Note Range

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GerryG
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Post by GerryG » Tue Dec 03, 2002 11:17 am

What is the average range of notes in flute music? In other words what
range of notes is usually seen in music - I know there have got to be songs with
the highest C and lowest C but what is the average range for flute? Also, is the
lowest C (just below the staff) referred to as C1? It seems I''ve seen it
referred to as C3 in places? Gerry G

damjan
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Post by damjan » Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:26 am

Gerry, let me first answer your second question - low C on
flute can be referred to as C1 or in more recently C4 (not C3). This goes back
to the piano where the "middle C" is referred to as C1 or C4. This middle C on
the piano is the low C on the flute. Flute music varies but most is let's say
from G1 to G3. The middle register is where the Boehm flute (the metal flute we
play today) is most in tune and has a very brilliant tone. Very low and very
high notes on the flute are hard to play, so do not worry if they do not come as
you want them. With time and practice they will.
Damjan, --- Fluteland.com Teacher

GerryG
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Post by GerryG » Wed Dec 04, 2002 12:47 pm

Thank you, Damjan. I am practicing long tones and realize it
helps. I notice a little problem as I go into the second register. My D2, E2 F2
are a little weak or airy but at times I have a tendency to begin releasing keys
too early. I can see concentration and long tones good fingering techniques will
help. Are there still plans to put lesson plans on the website? Thanks again,
Gerry G

damjan
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Post by damjan » Wed Dec 04, 2002 1:55 pm

D2, E2, and F2 are harder notes to play. They ask for focused
air and might be even harder to play (compared to surrounding tones) on cheaper
flute models. Just keep practicing and they'll get better (especially if you
decide to buy a really good flute one day). Also, remember than when you move
from one note to the other, keep the air going - it is the air that will tie
these notes together (sort of like having two balls attached on one string) and
give it a steady flow. Regarding lesson plans - they should be coming up by the
end of this month, in sections, and they will start from the very basics. All
the best,
Damjan, --- Fluteland.com Teacher

GerryG
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Post by GerryG » Thu Dec 05, 2002 11:51 am

Thanks, Damjan. That's interesting about D2, E2 and F2. This
site is great - I feel like I've learned a lot since I started playing the
flute in October. I look forward to the lesson plans and thanks again for the
explanation on the second register. Gerry G

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