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doodlebuggey88
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playing higher notes

Post by doodlebuggey88 » Tue Dec 10, 2002 5:21 pm

i''m having trouble w/ the higher notes. how do i
play them well, not make them sound sharp, & know i''m playing it correctly?
Thanks to anyone if they answer this reply, this is my first post here.

Sharony711
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playing higher notes

Post by Sharony711 » Tue Dec 10, 2002 6:43 pm

High notes will usually clear up when you open your
throat. That might sound odd but my teacher said to imagine like your trying to
hold an egg in your throat, that probably sounds even weirder but try it it
might help. Lifting up your chin and your flute helps also, and make sure your
blowing hard enough so you won't get that fuzzy wrong octive sound. Keep
practing them and they will become really clear and easy. Good luck! -Sharon

Sharony711
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playing higher notes

Post by Sharony711 » Tue Dec 10, 2002 6:46 pm

Also practice them with a tuner to make sure your
not going sharp. If your off by a little you can try rolling in or out to make
it better, if your off by a lot your gonna want to adjust your headjoint. Pull
out when your sharp, push in when your flat.

MeLizzard
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playing higher notes

Post by MeLizzard » Tue Dec 10, 2002 10:34 pm

Maybe move lips a bit forward , smaller aperture,
and direct airstream w/center of upper lip...[:)]
"There is no 'Try'; there is only 'Do'."--Yoda

dajon_dj
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Post by dajon_dj » Mon Jan 06, 2003 9:09 pm

If you are asking this question already, you are
well on your way. It's first important to be sure that you are using a "natural
overbite" for playing the lower register (from 3rd space C# down to low B).
Blowing harder into the flute to produce the upper register only creates an
out-of-tune and out-of-context sound (as you mentioned). To play high notes on
the flute requires you to raise the airstream from the lowest angle to a higher
one.The lower jaw begins to move forward, raising the airstream, as the lips
move away from the face and over the embrouchure hole (like when we pronounce
the sound "oo") making the opening of the lips smaller . As we continue to move
we "discover" the point at which the octave (really the 1st partial) "jumps" out
of the flute. Try this slowly while fingering low "f". From the physics of
sound, the 1st partial is exactly in tune with the fundamental. This means that
when we raise the airstream, the sound that jumps out of the flute *without*
speeding up the air, is perfectly in tune. Use a chromatic tuner to see this for
yourself. As you gain more experience you will learn the angle at which the
higher notes will jump out of the flute and how to go there immediately to
produce the upper register. Practice chromatically from low "e" to "low "g" and
back, SLOWLY. Play the lower register louder than the upper register for awhile
and you will break the habit of overblowing the upper register. With a little
practice you'll be on your way. Good luck!
Da
Jon

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