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by pied_piper
Sat May 12, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: I struggle to play the 2/3 lowest notes on my alto flute !
Replies: 3
Views: 102

Re: I struggle to play the 2/3 lowest notes on my alto flute !

It's not unusual to struggle a bit when first switching from C flute to alto flute. The alto requires a looser embouchure so there is a period of adjustment. The C flute also uses a faster air stream than alto, so just relax your lips more than usual and blow gently at first. Practice playing long t...
by pied_piper
Tue May 08, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Lessons in Northwest Connecticut
Replies: 0
Views: 75

Re: Lessons in Northwest Connecticut

Try contacting a nearby University music department, orchestra, musicians union, music store, or even a nearby high school band director. One of those should be able to supply some local names for you to consider.
by pied_piper
Wed May 02, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads

I have no personal experience dealing with Winds101. I've heard both favorable and unfavorable comments. There have been a few mentions of Winds101 and Liz (the owner) on this board. If you search from the Fluteland main page, you should find a few comments. As far as I knew, Winds101 is a small one...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: New flute player
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: New flute player

Well, there really isn't a hard and fast rule. It should be based upon upon "when the student is ready". If you are still learning fingerings, it might be a bit premature to add another new technique. However, since you are aware of vibrato, you might be an exception. I certainly would not stress vi...
by pied_piper
Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads
Replies: 4
Views: 205

Re: Straubinger vs Muramatsu pads

I've played a Muramatsu AD for about 20 years and love it. I've also been to several NFA conventions and regional flute fests and tried a number of the newer Muramatsu flutes as well as other brands. I don't find a great difference between any of the Muramatsu models. Straubinger pads seem to have a...
by pied_piper
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Emerson Flute Found
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: Emerson Flute Found

I believe what you have is a student flute designed for students whose arms are too short for a normal flute.

You probably have something like this (although this one has both straight and curved heads):

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by pied_piper
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: Pad replacement advice
Replies: 1
Views: 121

Re: Pad replacement advice

Well, learning to replace pads in a flute is not as easy as one might think. There is a lot more to it than simply removing the keys and swapping the pads. Flute manufacturers use different size pads so there is a good chance the pad "kit" you bought online may not have all the right sizes you need ...
by pied_piper
Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Can I just buy a flute body?
Replies: 1
Views: 423

Re: Can I just buy a flute body?

It's possible, but rare to find the body only. You might find a used flute without the headjoint, but there are not many and your choices will be poor. A few of the top flute makers will make a flute for you with no headjoint but those are usually top-end flutes and you are probably looking at price...
by pied_piper
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:17 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: New piece for piccolo, piano, with SILENT FILM!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: New piece for piccolo, piano, with SILENT FILM!!!

Thanks! It's a really nice innovative work!!!
(Doh! I didn't have my speakers on. That's why I didn't hear the music... :oops: :oops: :oops: )
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: New piece for piccolo, piano, with SILENT FILM!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: New piece for piccolo, piano, with SILENT FILM!!!

That seems quite interesting. Is there a video or recording of this work?
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Flute Center of New York
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: Flute Center of New York

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm glad you found the "one"! It's always good to hear success stories and good experiences with flute stores. So often we only hear the complaints and bad experiences!

Enjoy fluting!!!
by pied_piper
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:21 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: concert flute pitch
Replies: 1
Views: 169

Re: concert flute pitch

For a flute to play properly in tune with itself and others at the various pitches you listed, the flutes are (or should be) built differently. The entire flute should be a different length and the tone hole spacing should be different. We are talking very small fractions of an inch difference in th...
by pied_piper
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Flute Repair and Maintenance
Topic: flute dents
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: flute dents

Dents happen and there is no need to be embarrassed. The main lesson to learn from this is to be careful handling the flute. If you are near others who are careless or clumsy, then be sure to take extra care that someone else does not bump your flute. From your description, I suspect it can be easil...
by pied_piper
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: What Flute should i get?
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: What Flute should i get?

OK, great. No one can tell you what is the best flute for you, but we can help guide you. I'd suggest starting by reading thru the Fluteland FAQ: http://www.fluteland.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=5859 The FAQ will give you some things to think about in terms of features and options for flutes. Afte...
by pied_piper
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Flute Cases (Bam, Wiseman, etc.)
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Flute Cases (Bam, Wiseman, etc.)

Well, my Muramatsu is still in it's original case so I can't share any personal experience, but a pro symphony flutist friend has one of the Wiseman Flute & Piccolo cases and loves it. She has had it several years and it has held up well.

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