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Musemaverick
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Post by Musemaverick » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:10 pm

Hello there! I really enjoyed reading this forum when I was younger and so full of passion, and would like to re-involve myself with it!

I am a college music grad and have been playing the flute for eleven years. I began playing in the 8th grade (age 13) and am now 24. I was extremely passionate about playing in high school and for my first year in college, but became very discouraged soon after. I played well when I needed to, but was no longer excited about playing up until now. I currently play once a week in a community band, and am back to practicing for several hours daily. My fiance is a band director and band composer/arranger who is in his first year of teaching after completing his Master's degree in music education.

I have an awful minimum wage job after joining him in our new city, but often work with the flute sections of middle and high school bands. I would love to have a music-related career without having to go back to school. I have decided that I don't want to lose everything I spent years working to be great at.

I am still playing on a student instrument (Gemeinhardt 3sh), and dream of being able to somehow afford something that will allow more growth. My instrument kind of embarrasses me, but I am really and genuinely trying to become the best musician I can in spite of it.

Hello there!

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Post by Phineas » Tue Feb 03, 2015 10:13 pm

Musemaverick wrote: I am still playing on a student instrument (Gemeinhardt 3sh), and dream of being able to somehow afford something that will allow more growth. My instrument kind of embarrasses me, but I am really and genuinely trying to become the best musician I can in spite of it.
If what you have plays, then play the d@@n thang! Always remember that the worse critiques are always the ones that cannot produce that they criticize. If I had a dollar for how many times I have out played brand snobs on cheap instruments I would be rich...LOL

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Post by Gandalfe » Mon Feb 16, 2015 11:55 am

Often a sub comes into our band playing an instrument that is so ugly it's beautiful ... if you know what I mean. Typically these are really good players who probably would sound good on almost any instrument. If your instrument works for you I can guarantee you that most of the audience won't know what brand you play. After all, it's all about the music, right?
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I played the wrong, wrong notes. ~ Thelonious Monk

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Post by Classitar » Tue Feb 17, 2015 1:29 pm

Welcome Musemaverick!
Sounds like you're on track

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Post by songists » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:33 am

i just bought my premier flute yesterday and i v been tryin to practice with my little previous knowledge about flute. i descovered that my lower c note desnt sound at all sometimes sounds blunt when runnng the c majour scale. is it d flute or is it jst me

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Post by pied_piper » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:16 pm

songists wrote:i just bought my premier flute yesterday and i v been tryin to practice with my little previous knowledge about flute. i descovered that my lower c note desnt sound at all sometimes sounds blunt when runnng the c majour scale. is it d flute or is it jst me
The lowest C is a difficult note for flutists just getting started. So, it's probably just you getting acclimated to your new flute, however, the low C is also nearly impossible to play if there are any leaks in the flute. Ask another flutist to try yours. That may hlep determine if it is you or the flute. The best solution would be to start taking private lessons. That way your teacher can try it and that way you'll know for sure. If it is you, the teacher can help you to get those low notes to respond. If it's the flute, you'll need to get a technician to find out what is the problem.
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