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jocala
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lower notes

Post by jocala » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:41 pm

Hello Flutists,

I'm a flute noob, but will not be able to get instruction until January. My background is Jr. High and High School Band, Clarinet, six years total. Over 50 years ago :)

My instrument is a Yamaha 225S, with a complete technician repad/rebuild, newly done. The book I'm using is Essential Elements for Band, Flute Book 1. I'm working through it, playing a minimum of 1 hour daily.

My question is regarding lower notes, starting with D and below. My notes have no clarity or volume, they sound like a very breathy note blown over a bottle top. Is mastery of these lower notes something that comes with time, or is there a problem with my form a teacher will have to correct?

Thanks for any feedback.

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Re: lower notes

Post by Gandalfe » Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:27 pm

Voicing certain notes on any instrument can be tough. You can work on them by starting with long notes, starting softly and crescendoing to a forte in four beats and the decrescendoing to piano again in four beats. Then go the the next lower note chromatically. If you do this regularly for a week, I'd be surprised if you didn't find improvement. An instructor can help with embouchure and tongue position tricks too. A good instructor can really speed up your progress in these and other challenges with the instrument.
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Re: lower notes

Post by jocala » Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Thanks! I'm putting in an hour of practice daily and looking forward to starting lessons in January. I'll certainly give your advice a try.

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