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Post by toot_my_flute » Sun Oct 22, 2006 1:14 pm

I'm trying to hit the C thats way up there >.< like above five lines and I can hit it barely, but its got really bad tone, and i can't hold it out, I can hit the notes directly below perfectly fine but its that C thats giving me the problem. Does anyone have advice? I'm trying to get into honor band this year >.<

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Post by Zevang » Sun Oct 22, 2006 4:26 pm

Is your flute B footed?

If so, try to press C and C# keys with the normal superhigh C position.

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Post by toot_my_flute » Sun Oct 22, 2006 6:40 pm

Zevang wrote:Is your flute B footed?

If so, try to press C and C# keys with the normal superhigh C position.

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T-T no, it costed too much and I didn't want my mom to be all broke like >.< I knew I should have just asked for it anyways...any other tips? anyone? even ways to practice so I can work my way up there.

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Post by flutepicc06 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:04 pm

Slur into it chromatically from below, be sure you're not pinching or trying to force too much air through the flute. A well focused and accurate airstream will give much better results (and a more flexible tone) than just blowing as much air as possible. Also be sure you are using the proper fingering. If you're not, you may be hitting the pitch using harmonics, but they are a compromise to both tone and intonation.

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Post by nashvilleflute » Mon Oct 23, 2006 2:24 pm

A lot of flutists roll their lip plate in or out while they attempt the upper register... make sure you keep your head level, just as it was when the other high notes below super C came out. Watch yourself in the mirror. And as flutepicc06 said, make sure you have the right fingering...
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LH 123P RH 1 (P) sometimes it helps to lift the RH pinky (D#key) and sometimes not. You said you play on a C foot so you don't have to worry about the gizmo key or you C,C#roller. Good luck...

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Post by fluteguy18 » Mon Oct 23, 2006 6:13 pm

sometimes it helps to slightly (just barely) push your lower jaw out. Dont do it very much, but I have noticed that it helps me, especially when I am playing notes above C4.

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Post by toot_my_flute » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:17 am

thank you so much for your advice

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Post by nomusicnolife » Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:29 pm

just work out your embrouchureand build it up...
do scales that start the lowest note and go the highest note...gradually working up to the super C


you can only go as high as your lowest low
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Post by flutepicc06 » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:19 pm

nomusicnolife wrote: you can only go as high as your lowest low
I'm not sure I understand what that is supposed to mean. Could you clarify?

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Post by fluteguy18 » Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:04 pm

I am confused as well..... I can play the low B below middle C and can play all the way up to F#4. Over three octaves...... but not quite 4 octaves...

Do you mean something similiar to a chain is only as strong as its weakest link?

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Post by nomusicnolife » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:31 pm

its kinda something similiar to the weakest link quote but more direct. its something my band director says all the time to the cocky trumpet players when they would brag about how high they can go.

what i mean is, if you work out your muscles on your low octaves, it will help with the high octaves as well. the lower you can go, the higher you can go.

i was just trying to give advice, you guys obviously know more than me, ive read your replys to different topics, im guessing you both are professional. ive been in that situation before and it helped me out so i thought i would share...
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Post by flutepicc06 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 10:47 pm

nomusicnolife wrote:its kinda something similiar to the weakest link quote but more direct. its something my band director says all the time to the cocky trumpet players when they would brag about how high they can go.

what i mean is, if you work out your muscles on your low octaves, it will help with the high octaves as well. the lower you can go, the higher you can go.

i was just trying to give advice, you guys obviously know more than me, ive read your replys to different topics, im guessing you both are professional. ive been in that situation before and it helped me out so i thought i would share...
No problem...We were just both rather confused by it, since flutes have a definitive lowest possible pitch, unlike some other instruments. Unfortunately, while that little dictum may hold true for trumpets, I don't think it really does for flutes. We use far less muscle to form our embouchure, regardless of register, than a brass player would. While it's a good idea to work on both the lows and the highs, it's less about developing muscle than learning how to use it. Incidentally, both Fluteguy and myself are college music majors (freshmen, actually). I'm majoring in Music Education, and he's in Music Performance.

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Post by sherbert789 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 10:06 pm

Flutepicc06, where do you study?

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Post by flutepicc06 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 2:27 am

sherbert789 wrote:Flutepicc06, where do you study?
I prefer not to post personal information about myself here for everyone to see. If you'd be kind enough to private message me, I'd be glad to tell you. Out of curiosity, why do you ask?

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