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Post by motherflute » Fri Aug 22, 2003 10:00 am

I need suggestions to help my daughter stay
interested from the start. Shes a 6th grader. I bought her what I was told was a
excellent flute. Band starts next week. And I want to have things at home for
her to practice to keep her interested. What should I have at home ? Its a very
small school so I do not fore see alot of input. Thanks Motherflute

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Post by fluteluversmom » Sat Aug 30, 2003 8:17 pm

Hi~ My daughter is going into 7th grade and it
will be her 3rd year for playing the flute. I would suggest making sure that she
has a music stand...that will make practicing easier. I have always made sure
that my daughter has a good supply of "fun" or "recognizable" songs to play in
addition to the more challenging ones and school and lesson assignments. Also
buying a few books that have the CD's included can be fun to play along with.
Kim
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Post by Penny » Sun Aug 31, 2003 7:58 am

A metronome and tuner can both be purchased for
less than $20 and can aid improvement. The music stand of course and even a
flute stand can help. There are of course tons of books. I would suggest trying
to find some flute music CDs she would like to listen to. Many libraries now
offer CDs that you can listen to and find out if she enjoys them. Listening to
good players is very good for the ear. I wouldn't go to crazy on books until
you find out how interested she is. You can spend a few hundred dollars on
practice books and sheet music really fast. Library can also supply books about
flute play and players. I also agree that the play along flute books that
include CD are excellent especially for beginning players and to increase the
fun. There are books with CD that let her hear a flute player play it correctly
and then try to play with just the accompanyment. Also ones that play one part
of a duet and let her play the other part. Finally a new suggestion for us. Get
a tape recorder or just a microphone for your computer and record her playing.
She can even play duets with HERSELF! Can be a great change from playing scales
for a half hour. Recording private lessons if the teacher is willing can also be
helpful I am told but haven't tried that yet. Hope some of that helps her enjoy
the flute a little more. Which flute did you buy her? I always wonder what is
being recommended as a good instrument.

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Post by krzymunkey » Fri Sep 05, 2003 8:12 pm

When I was in 5th and grade, I did not like
flute. I was thinking about changing to clarinet. Then, came the first day of
6th grade. I heard the first chair girl in 6th grade play, and was immediatly
inspired to play well. I am getting pretty good now, but not as good as I want.
So I am still trying. Take your daughter to a concert of really good young
people playing flute. Maybe it will inspire her the way it did to me!!
[:bigsmile:] Good luck!
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Post by dancingflutist3000 » Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:21 pm

[quote] ---------------- On 8/22/2003 10:00:59 AM
I need suggestions to help my daughter stay interested from the start. Shes a
6th grader. I bought her what I was told was a excellent flute. Band starts next
week. And I want to have things at home for her to practice to keep her
interested. What should I have at home ? Its a very small school so I do not
fore see alot of input. Thanks Motherflute ---------------- [/quote] If she
confident and likes praise have little mini concerts at home where family and
even a neighbor or two could listen to a few things she's been working on. Buy
more music. If it seems like she's been playing the same old same old go with
her and let her pick out a new book and some sheet music. But of course don't
force her. Some people just aren't band/instrument people. But by the way if
you weren't sure she'd stay interested why did you buy a excellent and
(probably) expensive flute? I would have recommended a good enough student flute
that can go through a bit of wear and tear or renting though I personally
believe renting is a rip off (unless it's a big instrument) Sorry to drag this
out but those are my suggestions and I hope they prove helpful> [:)]
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Post by dancingflutist3000 » Mon Oct 13, 2003 4:26 pm

Also, let her learn about the instrument it's
self a great book to buy is "A Rough Guide to Flute and Piccolo) ($10). I
learned SOOOOOOOO much from that book! It offers info about history, kinds of
flutes from piccolo-contrabass, extras added to flutes such as split E, donuts,
also pros and cons of wooden flutes versus gold plated/gold vs. silver
plated/silver flutes and open vs. closed hole and wooden/plastic/silver
piccolos. I would recommend it to ANYONE who is interested in learning about
their instrument.
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Post by fluteluversmom » Tue Oct 14, 2003 9:31 am

[quote] ---------------- On 10/13/2003 4:21:15 PM
But by the way if you weren't sure she'd stay interested why did you buy a
excellent and (probably) expensive flute? I would have recommended a good enough
student flute that can go through a bit of wear and tear or renting though I
personally believe renting is a rip off (unless it's a big instrument) Sorry to
drag this out but those are my suggestions and I hope they prove helpful>
[:)] ---------------- [/quote] When she says that she was told it was a
excellent flute...she could have bought or rented a student Yamaha. Most flute
teachers would call that an excellent flute for a new student just starting. As
far as renting that is sometimes the best way to go for new band students just
in case they don't stick with it. That way you don't have to lay out hundreds
of dollars and in many cases you can apply what you have paid in the first year
towards an upgrade. When my daughter started playing I purchased a new student
Gemeinhardt on a rent to own basis. If after the first year my daughter had
decided that she didn't enjoy the flute I wouldn't have lost as much money as
I would have if I had bought it outright. We were also able to apply what I had
paid in rent towards her step up flute. Kim
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days you catch the bus and other days it runs over you.

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Post by minsmusic » Wed Feb 04, 2004 3:16 am

motherflute, is your daughter still playing? Is
she enjoying it?
Happy
learning Happy playing Happy being!

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RE: HELP!

Post by OrangeGal4 » Sat Jul 17, 2004 9:19 am

Hello, I would advise a flute stand. Then she might have a much easier time looking and reading her music. The music stands can be sold for cheap. But, the best thing to do is to keep e :) ncouraging her. That's the best thing to do for her. Message me if you have more questions. Alright?
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