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by pied_piper
Mon Jan 18, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: I would love to learn the history of a flute my mom gave me.
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: I would love to learn the history of a flute my mom gave me.

Gemeinhardt should be able to tell you a bit more about your flute. Here is their contact page:
http://www.gemeinhardt.com/contacts
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Started playing flute after 45 years
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: Started playing flute after 45 years

Good for you and welcome back to the flute! It's best to divide your time between working on fundamentals (scales, rhythm, tone, etc.) and actual songs. That way, you build your skills but also get to work on enjoyable and familiar music too. I highly recommend the Trevor Wye beginner books. I've in...
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 30, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: New flute day!
Replies: 2
Views: 146

Re: New flute day!

Congrats on the new flute. I see that both of the trill pads appear to have small tears in the pad skins. That may not affect playability at the moment, but they are likely to get worse over time. Save yourself some later aggravation and get those tended to soon.
by pied_piper
Fri Dec 25, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Who makes Gear4Music instruments?
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Who makes Gear4Music instruments?

Gear4Music instruments are made in China by one of many unnamed factories. I have not tried their flute but I bought a tenor sax from them and while it is not quite on the same level with more established instrument makers, I found the quality acceptable with only a few small issues (i.e. a key cork...
by pied_piper
Wed Dec 23, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Can a flute play a low B flat?
Replies: 20
Views: 32863

Re: Can a flute play a low B flat?

Another way would be to use a headjoint with a moveable embouchure hole. You slide it up and down as you blow and the pitch rises and falls. A bit expensive though I expect. You just described Robert Dick's Glissando Headjoint for flute. They are available for sale for around $1400. See the video o...
by pied_piper
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Avatar feature broken?
Replies: 1
Views: 321

Re: Avatar feature broken?

I believe it is not initially enabled for new members. After making a few more posts to prove you are not spamming the site, the avatar feature should become enables for you.
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 2513

Re: Questions

Practice time depends upon your current skill level and your goals. Two hours might be a bit long for a beginner but not enough for a professional. If you get tired, STOP. In general, I would recommend devoting half your time to scales and exercises and the other half to actual works of music. Trevo...
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: Neck Pain
Replies: 1
Views: 1797

Re: Neck Pain

Get yourself a real adjustable music stand. If you are not standing up straight while playing, that will make your neck hurt.
by pied_piper
Sun Oct 25, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Altès 26 Studies for Flute (as duets)
Replies: 1
Views: 997

Re: Altès 26 Studies for Flute (as duets)

Nice find. Thanks!
by pied_piper
Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: New, old beginner
Replies: 3
Views: 1066

Re: New, old beginner

Here are a few online resources to help you get started.

Fingering charts:
https://www.wfg.woodwind.org/flute/index.html

General info for beginners:
https://www.jennifercluff.com
https://www.jennifercluff.com/beginn.htm
by pied_piper
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Is the piccolo played the same as the flute?
Replies: 1
Views: 1221

Re: Is the piccolo played the same as the flute?

Yes and no. The basic fingering is the same, but there are a number of preferred fingerings that are different than flute. For the lips, they are similar but on the piccolo, the embouchure is much smaller than on flute.
by pied_piper
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Long Time Musician but New to the Flute
Replies: 4
Views: 863

Re: Long Time Musician but New to the Flute

Practicing getting a good sound on the head joint is a useful thing to do. Many teachers start beginners with just the headjoint, so go for it. Regarding replacing the pads, there is a lot more to it than just pulling the old ones out and popping new ones back in their place. Pads have to be shimmed...