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by Sneeble
Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:52 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: TUNE IN MY FLUTE
Replies: 23
Views: 12775

Open-holed flutes definitely have a better tone than closed hole, IMO. However, your not being able to tune up with the tape could be because the TAPE is out of tune. Your tape recorder could be playing it at a speed that's making the sound warp. This has happened to me with karaoke tapes - once at ...
by Sneeble
Tue Aug 03, 2004 1:04 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Tips from band camp
Replies: 12
Views: 7633

I usually find that just drinking a little water helps with dry mouth. As for the meal, I never wanted to end up feeling nauseous or gassy during an audition, so I'd just have something light like a granola bar. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :rol...
by Sneeble
Fri Jul 30, 2004 2:04 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Poulenc, Double Tongueing and Gbs - all the good stuff...
Replies: 6
Views: 7121

That's a tough note - and a tough passage. I agree, the best way to conquer it is to go through it slowly. Also, work on that note individually; do harmonics and practice until you can control the note by itself; then work on controlling the volume on the passage. If all else fails, that passage goe...
by Sneeble
Fri Jul 30, 2004 1:58 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: College Audition Piece
Replies: 7
Views: 9891

I personally wouldn't go with Prokofiev. There's too much room for error, and it's one of those pieces that sounds much better with piano. Go with something a bit more "standard" like a Mozart or the Poulenc Sonata. Pick something that shows off your range, but is also technically difficult and melo...
by Sneeble
Fri Jul 30, 2004 1:55 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Finger pain
Replies: 11
Views: 8851

Try not to tense up the right hand - that's where you get pain in your pinky and wrist. Are you playing an openhole flute? Maybe put some plugs back in until you can get a comfortable "stretch." :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :...
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:57 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: F;ute Choir Help
Replies: 1
Views: 3286

F;ute Choir Help

I live in the NYC area and have been playing flute for over 20 years. I'm interested in finding a fun, non-competitive flute choir to join. Though I practice sometimes, I'm busy with my dayjob (I write for a magazine), so I'm not as on top of things as I'd like. I used to be very advanced, but I'm a...
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:49 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: New flute player
Replies: 4
Views: 4769

Congrats on taking up flute! I play clarinet and sax, as well, so I sympathize; getting the mouth position is more difficult on the flute, I think. The trick is to tighten your lips, but not to overblow. One thing I've found that helps is to actually roll your eyes up toward the ceiling as you aim f...
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: What types of music do you play? What Level?
Replies: 4
Views: 5217

I've been playing for over 20 years, so I'm pretty advanced. In high school, I competed at the All-State level, which is top in NY. I tend to like pieces by the French composers - Poulenc, Bozza, Honneger, Debussy. I also like Prokofiev (sp?), Hindemith, Bach.
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:41 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Metronome evil annoyance or helful tool?
Replies: 39
Views: 29678

I find them distracting. Also, the wind-up ones have a tendency to gradually slow down. My teacher used to use a digital one, but the beeping still annoyed me.
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:39 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What are some of your favorite pieces to play ?
Replies: 30
Views: 16264

Some of my favorite pieces:

Debussy's Syrinx
Poulenc Sonata
Hindemith Sonata
Eugene Bozza's Image
J.S. Bach Suite In B Minor (Includes Badenerie)
by Sneeble
Thu Jul 22, 2004 1:36 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Poll- What kind of flute do you have?
Replies: 210
Views: 139816

I have a Yamaha open hole with a B-foot and an Armstrong piccolo.
by Sneeble
Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:51 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: My Flute Rant
Replies: 21
Views: 17467

My Flute Rant

Oh my God, reading your post took me back about 15 years! When I was in high school, I was in serious competition with another flute player, as well (and boy was she mean)! So I practiced and stressed and eventually beat her, but didn't enjoy the experience. Fast forward to college where I stopped c...
by Sneeble
Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:37 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: That "Burning" Left Upper Arm
Replies: 13
Views: 11599

That "Burning" Left Upper Arm

I think it'll mostly takes time to adjust. Your muscles will eventually get used to the position. Try to relax when you play. Sit (or stand) up straight, but don't feel like you have to keep a military stance. If the flute tips a bit, it's still ok. And when you're not playing, even if it's just for...
by Sneeble
Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:31 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: question
Replies: 2
Views: 3528

question

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by Sneeble
Wed Jun 23, 2004 3:26 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Bach's Badinerie
Replies: 4
Views: 4184

Bach's Badinerie

Oh, this is one of my favorite pieces. I can't think of a specific exercise to practice for it - maybe practice playing B minor things. Do scales, arpeggios, until you're comfortable with that scale. Then just play the piece slowly until you're comfortable with it. Separate it into sections and when...