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Lady
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lower B key on my flute

Postby Lady » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:34 am

hello,
i need help with understanding my flute,can you help me please?
sorry, it mind sound totally silly
i received an Armstrong flute from a girl who quit playing. i'm a beginner and still don't have a teacher, trying to learn on my own at the moment.
is there a way to play the lower B with a flute that has only a C roller footjoint? or do i need to buy a new footjoint?

thank you

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pied_piper
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Re: lower B key on my flute

Postby pied_piper » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:15 pm

Yes, we can help.

First, you cannot play a low B on a flute that only has a C footjoint. You generally cannot buy just a footjoint; you must buy a flute that is equipped with a B footjoint.

If you are a beginner, don't worry about trying to play a low B right now. Actually, beginners should not worry about any notes lower than D. Wait until you develop your skills a bit. Then you can work on those really low notes.
"Never give a flute player a screwdriver."
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SylvreKat
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Re: lower B key on my flute

Postby SylvreKat » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:15 pm

What pied said.

Also, most band music, you'll maybe see one song with that low B. I've heard that modern pieces do make more use of it, but the composers also are aware that not everyone has the low B, plus it's typically at least intermediate-level players that can consistently hit it.

So chances are you'll never see a song with that low B for many years. And if you do, you can either skip it or usually play D instead.

Enjoy your "new" flute. And find a teacher before you develop bad habits. Even a good high school flutist can get you started right.

>'Kat
Flutes:
1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel
1982 Armstrong 80
2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:
1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P
1982 Gemeinhardt 4S
1980s (?) Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:
2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199

Plus many many flute-cousins....

SylvreKat
Posts: 133
Joined: Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:56 am
Location: KC metro

Re: lower B key on my flute

Postby SylvreKat » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:16 pm

Say, what model of Armstrong did you get?

>'Kat, just curious as a fellow Armstronger
Flutes:
1975 Gemeinhardt M2 in chrome nickel
1982 Armstrong 80
2006 Yamaha 584

Piccs:
1978 Artley piece of crap 15 P
1982 Gemeinhardt 4S
1980s (?) Armstrong all wood (no model)

Bass:
2006 Jupiter di Medici G0199

Plus many many flute-cousins....


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