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by pied_piper
Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Eb to c above staff
Replies: 3
Views: 5405

One typical problem when going from Eb or D to C (and vice versa) is the coordination of the fingers. It's one of the most difficult transitions to do smoothly because all or most of the fingers are all moving in the opposite direction of each other. If all the fingers don't move precisely at the ex...
by pied_piper
Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Cleaning a flute?
Replies: 16
Views: 10649

A trick I picked up somewhere is to use a new dollar bill and place it under each pad, push down on the pad then pull the dollar bill out. Do this everyonce in a while after playing. Pulling a dollar bill (even a new one) under the pads is NOT a good idea for flutes. The dollar bill trick has been ...
by pied_piper
Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:15 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What about flute playing or music is most difficult for you?
Replies: 5
Views: 3913

For your vibrato, listen to recordings of other players and try to emulate their sound. It just takes a while to get it going smoothly.

For the C-D trill, are you using the trill key?
by pied_piper
Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:58 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What is "all-state", etc?
Replies: 4
Views: 3373

You might want to check out the You Tube flute competition:
http://www.banddirector.com/contest/

The rules are here:
http://www.banddirector.com/contest/page/rules
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 28, 2007 4:44 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Foot Joint
Replies: 5
Views: 2941

You'll probably need to get a different flute. Most manufacturers offer either the C or B foot joint, but you'll find it difficult to get a separate footjoint with no flute. There's at least one manufacturer (John Lunn) that offers a convertible C/B footjoint, but it's a pro model and it must be pur...
by pied_piper
Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:45 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Is this uncommon?
Replies: 7
Views: 4031

I have two flute performance degrees, my master's from a major NYC conservatory where I studied with a big-wig teacher, but I make my living as a lawyer. To follow up on sidekicker's point, I too, have a music degree (music education). I spent 6 years teaching and playing, but left teaching when I ...
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 26, 2007 11:10 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Is this uncommon?
Replies: 7
Views: 4031

Yes, it's uncommon, but it may be possible if you have the drive to do it. The question that I would have to ask is: Why the sudden revelation that you want to major in music? You stated that you stopped participating in the school music program before high school. How can you be certain that this i...
by pied_piper
Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:01 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Info on this old flute please.
Replies: 5
Views: 6247

fluttiegurl wrote:I have been told that the model 90 Armstrings were solid silver...
The Armstrong Model 90 has a sterling head and body, but the keys are plated.
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:38 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Picking up flute after 10 years! Feedback please!!
Replies: 10
Views: 12658

You are likely to need to work on your chops to get them back into shape. If you have not played much in 10 years, much of the endurance and some of the finer points of the embouchure are likely to have faded. That said, the most important thing is just to start playing and get back into the daily p...
by pied_piper
Mon Dec 17, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: what is a "G disc"?
Replies: 2
Views: 4952

Most flutemakers call it a High-E facilitator. It's a disc inserted into the G key that makes it easier to play a High-E (E3). It's a cheaper alternative to a split-E mechanism. See the FAQ or search the board for High-E for a more lengthy discussion of the pros and cons.
by pied_piper
Mon Dec 17, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: So many brands!
Replies: 7
Views: 5654

I know what you mean about the gold-plated lip plates on student and intermediate flutes - they are just bling and nothing more. They add no sound improvement. However, the pro flute and headjoint makers are starting to offer headjoints with lots of options. This past summer I tried a number of diff...
by pied_piper
Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Where to try out/buy a flute?
Replies: 5
Views: 3812

Definitely keep your current flute and keep it in working order. I have a handmade Muramatsu, but I also have an Armstrong Model 80 as a backup. You never know when you might need it (in case your main flute is in the shop for maintenance or repairs).
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:01 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High F#
Replies: 13
Views: 11662

Re: High F#

i dont consider auditions good situations regardless of result, and thats just why. 4 auditions, and 4 rejections... its impossible for me to think of them as being good, even if i dont get in. if they reject me again, obviously i suck. .... its kinda rediculous anyway, im paying for my education, ...
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:55 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: High F#
Replies: 13
Views: 11662

You might want to think of playing the flute in the third (and fourth) octave as being very similar to an athlete training for the pole vault. It takes time to build up the muscles to make the tallest vaults. Just think of it as a progression and repetition. Athletes do lots of different strength bu...
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Airflow
Replies: 5
Views: 7795

Room acoustics also affect what you hear. When I play in a very small room or if I stand very close to a wall, I can hear more air in my sound. When I play in a larger room and stay away from walls, I don't hear it as much. The "airy" sound is made up of a lot of very high frequencies that easily re...