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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: 8313

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: 4670

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: 4188

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: 12970

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: 6459

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: 6459

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: 3532

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: 10989

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...
by pied_piper
Fri May 11, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Doubling on Clarinet
Replies: 11
Views: 6400

When playing clarinet or sax, most of the actual lower lip is folded in over the lower teeth. Be careful to not bite too hard and make your lower lip sore - that would be detrimental to your flute embouchure. The fingerings for the middle register of the clarinet are somewhat similar to flute finger...
by pied_piper
Sat May 05, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Irish tunes
Replies: 18
Views: 13315

Look for an instruction book or book of music for the tin whistle. You can't get more Irish than the tin whistle! Most books of this type are full of simple Irish tunes and the range is perfect for the flute. Some books even offer suggestions on some of the embellishments mentioned in a previous pos...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Marching Shows
Replies: 10
Views: 6474

Not sure if this is related, but in the late 60s-early 70s, there was a band named Chase. It was sort of like Chicago or Blood, Sweat, and Tears but mostly trumpets playing up in the stratosphere and it was very high energy rock with a bit of jazz influence infused. Maybe it's a tribute to their mus...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Bubble-headed piccolos
Replies: 11
Views: 7610

The YPC-62 is pretty sweet for an intermediate-to-semi-pro grade picc. I have one and it sure beats the old banged-up silver plated Armstrong that I used to play. :lol: I don't play picc often enough to justify a true pro-grade picc, so the YPC-62 was a just-right fit for me and my needs. It's great...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Practice Time Poll
Replies: 62
Views: 38893

I always found it helpful to coordinate scales, studies, and musical works in the same key. For example, if you are working on a piece in the key of D, then preface that with a bit of work on the D scale and etudes in D. That seems to make a lot of sense because you develop a bit of synergy so that ...
by pied_piper
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: WhErE iZ eVeRyOnE fRoM!?
Replies: 114
Views: 72583

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by pied_piper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: being ahead
Replies: 35
Views: 26907

Many times the first part is melody and any decent player can usually play it. Sometimes, the second part carries an important countermelody or has notes that are crucial to the chordal structure. Music frequently needs things these additional elements to keep it interesting. Perhaps the band direct...