There are many things that could be causing this situation. It could be something as simple as the cut of the headjoint, or a leaky pad. All in all you just have to keep at it.I am an older adult who has been taking flute lessons for approximately 3 years. I have a wonderful flute teacher who is very patient with me. I continue to struggle with tension in my embouchure as I play in the higher register. I can envision how much fun I should be having when playing the flute. However, when I start to play these higher notes, it becomes a chore and I get very discouraged.
I disagree with anyone who puts a time table on a level of ability. Everyone is different, and will progress at different stages. I started out playing the flute as an adult (25 years old). It took me only 6 month's of daily practice to be able to play the full range of the instrument. I have had students that never reach that level for many reasons. The ones that did not progress either had a less than playable instrument, would not practice as instructed or just did not practice as they should. I would persuade your teacher to help you to find a more root cause for your lack of progress, and go from there.My teacher says that it could take as long as 5 years to get the comfort level with my tone, etc.
If you can blow a note, you are officially a flute player!!!!Is it possible that I am just not a flute player?
You and every other serious musician on the face of the earth until they give up playing or die! I have been practicing for 20+ years. Still working on being a better player/teacher.I have invested hours each week with my practicing.
Have you tried just playing the flute and having fun? Now there is a novel concept Play something that you like and the improvements will come faster. Technique/pattern books are not at all that musical most of the time. Find a song/tune/piece you like, and learn how to play it. Then get feed back from your teacher on what to do to make you sound better playing it. Heck, depending on the tune/song/piece, try to learn something by ear even. Could not hurt.I try to listen to my teacher, read books on technique, watch Youtube videos, etc.
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