiber cloth before returning it to the case. After 8 years, it is just now beginning to show...
by pied_piper
Sun Jun 17, 2007 6:50 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Adding a split E?
Replies: 12
Views: 9086

I was just curious, but I'd think that it is more expensive to retrofit the keys to an existing flute than to get them when a flute is originally manufactured.
by pied_piper
Sun Jun 17, 2007 1:12 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Adding a split E?
Replies: 12
Views: 9086

If I'm not being too nosy, how much did they charge you to do that?
by pied_piper
Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:37 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: sticky key
Replies: 6
Views: 4331

If this is a new flute, I agree with jfoster, it needs to be checked by a repair tech. However, if the flute is not new and it has been sitting around unused for a while, the oil may have dried-up and that could be causing the slow key return. But here again, if you are new to the flute, it might be...
by pied_piper
Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: probably a frighteningly stupid question...
Replies: 14
Views: 7991

My signature says it all... :D :D :D
by pied_piper
Mon Jun 04, 2007 5:02 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Numbness
Replies: 7
Views: 4494

If you rest your arm on the back of your chair while playing, that can cause it. If not, try shifting the position of your arm - higher, lower, left, right, etc. Sometimes a slight position change can make a big difference. Also, when you have rests in the music, try extending your arm straight (dow...
by pied_piper
Sun Jun 03, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: low notes get "pitchy"
Replies: 6
Views: 4052

If you got the flute from a local music store, I'd ask them to have their repair technician check to be sure there are no problems with the flute. If not, do you know another experienced flutist in your area? Ask him/her to try your flute and see if there are any problems with the F. It's possible t...
by pied_piper
Tue May 29, 2007 4:42 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: ???Flutist or Flautist???
Replies: 20
Views: 12517

I like this explanation, since it seems to be grounded in historical facts. It compares flutist, flautist, flutenist, and a few others...

http://www.fenwicksmith.com/miscellany_flautist.html
by pied_piper
Fri May 25, 2007 7:47 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: How to play descendos
Replies: 8
Views: 6226

Well, one way to think of it is to imagine the sound of a bell (think of a big bell like in a church tower). When a bell is initially struck, it starts loud and then gets softer. If you keep that in mind, it might help you to imagine what it should sound like. Decrescendos can be quick and dramatic ...
by pied_piper
Fri May 25, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: How to play descendos
Replies: 8
Views: 6226

Decrescendo means decrease the volume crescendo means increase the volume In extremely simple terms, louder requires more air while softer requires less. If you can play loud and then play soft, that's the basic idea of a decresendo - just let the sound begin to taper off rather than making a sudden...
by pied_piper
Tue May 22, 2007 6:24 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Skipped On My Chance To Learn Flute
Replies: 4
Views: 3414

The point is: If you want to do it, GO FOR IT!!!! There'll be opportunities to play with others after you get the basics down. Since you already know how to read music, you'll be that much further ahead. You can concentrate on the embouchure, tone, and fingerings since you won't need to spend as muc...
by pied_piper
Fri May 11, 2007 9:46 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Picking up Sax
Replies: 21
Views: 10522

Every instrument has its own challenges to over come. I agree. Any generalizations about one instrument being easier than another are simply the incorrect statements of the uninformed. Also, there is a big difference between being able to make a sound on an instrument vs. playing an instrument musi...