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sanna

Octaves

Post by sanna » Thu May 02, 2013 7:12 am

Hi,

I started to play flute last year and I'm having problems with playing higher octaves. The second is still OK but the third one works only until G...I think it will improve with time. The problem is, my teacher doesn't let me play anything until I get all three octaves right, claiming the flute is played in 3 octaves not in 2. I feel that as a beginner I can still play plenty of stuff in the first two....then practice the third one until I get it right.
I'm an adult, so I have no ambitions to become a professional player and I want to play for fun. I was wondering if this is a normal process for learning the flute or I should just change the teacher. Also, how long does it normally take to get the high tones right? I know its hard to say, some people are better than others, but is it years or just months:)

Thanks!

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Re: Octaves

Post by Phineas » Thu May 02, 2013 8:36 am

Sanna,

I will be a straight forward about this (honest) as I can be. This is just my opinion....

As a teacher, I always tell my students to concentrate more on having fun playing than being too formal. Also not to concentrate too much on the capability of others and focus on your own goals.

BUT, do not use "Having Fun" as an excuse to be lazy! You should always try to be the best player you can be. Otherwise why bother. The better you learn how to play correctly, the more fun you will have.

I can tell you stories of players I have ran into that use being an "AMATEUR" as an excuse to suck. If you cannot do any better, or do not have the time to practice, fine. If you can be better, always do better!!!!!

As far as the octave thing, you just have to keep practicing. before you know it, the notes will start coming out. Always make sure your flute is in the best playable condition so that is ruled out. Also make sure you are using the correct fingering. it makes a big difference!

Just my opinion.....Flame on...again......

Remember ... Just play the D&&N thang!

Phineas

sanna

Re: Octaves

Post by sanna » Fri May 03, 2013 8:45 am

Thank you Phineas! I practice an hour every day. Unfortunately I can't do more. I guess I just need to be more patient for a perfect C4 to come out:)

S.

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Re: Octaves

Post by lianeandflute » Sun May 05, 2013 9:47 am

There are 17 billion pieces for flute at all different levels that do not require those terribly high notes. What is the point of teaching the flute to someone but not allowing them to play any pieces until they have everything? As a teacher of student at a wide range of playing levels, that doesn't make sense to me.

I think you're right; unless there is something wrong with your flute, those high notes will come with time - they're not easy. I recommend playing pieces anyway, they will help you develop tone, technique, and musicality. Sorry to be rude and blunt but it kind of sounds like this teacher is wasting your time…
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Re: Octaves

Post by Phineas » Sun May 05, 2013 2:52 pm

lianeandflute wrote:There are 17 billion pieces for flute at all different levels that do not require those terribly high notes. What is the point of teaching the flute to someone but not allowing them to play any pieces until they have everything? As a teacher of student at a wide range of playing levels, that doesn't make sense to me.

I think you're right; unless there is something wrong with your flute, those high notes will come with time - they're not easy. I recommend playing pieces anyway, they will help you develop tone, technique, and musicality. Sorry to be rude and blunt but it kind of sounds like this teacher is wasting your time…
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Re: Octaves

Post by flutego12 » Mon May 06, 2013 6:47 am

:idea:
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