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Basics of Flute Playing, Tone Production and Fingerings

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Tachugar
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Post by Tachugar » Sat Feb 15, 2003 6:50 am

i''ve been playing for a while now and one thing that really
intregues me is weather to play a b flat with the "F key " or the other back
whole i''ve always been told to use the long one and i prefer the sound too of
this one. but my quetion is .... why does the other one exist and do what do
profesionals use? thanks for any replies [;)]
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long as air exists our notes will be heard. :-D

FluterJenn
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Post by FluterJenn » Sat Feb 15, 2003 11:07 am

hi, I mostly use the key that you dont have to press the F finger
for and I find this much easier, my band director told me last year that it was
a much better way for me to play but im not really sure how it works for
everyone else. once i got used to it it saved time and was much easier to play
with, i just have to remember to switch over to the other key when i want to
play b natural which lately has been giving me trouble as i get into the harder
music. Im not really positive on which is better so does anyone else have any
comments cause im not too sure on this. -Jenn

damjan
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Post by damjan » Sat Feb 15, 2003 1:35 pm

When I play passages, scales or patterns that have a Bb and not B
natural I use the lever key (played with the thumb). It is much easier this way
and the sound is fuller (compared to Bb played with F). However, if I have music
that has both Bb and B natural, for example, playing F - Bb - B natural - F, I
will use the fingering with F (the other one here can be played only slowly).
So, depending on the situation, you will use both. After you master these two,
there is one more way of playing Bb and that is with a small lever key right
above the F key. So, instead of the F key, you would push this key. The
resulting tone quality is the same as if you were playing with your thumb. So,
in passages where you do not have to have you fingers on F right before or after
playing Bb, you can use that key to get a better sound (for example G - Bb - B
natural - G ). I am giving you this information so that you can see as you
develop as a flutist, you will see that there are different ways of facilitating
certain fingerings and passages. My advice is that, for know, you play Bb with a
thumb in keys or passages where you do not have a B natural right around Bb, and
play with the F key when you have passages involving both Bb and B natural. Let
me know if all this helps and is not confusing. Good luck,
Damjan, --- Fluteland.com Teacher

Tachugar
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Post by Tachugar » Sun Feb 16, 2003 10:24 am

i'm sorry but i did not understand basicaly a thing its too much to
swallow!!! HAHA[:bigsmile:] SORRY![:blackeye:]
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Post by damjan » Sun Feb 16, 2003 7:15 pm

Try playing Bb and than B natural. Try it first with moving your
thumb and then try it while playing Bb with F fingering - all you need to do now
is lift and press the index finger of your right hand to alternate between these
notes. I hope this experiment will make it clearer, otherwise you should have
somebody demonstrate it to you visually - it is best that you ask your teacher
to show it to you. Best of luck,
Damjan, --- Fluteland.com Teacher

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Post by Cass » Tue Feb 18, 2003 8:22 am

I do not use the "thumb-only" Bb fingering unless there is no other
choice in a passage of notes. The "F key" fingering has always been stressed in
my band classes and in my beginning private lessons. When a strange passage
comes up that needs that fingering, I use it, but I tend to use the "F key"
fingering more often than not. I, as Damjan did, would suggest speaking with
your teacher for advice. :)
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