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by pied_piper
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: New, old beginner
Replies: 2
Views: 92

Re: New, old beginner

Here are a few online resources to help you get started.

Fingering charts:
https://www.wfg.woodwind.org/flute/index.html

General info for beginners:
https://www.jennifercluff.com
https://www.jennifercluff.com/beginn.htm
by pied_piper
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Is the piccolo played the same as the flute?
Replies: 1
Views: 119

Re: Is the piccolo played the same as the flute?

Yes and no. The basic fingering is the same, but there are a number of preferred fingerings that are different than flute. For the lips, they are similar but on the piccolo, the embouchure is much smaller than on flute.
by pied_piper
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Long Time Musician but New to the Flute
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Long Time Musician but New to the Flute

Practicing getting a good sound on the head joint is a useful thing to do. Many teachers start beginners with just the headjoint, so go for it. Regarding replacing the pads, there is a lot more to it than just pulling the old ones out and popping new ones back in their place. Pads have to be shimmed...
by pied_piper
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Selmer Omega Varitone
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Re: Selmer Omega Varitone

That's quite interesting. Selmer didn't make a lot of flutes with the Varitone pickup. Do you have the electronic units that go with it (controller and amplifier)?
by pied_piper
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Identity this flute
Replies: 1
Views: 67

Re: Identity this flute

It's a generic flute of Chinese origin. The engraving style and the black caps on the tenons are dead give-aways that it is Chinese.
by pied_piper
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?
Replies: 1
Views: 349

Re: Do I need my Pinky on certain notes?

Short answer: YES!
Part of the reason is helping to properly balance the flute but it also affects the venting of notes so if the fingering charts show using the pinky, use it.
by pied_piper
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: I finally managed to get low C!
Replies: 1
Views: 394

Re: I finally managed to get low C!

If you get your flute serviced, you'll find lots of things much easier. There is nothing more frustrating to a new player than an instrument that is not working correctly. Even the tiniest of leaks can make the flute difficult to play.
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: can I clean the inside of the flute using rubbing alcohol
Replies: 2
Views: 357

Re: can I clean the inside of the flute using rubbing alcohol

It's safe to wipe down the outside of the headjoint and body with a microfiber or similar soft cloth that has been lightly moistened with alcohol. You can do the same to the inside of the headjoint using a handkerchief-sized cloth on the cleaning rod. You can also clean the inside of the embouchure ...
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Split E Arm; is this OK?
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: Split E Arm; is this OK?

Something does look a bit out of line. It might be bent or there might be a loose screw allowing it to slip out of position.

Can you share some additional photos from different angles/perspectives?
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: When Can I Look for a Flute Teacher?
Replies: 2
Views: 1003

Re: When Can I Look for a Flute Teacher?

I suspect this will vary by region because some areas are having more cases of COVID than others. Call around your area to see what you can find. Try calling music stores, schools, and universities for suggestions. There are are number of teachers offering online lessons. Try a Google search to find...
by pied_piper
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Unusual problem
Replies: 9
Views: 6098

Re: Unusual problem

Glad I could help.
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Unusual problem
Replies: 9
Views: 6098

Re: Unusual problem

Playing the flute is quite different than playing sax. The various registers of the flute are controlled more by embouchure flexibility rather than the oral cavity. You can't think about flute registers in the same way as the sax. Yes, oral cavity is very important for sax altissimo, but not so much...
by pied_piper
Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tongue shape and location when playing
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Tongue shape and location when playing

Yes, but the answer I gave included various vowels used with tonguing. Those different vowels change the oral cavity. I thought that would be obvious.
by pied_piper
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Tongue shape and location when playing
Replies: 3
Views: 740

Re: Tongue shape and location when playing

I also double on Sax, Flute , and Clarinet. For me, tonguing varies with the articulation. Depending upon what I'm playing, my tongue placement will vary a bit but it is usually based upon "too", "tee", "taa", "tuh", "doo", "dee" "daa", or "duh". And, that's not including the variations with double ...