Tips on Picking up the Flute Again

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Tips on Picking up the Flute Again

Post by jjjessecj »

Hello fellow flautists,

I played flute for roughly two years and excelled extremely fast. I reached an AMEB grade 7 in that time, and performed for my final examinations at high school with a near perfect score. However, at the end of last year I decided that instead of music I wanted to study writing at university; which I have been enjoying for the last 3 months. But I would really love to get back into the swing of playing flute again, and I really want to join a great youth orchestra here in Melbourne.
So my question is, does anyone know of any great ways to start playing again (without a teacher) to both quickly reach my previous point of skill, and to continue progressing? I'm sure I could pick it up pretty quickly, but seven months of not playing is a long time and I really feel that my dexterity and tone will take a while to develop again. So do you have any tips?

Thanks heaps, Jesse. :)

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Re: Tips on Picking up the Flute Again

Post by Classitar »

Welcome Jesse!
Good luck with your efforts.
There a lot of basics practices that can help - tone production - scales / arpeggios - sight reading ..
Mostly though, play what you like - that might help make sure you put the time in

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Re: Tips on Picking up the Flute Again

Post by SylvreKat »

Did you happen to keep any of your old lesson books? I would start back on those. I'd even whip through some of the earlier learners, just to determine where my skill currently are. Then go between those exercises and songs you enjoyed in jr hi. And keep progressing through your h.s. studies/songs. With a little dedication, you'll be back where you were before pretty quickly.

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Re: Tips on Picking up the Flute Again

Post by Gandalfe »

There are some lovely online flute lessons to that you might explore. Enjoy the new project. :)
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