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by pied_piper
Fri May 11, 2007 8:57 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Doubling on Clarinet
Replies: 11
Views: 7388

When playing clarinet or sax, most of the actual lower lip is folded in over the lower teeth. Be careful to not bite too hard and make your lower lip sore - that would be detrimental to your flute embouchure. The fingerings for the middle register of the clarinet are somewhat similar to flute finger...
by pied_piper
Sat May 05, 2007 6:32 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Irish tunes
Replies: 18
Views: 15214

Look for an instruction book or book of music for the tin whistle. You can't get more Irish than the tin whistle! Most books of this type are full of simple Irish tunes and the range is perfect for the flute. Some books even offer suggestions on some of the embellishments mentioned in a previous pos...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 19, 2007 3:34 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Marching Shows
Replies: 10
Views: 7391

Not sure if this is related, but in the late 60s-early 70s, there was a band named Chase. It was sort of like Chicago or Blood, Sweat, and Tears but mostly trumpets playing up in the stratosphere and it was very high energy rock with a bit of jazz influence infused. Maybe it's a tribute to their mus...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 19, 2007 2:54 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Bubble-headed piccolos
Replies: 11
Views: 8522

The YPC-62 is pretty sweet for an intermediate-to-semi-pro grade picc. I have one and it sure beats the old banged-up silver plated Armstrong that I used to play. :lol: I don't play picc often enough to justify a true pro-grade picc, so the YPC-62 was a just-right fit for me and my needs. It's great...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 16, 2007 10:32 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Practice Time Poll
Replies: 62
Views: 43054

I always found it helpful to coordinate scales, studies, and musical works in the same key. For example, if you are working on a piece in the key of D, then preface that with a bit of work on the D scale and etudes in D. That seems to make a lot of sense because you develop a bit of synergy so that ...
by pied_piper
Sun Apr 15, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: WhErE iZ eVeRyOnE fRoM!?
Replies: 114
Views: 81531

Chesapeake, VA
by pied_piper
Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:07 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: being ahead
Replies: 35
Views: 29375

Many times the first part is melody and any decent player can usually play it. Sometimes, the second part carries an important countermelody or has notes that are crucial to the chordal structure. Music frequently needs things these additional elements to keep it interesting. Perhaps the band direct...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 05, 2007 8:23 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: flute pitch?
Replies: 14
Views: 9772

Fluteguy, your theory isn't necessarily wrong. I was offering some other possibilities for the pitch change on CDs. You mentioned MP3s, and that's a whole different issue because of the compression. There are a number of different compression algorithms. Some are lossy while others are lossless. MP3...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: very random question
Replies: 11
Views: 7479

I've had pretty good results using the strips. Granted they don't totally stop tarnish, but for me it slows it down quite a bit. My flute is 8 years old and it's just now beginning to show a bit of tarnish around the toneholes and posts. I've never had it in the shop for a COA; I do all of my own ma...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: very random question
Replies: 11
Views: 7479

... and get some 3M Anti-Tarnish Strips. They're available at many music stores for around $5-6 per pack. Put a fresh one in the case at least every 6 months and it will help keep the tarnish away! Far easier than trying to polish...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 05, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: flute pitch?
Replies: 14
Views: 9772

flute pitch?

There are many factors that can affect recorded sound and the resulting playback. When music is recorded onto a CD, it normally is not compressed. It IS digitized, but not compressed. Compression can introduce inaccuracies, but that is generally heard as distortion rather than a change in frequency....
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:20 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Orpheus Flutes
Replies: 127
Views: 101518

Orpheus Flutes

At this point, it sounds like the instrument is just very unstable. Have you tried oiling the bore? As a reference, I'll point you to an interesting online article that describes a semi-scientific approach to studying the benefits of oiling a wooden insrument bore: http://www.naylors-woodwind-repair...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:45 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Piano
Replies: 4
Views: 4279

Piano

I majored in Music Ed (Intrumental) and when I started, I had virtually no piano background. I knew notes of the keys, but that was about it. Since this is a flute board, I'll assume that you will concentrate in instrumental music. While piano is very essential for a choral major, it's also extremel...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:48 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Is piccolo necessary to learn?
Replies: 5
Views: 4264

Is piccolo necessary to learn?

Learning the piccolo can provide benefits to your flute playing. I found that playing the piccolo improved my flute embouchure especially in the top octave. The piccolo embouchure is smaller and less forgiving to variation than on the flute. When I started getting a better piccolo sound, my flute up...