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by Arianna
Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: keeping piccolo warm?
Replies: 10
Views: 7949

Maybe I wasn't clear...that is the strange thing about writing. I only mean the headjoint. I just put it between my legs. NOT THE KEYS. That would be bad. With a wood piccolo (any wood instrument) I was taught that if it is cold you want to both warm up the outside, along with warming up the inside....
by Arianna
Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:17 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: keeping piccolo warm?
Replies: 10
Views: 7949

This is going to sound crazy,but gently put the headjoint under your leg. I do this (I am very careful not to catch the keys in any odd way...sometimes, I even put a cloth down too). Your body heat will warm it. Ideally, I like to put it between my crossed legs...this way, it has leg on each side. H...
by Arianna
Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Looking for a new flute
Replies: 6
Views: 4175

I had always heard Muramatsu's raved about. However, keep an open mind. I loved the mechanism on them (so smooth and buttery) but I hated my tone. When I tried new flutes about 6 months ago, I had it down to a Miyazawa and a Powell. I ended up with the Powell, but the Miyazawa was a great flute. I h...
by Arianna
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:07 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Not One but TWO new flutes?
Replies: 28
Views: 10742

Personally, I feel like you can outgrow a flute. I feel like I became limited by my Sankyo. The mechanism was getting clunky and I couldn't get as much out of it as I once felt that I could (therefore, I grew in playing...it didn't diminish). However, that was after 10 years of both high level colle...
by Arianna
Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Not One but TWO new flutes?
Replies: 28
Views: 10742

I know I am a little late to this thread...but here is my 2cents anyways. I played on a Sankyo Silver Sonic for 10 years and just bought a Powell. Changing mechanism was a big process (not to mention I went from inline to offset and got a C# trill key). It took several weeks/months of intense techni...
by Arianna
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: When about do they...
Replies: 5
Views: 3003

I started in 8th grade on piccolo. Most schools around me (Georgia) start in middle school. I do agree that a good foundation of flute is best.
by Arianna
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Would a specific section on repertoire be useful?
Replies: 2
Views: 1805

I would be in for some good ol' Baroque interpretation talking! I studied Bach a lot in college, but continue to find so many different and diverse opinions on it. I think it could also be a neat idea to have a piece of the month (for various levels of course) and work on it (or re-work) and discuss...
by Arianna
Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: I get so tense I sound bad... please help
Replies: 2
Views: 2977

I have read this in a couple of places, heard in in masterclasses, and tried it...seems crazy, but try it:
Practice on a pilates ball and/or squat on your high notes. It engages your core muscles and release tension in the neck and back.
by Arianna
Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:04 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Lower register used to be easy - now difficult???
Replies: 8
Views: 6783

Well, since you are going into the high register (and depending how your teacher is telling you to do it) you may be aiming your airstream too high and too fast. Sometimes people get stuck in high note techniques. If this is so, try slowing your air down and aiming more towards your elbow. I like to...
by Arianna
Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: How to adjust headjoint fit to body
Replies: 13
Views: 12621

really, the head is adjusted? I have heard so many different things on that. My headjoint maker adjusted the head (but, then again, he made it, so who am I to complain). But, I heard from a local Powell dealer that it is better to adjust the body. Just realized I can gain some good knowledge from th...
by Arianna
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:08 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: How to adjust headjoint fit to body
Replies: 13
Views: 12621

Cheap way: use plumbers tape. They can also put something in the barrel from what I understand.
by Arianna
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Graduate student struggling with embouchure
Replies: 7
Views: 10999

I know what you are going though...however, I don't know anything to say about that upper lip stuff! That is one I never heard. But, I thought I would let you know you are not alone. When I went through college it was that I smiled/pulled corners too much. Then I was supposed to frown with one teach...
by Arianna
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:25 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Strange question..about wrists
Replies: 1
Views: 1375

Hum...I think my pinky and ring fingers curve very slightly...I don't know the bone thing you are talking about. Try this (I learned it at a class with Patricia George, you may want to google her or try to attend a body mapping workshop): When putting your fingers on the flute, try adding the pinky ...
by Arianna
Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:48 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: What to do with a beat up student flute?
Replies: 5
Views: 2565

I made mine into a flute lamp for my studio. It is a great conversation piece and it lets me keep it for sentimental value.
by Arianna
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:37 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Allegro 471 Series flute
Replies: 12
Views: 23417

Yes, I know all those things are available on the 400 series. The thing I was trying to make clear is that you don't have some options on the 471. It only comes offset, w/split e, and gold lip/inside. I personally hate split e keys...so this would never be a choice I would use. I do have some studen...