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by LarryS
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: I finally managed to get low C!
Replies: 1
Views: 388

I finally managed to get low C!

I haven't touched my flute in ages,I kind of got despondent thinking it was leaky, but I had another go and something dawned on me. Basically when previously trying to play C I'd been only pressing down on the C roller, with my fingertip. I had a close look at the pad and saw it was fully closing, b...
by LarryS
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Split E mechanism
Replies: 2
Views: 5932

Re: Split E mechanism

I'm just learning about flute so don't know much about the split E but I just found this about it:

http://www.mostlywind.co.uk/splite.html
by LarryS
Thu Jan 23, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 4573

Re: A not so leaky flute!

Thanks piper. It needs to see a tech
by LarryS
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Let's hear it!!
Replies: 24
Views: 23232

Re: Let's hear it!!

Ok its been a while but today I picked up the flute and the song Amazing Grace came into my head (I've played it a few times on recorder and clarinet) Anyway to my surprise I was able to make low D fairly easily. Its just a matter of careful slow breath control. I also have high D now in my toolkit ...
by LarryS
Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: What are these tiny pins for?
Replies: 1
Views: 5141

What are these tiny pins for?

I noticed a few of these pins sticking out of the rails. They pierce the rail but don't connect to anything underneath.
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Also, does the splitting edge of my embouchure hole look thick, or is it normal? Its a cheap beginner flute.

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by LarryS
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 4573

Re: A not so leaky flute!

Well I did a light test, using my phone's torch in a dark room, all holes closed, no leaks! I could see the pads glowing but no light was escaping. I'm convinced its me. The other option I thought of is the headjoint. Its a cheap flute and the embouchure hole might not be as thin or shaped the same ...
by LarryS
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Beware Fake/Counterfeit Yamaha flutes on eBay
Replies: 20
Views: 39166

Re: Beware Fake/Counterfeit Yamaha flutes on eBay

Spotted one of these today, a 211 at a ridiculously low price. Yes I know the 211 is now replaced by the 212 but even so a 'new' 211 would cost more than £117! Same with clarinets. A Buffet B12 at a silly price. Obviously fake, but those not in the know could easily be fooled. If it sounds too good ...
by LarryS
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 4573

Re: A not so leaky flute!

frugal flutist wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:35 am
You should be able to play E flat, if the problem is bad pads in the foot joint!
I need to do a light test. I think the pads are fine though
by LarryS
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: A not so leaky flute!
Replies: 7
Views: 4573

A not so leaky flute!

Well a while ago I put my flute away because I was frustrated by not being able to play the foot notes. I wasn't sure if it was me or if those bottom pads were actually leaking. I convinced myself it was the latter and I put the flute away, possibly permanently. But having recently tested my clarine...
by LarryS
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute newbie age 52
Replies: 3
Views: 4255

Re: Flute newbie age 52

Welcome. I am also a late learner (I'm 53) and I'm finding flute the hardest instrument to learn so far!
by LarryS
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: What is the point of having a low B foot?
Replies: 18
Views: 26520

Re:

Claiken wrote:
Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:08 pm
is there such thing as a closed hole professional flute?
Yes an alto or bass flute 😋
by LarryS
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Let's hear it!!
Replies: 24
Views: 23232

Re: Let's hear it!!

Well I discovered that my cork was loose- the crown was forever coming loose even when not touched. Anyway I got some advice from someone in a Facebook group and used PTFE tape to seal the cork. Its now tight in there with no leaks, and I find it it easier to get high C and low F now. https://youtu....
by LarryS
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Developing your Vibrato...
Replies: 1
Views: 5125

Re: Developing your Vibrato...

Would I use the same technique that I am able to use on my recorders? I kind of move my diaphragm up and down on those instruments.
by LarryS
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Baroque flute players, please help me!
Replies: 4
Views: 6336

Re: Baroque flute players, please help me!

. If it still doesn't sound good, the headjoint cork may be leaking and need to be replaced. Also carefully inspect the headjoint for any cracks in the wood or chips in the embouchure hole. I discovered a tip for detecting a leaky cork today;the suck test. Cover the end of the head joint and try su...
by LarryS
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:22 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: RH thumb position?
Replies: 1
Views: 4286

RH thumb position?

I've been advised that my thumb position is not ideal, and may cause problems later. I tried moving my thumb to the position in the attached image ( marked thumb----> ) but it felt strange.
I've also been pointed towards getting a thumbport. Anyone use those?

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