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by MeLizzard
Sat Feb 10, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Any suggestions?
Replies: 14
Views: 9513

Check out the FAQ, but start with Armstrong, Emerson, Yamaha, Jupiter (711), Trevor James, Miyazawa, Muramatsu (EX), and Pearl. Expect to spend somewhere between $1000 and $3000 to make an upgrade worth making (from a beginner's flute). Please heed your teacher's advice (if you trust this person!?!)...
by MeLizzard
Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Hymns for Beginners... we're talking REALLY easy
Replies: 1
Views: 2009

Tons of Tunes for Church (there's a whole Tons of... series) from Hal Leonard is pretty easy. They also publish Easy Great Hymns.
by MeLizzard
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:17 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsue ex or sankyo 301 or yamaha 674 which one??
Replies: 13
Views: 10677

Ah, the reed-making. I didn't do so much of that, but I can see how it can make double-reed players ALMOST as neurotic as singers! Once, our grad-school wind ensemble contrabassoon player was admonished by the conductor to find a different reed, with, you know, ______ characteristics. "A little more...
by MeLizzard
Thu Feb 08, 2007 11:10 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: I thought this ad was joking...
Replies: 36
Views: 22890

We had great laughs with this listing at work yesterday (music store--that does NOT sell pink flutes...). One of the guys described its appearance as "An Ipod h%*&@# a bottle of Pepto!". Reasonably accurate, I guess. I agree that one can find decent instruments on EBay, but am concerned that, mostly...
by MeLizzard
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: PICCOLO HIGHS...yuck.
Replies: 7
Views: 5688

I don't often use that fingering, but was commenting because I've observed many players attempting to produce high B-flat on picc with the LH first finger down. Doesn't really work, ever. :D
by MeLizzard
Thu Feb 08, 2007 10:48 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tuning and playing in tune
Replies: 15
Views: 13925

Definitely use the tuner, for example, when practicing tone exercises. If your flute is pitched at A442, then you'll have to pull out the head a bit more than normal, to lower the pitch, if you're attempting to play to A440. Longer tube length, lower pitch. You mentioned flat low notes--be sure, as ...
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsue ex or sankyo 301 or yamaha 674 which one??
Replies: 13
Views: 10677

Glad to be helpful, and happy shopping! Let us know what you pick. Bassoon is my second instrument, but I'm no place near considering a purchase, though I got to play a nice school horn in college. A fun instrument.
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:51 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Tone Trouble
Replies: 6
Views: 5584

The hydration, and consistency. An athlete who played only a few days per week, or month, would become injured simply from lack of conditioning. With the small muscle groups (embouchure, hands, etc.) used for playing instruments, this conditioning is also important. It's very obvious to me when a st...
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsue ex or sankyo 301 or yamaha 674 which one??
Replies: 13
Views: 10677

Also, with instruments of such a high quality, there's no concern that a silver-plated instrument is structurally inferior to a silver one, or will experience any more mechanical hardship with proper use.
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:01 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Muramatsue ex or sankyo 301 or yamaha 674 which one??
Replies: 13
Views: 10677

Any of these are good flutes, and it's really up to you--how does each sound, how does each feel in your hands, which weight and balance do you prefer, which mechanical action feels best to you? You have to play it and be happy with it. I wouldn't be upset if a student bought any one of these. I hav...
by MeLizzard
Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:40 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: What are you working on?
Replies: 17
Views: 13241

Sorry for the long pause; my husband's a 'cellist. Well, actually, he's a pathologist, but, inside, a frustrated 'cellist! We love to play music together, but our tasts are sometimes almost incompatible. I don't like "ugly" music, but I prefer more newer pieces than he does. Most music written speci...
by MeLizzard
Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: What are you working on?
Replies: 17
Views: 13241

Looks like a nice program. As it's been the heavy audition & contest season in my area, I've not practiced much lately, but my students sure have! OT on the extra lessons, and rehearsals with accompanists. Some pieces they're playing: Reinecke Ballade ; Bloch Suite Modale ; Lakme Flower Duet ; Hovha...
by MeLizzard
Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: PICCOLO HIGHS...yuck.
Replies: 7
Views: 5688

Eeeww--I can't imagine it would speak at all, but it might.
by MeLizzard
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: PICCOLO HIGHS...yuck.
Replies: 7
Views: 5688

Be sure to raise your left-hand first finger for the high B-flat...
by MeLizzard
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Good Daily Warmup
Replies: 5
Views: 3795

Yeah, thanks, forgot (?!?) those. The #1 and #2 exercises are good, too.