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by blowtorch711
Thu May 28, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Hearing damage...Ear plugs...
Replies: 1
Views: 633

Hearing damage...Ear plugs...

Good news and bad news. So I've been on a long journey (still very much in progress) to get better at playing the flute. I've made some good progress over the past year or so, in one specific area that needed help: playing up through the 3rd octave. The low and middle octaves have been relatively ea...
by blowtorch711
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flutes and COVID19
Replies: 4
Views: 1419

Re: Flutes and COVID19

Thanks, Phineas, for your reply. To be clear, I am self-quarantining (as everyone should be doing now) so I'm not worrying about infecting others, not worrying about catching it from others. I certainly would not pass around any instrument - especially a wind instrument(!) or head joint these days!!...
by blowtorch711
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flutes and COVID19
Replies: 4
Views: 1419

Flutes and COVID19

OK, I had to ask... We now live in the age of the COVID19 pandemic. We are warned about the virus and its ability to survive on various materials. It's said that it can survive on hard surfaces (metals, hard plastics) for at least a few days. On soft materials (paper, cardboard, cloth) for a day or ...
by blowtorch711
Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Is my flute contagious?
Replies: 3
Views: 3450

Re: Is my flute contagious?

Thanks for the reassurance. Now, if I could just coat myself in silver, I'd be all set...
by blowtorch711
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Is my flute contagious?
Replies: 3
Views: 3450

Is my flute contagious?

No, I don't mean to suggest that anyone would ever say that there's anything remotely "contagious" about listening to me play. I'm talking about actual bacteria, viri, and other microscopic nasties that might be all over my instrument. Last week, I was playing duets with a friend, as we do weekly. U...
by blowtorch711
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Playing outside in the cold - bad for instrument?
Replies: 1
Views: 2326

Playing outside in the cold - bad for instrument?

It's Christmastime, and a bit cold where I live (temps are currently right around freezing - it's snowing lightly here on Christmas Eve). I've never played outside before, but thought of maybe going out and playing some Christmas songs. I would avoid being in active precipitation - no standing out i...
by blowtorch711
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Spitty Mouth
Replies: 5
Views: 28279

Re: Spitty Mouth

"Spit" (saliva) or condensation?
by blowtorch711
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Tone and...muscle tone
Replies: 1
Views: 7155

Tone and...muscle tone

I've been thinking about this for some time now and was wondering if this (below) makes any sense. Maybe I'm crazy... Like a lot of you (well, probably everyone), I'm trying to improve my tone - and in my case, there's plenty of room for improvement. I try to play every day, but work, family, life a...
by blowtorch711
Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:17 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Please Help, What kind of flute and style is this?
Replies: 2
Views: 7377

Re: Please Help, What kind of flute and style is this?

One of my favorite recordings of all time Blacknuss.

I can play "aint no sunshine"...but not like Rahsaan (probably nobody can...)
by blowtorch711
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:18 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: New Yamaha Intermediate Flutes
Replies: 3
Views: 3960

Re: New Yamaha Intermediate Flutes

I bought a YFL-517 when I was visiting Tokyo this past February. I chose the 517 because it seemed like the "sweet spot" in the mid-range - not scary expensive, but clearly a quality instrument, hand made in Japan for the Japanese market (not sold in the US AFAIK). It immediately made a very noticea...
by blowtorch711
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: G note not playing at all
Replies: 3
Views: 4777

Re: G note not playing at all

Hello, I just started playing the flute and still getting the hang of it. Right now I can play the B and A notes with little trouble and they do sound accurate. However, once I attempt to play the G note, nothing comes out. It just air. When I slow my air flow speed a lot, I can hear a faint G but ...
by blowtorch711
Mon May 09, 2016 7:43 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Heated flute stand?
Replies: 4
Views: 3492

Re: Heated flute stand?

SylvreKat wrote:What gets me is this idea comes from someone named "blowtorch"....
:mrgreen:
by blowtorch711
Sun May 08, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Heated flute stand?
Replies: 4
Views: 3492

Heated flute stand?

This may be a completely terrible idea, but it just occurred to me: the flute warms noticeably when it's played. You set it down for a few minutes, it quickly cools off. If you're in the middle of a performance (for example, switching between flutes, maybe you have an alto or piccolo part for a few ...
by blowtorch711
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Flute's Sound Dependencey on Material
Replies: 15
Views: 20003

Re: Flute's Sound Dependencey on Material

All I know is this: I've had an old Armstrong 104 for decades (and that I really never played much until about 2 years ago). Although it's been well-maintained, my tone was pretty awful: the very bottom end was weak and whispy, the third octave was beyond my ability to get much beyond screeching. It...
by blowtorch711
Tue Apr 26, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Best Cleaning Tools?
Replies: 6
Views: 9400

Re: Best Cleaning Tools?

Not available. Do they make them to order?