Struggling to play C1 and C#1

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Carpii
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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by Carpii » Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:09 am

New to the flute and starting off just by
trying to play all the low octave notes in sequence. Whenever I try to play C1
and C#1, they come out one (maybe 2) octaves higher than they should be. Once I
get to D1 I can play the rest it in the lower octave as intended. I have tried
adjusting my embochure for the two problem tones but im struggling to reproduce
it reliably. Obviously this will come with practice, but any tips with my
embochure to at least get close to the lower octave reliably ? Thanks

flutietootie4lyfe
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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by flutietootie4lyfe » Sun Jan 11, 2004 10:53 am

C1 is actually the c below the staff
accoriding to most fingering charts but I think you mean c2 which is the one in
the middle of the staff, this is a common problem with people ill try to find an
old thread
~Kendall
"Q: How many classical flutists does it take to change a light bulb? A: Only
one, but she'll pay $5,000 for a gold-plated ladder." --Kathy Russell

Carpii
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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by Carpii » Sun Jan 11, 2004 2:39 pm

No, its the lowest C I struggle with. The
C in the middle of staff I can hit first without trouble, but the lower notes
often 'squeak' to their higher equivalents and Im struggling to control this
Thanks

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embum79
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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by embum79 » Sun Jan 11, 2004 4:19 pm

Try relaxing your embouchure as much as
possible. When I play the lower octave, I try to make my lips almost a straight
line on the lip plate (does that make sense?). Also, you could try doing tone
exercises, such as: start on c2.. make a good tone on that note, then slur down
to b. make sure your tone is good on the b, then move to b flat.. etc.
Chromatically down the scale. It will definitely take some work, but you will
get it!
Cheers,
Emily

Carpii
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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by Carpii » Wed Jan 21, 2004 5:50 pm

Thanks for the advice. Im getting there!
:-)

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Struggling to play C1 and C#1

Post by flautist blackie » Fri Feb 20, 2004 7:18 pm

All i can say is blow softly like you do
through one of those bubble mix thing. That really helped me.
"A flute
with no holes is not a flute, and a doughnut with no hole is a Danish" --Chevy
Chase The Socrates of the Republic ... rejects the flute; for ... the flute is
... exciting and emotional. Poetry proves this, for Bacchic frenzy and all
similar emotions are most suitably expressed by the flute." --Aristotle,
"Politics"

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