Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?

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Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?

Post by Jaronloch » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:55 pm

Hi All,

I am 23 years old, and I haven't played any wind instrument.

I bought a Thomson Flute. I don't think that this is an expensive flute.

I followed all the basic tutorials in youtube. All of them started with just playing a note using the head joint.
And I noticed all of their sound are full. Mine is quite airy, like there's a hissing sound on every note.

Is this normal? I can make the head joint produce sound, both closed and opened.
I can make the Mary had a Little Lamb tune using just the head joint.
But is this the correct sound of the head joint? Any tips on how can I make it sound fuller?

Also, another question. In those tutorial, the starting note is B. But when I try to place my fingers on the same keys the tutor does, It sounded almost like a C#. Is this also normal? Or should I just adjust the head joint?

I am confused right now. Please help. :)

Thank you.

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Re: Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?

Post by zummerzet_lou » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:58 pm

This is just technique ...

The more focused your air stream is, the fuller richer sound you will get. If your airstream is not focused, then the flute will sound thin and airy as less air is actually getting into the headjoint.

Put the headjoint down, raise a palm in front of your face and blow on it. Pucker up and try again. You want to get a cold, directed airstream ...

It takes years and years of dedicated tone practise to get this ... but sounds like you are making a great start.

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Re: Broken Flute or Broken Mouth?

Post by Jaronloch » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:47 am

I see... okay I'll do my best to be better. :)

I just had my flute last August 30, 2014. I guess this is just a beginner's problem.

Also, I can now produce the Solfege but without La Ti and Do.
But still Airy.

Anyway, is there any chance that a head joint can't really produce a full sound?

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