Need help!

Basics of Flute Playing, Tone Production and Fingerings

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flutes&veggies
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Need help!

Post by flutes&veggies » Wed May 01, 2013 9:54 am

I am having a problem playing a "c" from any other note. Not that I can't play the note but I have trouble knowing where to put my thumb after I take it off the key on the back (sorry, I don't know what to call that yet!) Basically I am afraid of dropping the flute. At the moment I am holding on to it with the grip of a vice as if my life depends on it! :shock: Any help or suggestions anyone can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thanks! :D

zummerzet_lou
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Re: Need help!

Post by zummerzet_lou » Wed May 01, 2013 3:56 pm

There only needs to be 3 points of contact on your flute for balance
1 - your chin
2 - Left hand, index joint
3 - Right hand thumb

Sounds as though you need to go back to basics and try holding the flute in these 3 places (no fingers down).

A vice like grip will lead to problems later on - possible RSI type issues, and also will affect your flexibility, and therefore you won't be able to play as fluid, or fast.

Try this clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngNK7Vp30sQ

flutes&veggies
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Re: Need help!

Post by flutes&veggies » Thu May 02, 2013 1:54 pm

Thanks very much - I will watch it! :D

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