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Survey: True or False

Post by Fotofavoloso » Mon Jan 11, 2016 7:41 am

Playing saxophone will compromise your flute embouchure?

I doubled for many years and what I experienced was this: If I was at a gig and played a lot of sax early in the evening by the time I picked up my flute, my embouchure was compromised. This was especially true when playing in the lower register.

What has been your experience?

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Re: Survey: True or False

Post by JButky » Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:58 am

If you work on your doubling and make adjustments to your sax mouthpiece reed setup, your flute playing should be fine.

Was a doubler for years while playing in symphonies, etc.. Just need to do it right if flute is your primary objective
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Post by Phineas » Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:11 pm

False!!!!

Just takes some practice!!

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Post by pied_piper » Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:54 pm

I also say false. I play sax and flute at an advanced level and play both instruments weekly. I've even played piccolo and Bari sax on a single gig. The key is regular practice on both instruments to keep the embouchures strong and flexible on both.
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Post by Fotofavoloso » Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:49 pm

Here is a link to an online article that got me thinking about this topic:

http://www.larrykrantz.com/doubling.htm

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Post by pied_piper » Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:03 pm

Fotofavoloso wrote:Here is a link to an online article that got me thinking about this topic:

http://www.larrykrantz.com/doubling.htm

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There are two sides to this coin... What Larry Krantz says is true IF your goal is to be a virtuosic flute performer with a solo career. For that level of performance, ONE instrument (any instrument) is more than enough. However, there are many, many professional doublers who make a living playing Broadway, LA, Las Vegas, and the like. They play various combinations of flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon depending upon their preferences. In that branch of musical careers, the more instruments you play, the more money you can earn because that player will be more versatile and in greater demand. Doublers are also paid extra for each instrument they play in a show. Will these players ever have a career as a virtuoso soloist? Probably not. But there are some amazing players out there who are equally proficient on several instruments. As I said in my previous post, it's all about paying your dues with an active practice regiment on all the instruments the doubler plays (or wants to play). Or, choosing to specialize in one instrument only and try to be the best of these best as a soloist.
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Re: Survey: True or False

Post by Fotofavoloso » Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:35 pm

pied_piper wrote:
Fotofavoloso wrote:Here is a link to an online article that got me thinking about this topic:

http://www.larrykrantz.com/doubling.htm

Mark
..............there are some amazing players out there who are equally proficient on several instruments.
Joe Farrell and Lew Tabacken come to mind...........

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Re: Survey: True or False

Post by Gandalfe » Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:37 pm

There are so many successful doublers out there that I would tag this as false for most players. Now if you said oboe... :shock:
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Re: Survey: True or False

Post by Rossweisse » Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:10 pm

I do say oboe 8) and find oboe does not cause a problem for flute embouchure and would expect sax to be an even easier transition. Remembering not to take in too much air for the oboe after playing flute is An Issue, well, for me anyway. Cheers.
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Re: Survey: True or False

Post by xkaorii » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:39 pm

Rossweisse wrote:I do say oboe 8) and find oboe does not cause a problem for flute embouchure and would expect sax to be an even easier transition. Remembering not to take in too much air for the oboe after playing flute is An Issue, well, for me anyway. Cheers.

AHH, that helped a lot, Im a male flautist but i have been debating on which instrument I want to play instead, I was thinking Oboe or Bassoon, and now I know that Oboe would be better for me, i also heard that i could just use my flute music for my oboe, so that was helpful swell

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