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by embum79
Wed Mar 16, 2005 8:54 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Vibrato on the Flute?
Replies: 9
Views: 9806

Vibrato is one of those things that can be difficult to explain. Some people just pick it up naturally and some people have to learn it from scratch. Vibrato is "simply" a variation in the pitch of the note. If you imagine a note as a long, straight line, vibrato would be a line with the same start ...
by embum79
Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:30 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: PowerLung Trainer
Replies: 3
Views: 4198

I just ordered something called a "breath builder." Been playing flute for 17 years and never tried anything like that... but I recently started practicing again after taking about 6 months off and I am so out of shape. I only got the idea because of when I was in the hospital at one time and after ...
by embum79
Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:27 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: i have a solo and i need ya'll help
Replies: 2
Views: 3148

On the contrary, I find it more helpful to have a looser embouchure in the lower register. The air isn't moving as fast as in the higher register, where you really need to concentrate your airstream. But maybe that's just me.
by embum79
Mon Mar 14, 2005 10:23 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Are Emerson flutes good?
Replies: 7
Views: 8700

what's the difference between the ones made in japan and the ones made in the u.s.? Just curious.
by embum79
Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: To Picc or not to Picc?
Replies: 6
Views: 5520

Yamaha makes good piccolos for beginning picc players. I'm not sure of prices, though.. you'd have to check different places. Emerson also makes some good ones, too.
by embum79
Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:31 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Going Open Hole/Inline After 23 Years -- Any Tips?
Replies: 13
Views: 8109

I don't think there's anything wrong with leaving plugs in. I know for me, the hardest would be the inline g key... I just find the inline positioning very unnatural. The plugs are not going to make an iota of difference in your sound. The biggest change will be the upgrade in quality and possibly t...
by embum79
Thu Mar 10, 2005 6:29 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Maintenance Issues
Replies: 4
Views: 3665

Joaquin, To help alleviate this problem, get some cigarette papers (can be bought anywhere you buy cigarettes). They are very cheap. The papers are very thin and excellent to help with the sticky pads. All you do is take one paper, place it under the key, depress the key once or twice, and take the ...
by embum79
Thu Feb 17, 2005 7:34 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Sonare or Pearl... need a lot of help deciding!
Replies: 4
Views: 5701

The best thing to do is try them both out, loan them if you can, and compare them against each other. There will be some people who prefer Sonare, and some who prefer Pearl.. it all depends on the person playing. The same flute can sound completely different with different players. I wish I could be...
by embum79
Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:20 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Where do I go after the first 12 lessons?
Replies: 11
Views: 6393

You live in the D.C. area? I would think that there would be hundreds of qualified teachers to choose from. Most instructors, in my experience anyway, don't even hold lessons in music stores, they have their own private studios or have them at schools. Some may even be able to travel to your home. I...
by embum79
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:48 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Where do I go after the first 12 lessons?
Replies: 11
Views: 6393

I've never tried video lessons, but I would definitely recommend private, face-to-face lessons. There's just no substitute for hands-on, interactive learning. That way you can not only receive instruction, but just as important--feedback of your playing so you know whether you're applying the skills...
by embum79
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:43 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: losing my skills
Replies: 10
Views: 7041

Do you have a private teacher? This may be a way to accelerate your skills and improve self-esteem.
by embum79
Sun Feb 13, 2005 10:39 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: will my practicing really help me?
Replies: 5
Views: 2907

Ditto everyone else, that you should find a private teacher. Also maybe consider a new instrument (although I don't know what level instrument you have now). I'm on my third flute right now, and the way I decided it was time for a better instrument was when I felt like you do, that I was "stuck" and...
by embum79
Sat Feb 12, 2005 2:59 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Are Emerson flutes good?
Replies: 7
Views: 8700

I used an Emerson from my sophomore year of high school through college; it got me in to the music major! (did not stick with this major, but nonetheless..) I eventually got to the point where I needed a better instrument, but my Emerson was great at the time. I had a model 8 something. Solid silver...
by embum79
Tue Oct 19, 2004 4:05 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Quiet High Notes
Replies: 6
Views: 17238

That's not a stupid question; this is one of the most difficult things to do on flute. What I try to do is imagine my lips pushing out and up, and making the space between my lips much smaller. What this does is help you reach the note, prevent it from going flat, and making it softer, all at the sa...
by embum79
Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Cleaning the Flute
Replies: 11
Views: 13959

I just use a regular old cotton cloth, usually an old t-shirt. It does the job, soaks up the moisture. I also can't see how a silk cloth would do anything. And I would be careful with the silver polish as well. Usually all your flute needs is to be wiped down with a cloth.