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by MeLizzard
Sun Mar 11, 2007 6:06 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: T & G exercises
Replies: 17
Views: 23181

These exercises take time to learn initially, but they're well worth the effort. I have several students plowing through some of T & G as we speak (I hope!!), and it's a lot of work for them now, but they're beginning to see the payoff in easier technical facility and quicker pattern recognition (gr...
by MeLizzard
Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:58 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: I thought this ad was joking...
Replies: 36
Views: 23184

The actual tone holes are square, too. Allegedly provides better, more pure, less-impeded response relative to round holes. Let's all get out our physics books, now, class... :wink:
by MeLizzard
Sat Mar 10, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: One for the classical buffs with huge CD collections
Replies: 15
Views: 10072

Glad you found that one! I was thinking of it, but for whatever reason couldn't pull the name from my rusty memory bank. It's awesome! The best CD, IMHO, I've found of unaccompanied works. :D
by MeLizzard
Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:09 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: I thought this ad was joking...
Replies: 36
Views: 23184

Those are Lopatin's Square Ones. I played them last summer, and they were good, and responsive, but I'm unsure whether they were any better than his round-tone-hole flutes! All were good flutes. He's also made a Square One alto. Here's the link:
http://www.lopatinflutes.com/square.html
by MeLizzard
Sat Mar 10, 2007 12:02 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Eb 2 trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 3603

It's a simple thing to overlook sometimes, but be sure your left-hand first finger is up for this note (and D2, as well). ??
by MeLizzard
Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:58 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: One for the classical buffs with huge CD collections
Replies: 15
Views: 10072

Anything recorded by Alexa Still, but especially the recording with Bloch's Suite Modale, etc.
by MeLizzard
Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:16 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Tuning!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 8265

Plenty of listeners can tell! We should always make the effort to do the right thing, even if the rewards seem minimal. I'm aware we're discussing intonation, but I'll use tone as an example. Just because Joe Lunchbox can't tell the difference between my tone, his 10-year-old daughter's , and Paula ...
by MeLizzard
Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:40 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: When to change pads on flute? Plus additional questions.
Replies: 5
Views: 26968

It's always a good idea to have your flute checked out at least once a year (especially if you're using it in marching band!?!). The other posters gave good advice. Unless you have a super-expensive, handmade flute, and assuming you've checked the person's reputation in advance, your local repairper...
by MeLizzard
Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:23 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Tuning!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 8265

Eesh, that's not true!!!! Out-of-tune is out-of-tune. Just because the human ear is more likely to perceive "sharp" (vs. on-pitch or flat) as "in tune" doesn't mean we should go out of our way to play this way! Acoustics are funny... Also, I'm well aware Sir Galway has a huge contingent of fans, jus...
by MeLizzard
Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:11 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Serious answers, please. Looking for some real assistance.
Replies: 13
Views: 7518

I wouldn't call it "no good", but it's basically a silver (CY cut, same as the 400s) headjoint on a slightly modified, open-hole 200 (beginner's flute) body. I've observed that, if students are progressing quickly, they'll soon outplay the 300 series flutes. Many strong students have recently been m...
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Serious answers, please. Looking for some real assistance.
Replies: 13
Views: 7518

If you're heading for an "8 or 9", don't handicap yourself with a poor or even mediocre instrument. You'll be pressed to find anything truly good in the $500-$1000 range, but maybe shop around for a used Armstrong (at least a 303, or an 80B) or Yamaha (no lower than 400 series). There are more choic...
by MeLizzard
Thu Feb 22, 2007 10:44 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: A little help...
Replies: 12
Views: 8499

Though two flutes' prices may be similar, they may have nothing else in common. With machine-made flutes, you're paying for materials (solid silver), versus paying for design and craftsmanship with the handmade flutes. There's almost no contest, but you have to buy the best flute for you, relative t...
by MeLizzard
Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:44 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: An Intermediate piccolo...
Replies: 14
Views: 14912

Try the new Sonare picc. Well under $1000.
by MeLizzard
Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:31 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Help on Syrinx needed ASAP
Replies: 18
Views: 15563

I agree; I recently attended a lecture about this piece, and according to all presenters, the rhythm should remain mostly strict, or at least very straightforward with only traces of rubato. It should not sound like a cadenza.
by MeLizzard
Mon Feb 12, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Any suggestions?
Replies: 14
Views: 9640

In my playing (two old Gemeinhardts, before my current flute) and studio teaching experience, these flutes will eventually limit your progess, maybe quickly. If you want to consider Gemeinhardt at all, take a look at the new Brio series. These have a Dana Sheridan-designed headjoint, and some tweaki...