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Kim
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Do you practice sitting or standing ?

Post by Kim » Sat Mar 27, 2004 10:07 am

Well the board seems to have slowed down
once again so I thought it would be a good time to ask a question that I have
been thinking about. When you practice, do you sit or stand ? I usually sit when
practicing. Occasionally I will stand when practicing...but I seem to be able to
concentrate more when sitting (lol probably related to my age) Kim
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Do you practice sitting or standing ?

Post by Katie1089 » Sat Mar 27, 2004 11:11 am

I always practice standing up. My flute
teacher is very big on air support and she says that when you stand, your air
flows better and you can produce a better tone. It works! I have also found
myself asking to audition standing up. In an audition I want to produce the best
tone possible, so I want my air flowing. [:)]
Katie

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Post by Cleartone » Sat Mar 27, 2004 11:48 am

I practice standing up. But, this is
because I perform standing up on a stage, so that is what I am used and need to
be used to. Occasionally I sit down, especially if I am practicing after a long
run. Running is great for air support by the way. I have to agree with the
previous message about air support, however it may be better served to learn how
sit with good posture and breath since most of you play in a large school band
or orchestra where you will perform sitting. Practice in the position you
perform in. Then when performance comes around you will feel comfortable. If you
are in school band and want to enter competitions mix it up

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Post by flutietootie4lyfe » Sat Mar 27, 2004 11:59 am

sitting down DEFINETLY! I have bad knees
and it hurts to stand up for a long time, I do stand up though when I'm
practicing an audition piece(because I audition standing too) and in jazz band
(flutes and trumpets stand) I definetly play way better standing but its too
painful to every time i practice
~Kendall
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one, but she'll pay $5,000 for a gold-plated ladder." --Kathy Russell

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Do you practice sitting or standing ?

Post by sakuramimato » Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:57 pm

[quote] ---------------- On 3/27/2004
10:07:42 AM Well the board seems to have slowed down once again so I thought it
would be a good time to ask a question that I have been thinking about. When you
practice, do you sit or stand ? I usually sit when practicing. Occasionally I
will stand when practicing...but I seem to be able to concentrate more when
sitting (lol probably related to my age) Kim ---------------- [/quote]Depending
on what season it is for band (and throughout the year), I try to balance
between sitting down and standing up now that standing up while playing is
beneficial with marching season. Near the end of the school year, summer, and
during the fall, I usually practice standing up to get prepared for the next
marching season and band camp as well as maintain good posture (standing up) for
honor band auditions so as not to enter an audition room and be in shock that no
chair is available to sit on. I'm still getting used to standing up while
practicing during concert and festival season, but it shows me flaws with
instrument carriage, horn angle, arm position, and upper body carriage that are
important factors when playing the flute during marching season (especially
field performances). If I'm doing practice while standing up for marching
season and preparation (which is only about 30-45 minutes into my practices), I
often practice slides (on a field, your instrument is faced toward the front --
or back sideline if facing backfield -- and your body is turned either to the
left or right while marching; in short, your lower body is turned from your
playing direction) and switches (switching your lower body from left to right
and vice versa while keeping your upper body faced the same direction, or where
the sideline would be). For school band, we've always practiced sitting down
ever since elementary school since it's standard for any school band, so I'm
used to rehearsing sitting down. Although, I've been getting lazy, so my flute
carriage has dropped a bit though carriage isn't as greatly emphasized as in
marching season, holding a flute perpendicular to the ground has been engrained
in the flutists in my band through the four or so months getting yelled at in
marching season for dropping our angles.

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Post by embum79 » Sun Mar 28, 2004 4:21 pm

I practice standing up.. much more freedom
to move and circulate air.
Cheers,
Emily

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Post by dancingflutist3000 » Tue Mar 30, 2004 3:19 pm

I practice standing but of course one of
the reasons is because my chair is piled with clothes! But I do rather like
practicing standing up because I don't have to worry so much about posture and
I can switch music easier because I can just lean over and grab it instead of
having to get up. . .
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Post by krichards » Tue Mar 30, 2004 4:11 pm

[quote] ---------------- I practice
standing but of course one of the reasons is because my chair is piled with
clothes! ---------------- [/quote] Ha! There's an honest answer for ya! [:p]
95% of the time, I stand while playing as I find it gives me better air support.
However, if I'm tired, I've got a bar chair/stool thing that I use. I don't
really sit on it - I just rest my butt on it to take the load of my legs.
Someone earlier mentioned running really helps with air support too. It totally
works for me! When I got back into running a few years back, it really made a
difference - those looooong tones were much easier to hold. Any sort of aerobic
ativity would work I suppose...not to mention that it's just good for you all
around!

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