I totally agree with Phineas here. I was hit by a drunk driver and lost my front teeth and had the muscles of my upper lip cut through. I was unable to play my flute for years though I tried often. I could make sound but getting consistent tone was difficult. Then I picked up a $20 bamboo flute at a local craft show and started learning to play again. Bamboo is both more forgiving (the wood makes a warmer tone that's harder to make a really cringe-worthy screeching noise) and more difficult in that it doesn't resonate as easily as metal. Easy to start making nice sounds. Harder to make them really well.When I first started playing on an openhole, I tried something un conventional. I practiced on a Tranverse Bamboo flute.
Not only did playing on these instruments improve my open hole playing, but they also help me gain better control of my embrochure. In order to play one of these flutes, you must get use to playing with your hand in an inline hole position(similar to what you would find on most open hole flutes).
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