The flute slips from my lips

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The flute slips from my lips

Post by OcarinaCaro » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:51 am

Hi I would like to know what do you do when it's a warm day and the flute slips from your lips (because of the sweat)? I have this problem and it is impossible for me to expose the wet part of my bottom lip on the flute. I used to firmly hold the flute on my chin but it hurts my left first finger :|

I like when my lip is sticking to the flute I find my tone very easy to produce all over the range. I work with a teacher but she says it is not suppose to be the problem on itself and I shoud be able to have the same tone in cold days ans warm day. Thank you :mrgreen:

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Re: The flute slips from my lips

Post by SylvreKat » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:09 pm

Dunno about same tone cold vs hot days.

But I know there's some sort of stick-on you can get to adhere to your lip plate. It's not permanent, and I guess does wear out. But it's supposed to stop slipping. Sorry I can't be more definite, I don't think I ever had slipping issues so didn't pay a lot of attention to the thing. More of a "oh, ok, interesting, move on" kind of passing notice. I would guess it's on some flute site--maybe flute specialists? Or Carol Naubaum (however you spell that?) Or flute world? Those are the only sites I know I've been to. Again, sorry I don't remember better, it's been several years since I looked and bought my bass flute's gel pad.

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Re: The flute slips from my lips

Post by pied_piper » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:02 pm

If you experience slippery lips ( :) ), You can apply a "patch" to the lip plate which will provide a bit of traction to help reduce the slipperiness of the lip plate. Some people used to use postage stamps or even masking tape. Neither will hurt the flute, but they will eventually degrade and start to leave a gummy residue. The residue can be with something like Goo B Gone or similar. There are a number of commercial products available too. Just do a Google search for "Flute Lip Plate Patch".

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Re: The flute slips from my lips

Post by OcarinaCaro » Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:55 pm

Ho nice thank you very much I didn't know the existence of these patch I will try them ;)

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