Your info on the Gemein embouchure is another much needed lightbulb above my head! I never even considered or thought about my embouchure being so totally set to my current flute!flutepicc06 wrote:One thing to consider in play testing is that you may not want to play your flute for a week or so before you actually test the flutes. You want your embouchure to be adaptable to the flutes, not set on however you usually play. Gemeinhardts especially require a somewhat different embouchure from other flutes, and it will take a bit of time to learn how to play a different flute well. Even staying within the same brand name, it can take a couple of weeks or longer to adjust to the flute and get it's best from it.
This makes total sense though. In fact I should have realized this on my own.
One of my friends plays and makes various asian style (wooden/clay/bamboo) flutes. He is truly amazing and plays various shapes and sizes of transverse and shakuhachi (end blown) flutes.
I am a hopeless case when I try to play these foreign objects, despite close to thirty years of silver flute tooting!!
My first flute was a Bundy flute. I wish I still had it so I could compare the Gemeinhardt with the Bundy. I like the sound of the Gemein much better than I ever remember hearing come out of the Bundy. (I was fluteless for three years) The Gemein flute is a fairly recent addition to my life and I am a little more appreciative and have different reasons for playing now. I find daily practice very relaxing and rewarding.
There are so many wonderful tools to promote and encourage practice now that I never imigined when I first picked up my Bundy way back in the 1970's. One of my choice tools is Finale Notepad program (a freeware program). The cds and computer tutorials, and tuners are also fun...and the internet! What a great thing this is!
Perhaps, if these things existed in my first days of flute study...along with my wonderful flute teacher (she was a member of the teaching staff at public school and I received semiprivate lessons with her for 4 years!). Our special class (of 2-5 flute students) met three times a week. I found a different situation in the jr/high school experience. The 'band/orchestra' teacher knew nothing of flute and that was it. I was so bored.
It is difficult to say...as I think the schools were beginning to cut music and arts programs...in early 80's and so...the transitions continue...maybe this online space...can hopefully help fill the gap for new music students, by offering comradery, encouragement and insights from others who share the joy and appreciation in playing flute.
I feel like a new student all over again when I read your posts.
I'm writing another long
winded piece here.
Thanks so much for the embouchure info on Gemein...I am looking to purchase a used or new alto or base flute...
(I really find the high register on the gemein a bit taxing on the ears and hope)
Do you know if the embouchure issues with the gemein...affect the high register on the gemein...on mine...up to d3 is fine, eb3, g3, a3 are ok but E3 and F3 are (shudder) less than pleasant to play and to hear for bystanders...especially my cat!
Thanks again for the thoughtful posts