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Post by monica_10 » Wed May 28, 2003 8:26 pm

hello new to this site and all...i''ve been
playing the flute for a couple years, and im going to audition for IMEA, (an all
state band for Illinois) in october, and well...i got the music and the scales.
the scales are fine, and one out of two of the songs that they gave me that i am
performing are fine...but there is this one.."Andante Cantabile in C# minor, by
Andersen"...and it is KILLING ME. i have never really even seen this type of key
signature, yet alone play it, it is quite embarassing, because i feel really
stupid! it''s like every note is something different than it is
written...ahhh! any advice?? advice?? anything!! would appreciate it alot!
[:bigsmile:] [:praise:]

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Post by AG950Flute » Thu May 29, 2003 12:31 am

i personally don't know this piece...but i have played
several etudes by andersen. so hopefully i can give you some advice. first of
all, c# minor is the relative minor of E major, so it has the same signature as
E major - four sharps. just in case you want some tips on minor scales in case
you don't know. there are 3 different types of minor scales - natural,
harmonic, and melodic minor. Natural minor (in specific for c# minor) you start
on C# and just play an E major scale. Harmonic Minor: again start on C# and play
an E Major Scale, BUT raise the seventh scale degree half a step. so you should
play C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B# (which is C), and C#. This is in both directions,
going up and coming back down. Melodic Minor: again start on C#, this time you
will raise the sixth and seventh degree steps going up, and then lower them
going down (so in essence you'll be playing a natural minor scale going back
down) (going up): C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B#, C# (coming down): C#, B, A, G#, F#,
E, D#, C# Now, the reason I went into all of that was so you can try and
identify certain accidentals within the piece, why they are there, and how you
can possibly group together certain notes. you may want to memorize the scales
so you have them in your fingers, and can relate them into the piece. Also,
practice SLOWLY with a metronome, and gradually work the speed up. be picky and
precise and try not to allow mistakes to happen. in the end, you'll be glad you
did! Best of luck, and i hope this helped you somewhat!

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Post by porschia28 » Wed Jun 11, 2003 6:50 pm

i think the person above did a good job of explaining the
key. just keep practicing the scale so that you have a basic idea of where to go
when a note like D# comes along[;)]

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