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by dddiam
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Dark-Toned Flute Brands and Models?
Replies: 3
Views: 10072

Re: Dark-Toned Flute Brands and Models?

The older, thicker-walled, legacy flutes tend to be darker -- strong and rich in the first register. Modern flutes have thinner walls and a thinner lower register sound. They excel in the middle registers. I have a Boston Legacy in mint condition, and I love it. I also had an old, solid silver Gemei...
by dddiam
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Notation for strong t' tonguing
Replies: 0
Views: 1076

Notation for strong t' tonguing

How does one indicate in a score that the first note of a slur is strongly tongued?
Not so much louder, but with a strong, audible, t' sounding articulation.
by dddiam
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Can a flute play a low B flat?
Replies: 20
Views: 38581

Re: Can a flute play a low B flat?

You can play a low Bb on the flute (assuming that you have a B-footjoint). Finger a low B, and bend the note with your embouchure. On most flutes (orchestral or indigenous), you can bend a note down a half-tone. In fact, on the pan flute, all accidentals are obtained by bending a note down a half-to...
by dddiam
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Help with high F#
Replies: 24
Views: 33397

Re: Help with high F# - EXERCISE that might help

I did not realize that playing F#6 was difficult until I read this message thread. What I figured out is that playing F#6 is not difficult if you play it perfectly . It simply does not have a lot of latitude or forgiveness. So I developed an exercise that might help you get a clear high F#. I don't ...
by dddiam
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Playing Tremolo
Replies: 18
Views: 21462

Re: Playing Tremolo

I just found this thread, after posting a question on how one can play the tremolos in Flight of the Bumblebee . https://fluteland.com/board/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=28069 I have heard flute performances, where the tremolos sound just like a buzzing insect. This thread alludes to two techniques, but does...
by dddiam
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Intermediate Flute Playing Tips and Questions
Topic: Flutter tone for Bumblebee
Replies: 1
Views: 5128

Flutter tone for Bumblebee

What is the best way to play the flutter tones (tremolos) in Flight of the Bumblebee ? I have heard performances where the tremolos sound just like a buzzing insect. I do not think that the gargle tone sounds very good. Breath tremolos are too slow, with a slow attack & decay (non-staccato). I canno...
by dddiam
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Di Zhoa handmade? Just not sure about them...
Replies: 2
Views: 6802

Re: Di Zhoa handmade? Just not sure about them...

I once auditioned a couple of Di Zhoa flutes -- a 400 and a 600. They arrived by mail, in impeccable condition. They played beautifully right out of the box! I did not buy them, but that was a matter of personal taste. IMO, they have the best action in the world. Low (minimum travel) and quick. To m...
by dddiam
Sat Jul 06, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Flute Basics
Topic: Help with high F#
Replies: 24
Views: 33397

Re: Help with high F#

There is a flute fingering Android app that I use, which I find indispensable. The app shows 18 different flute fingerings for F#6, plus trill fingerings. For each respective fingering, it tells you whether that fingering is loud or soft, or slightly sharp or slightly flat. Search the Play Store for...
by dddiam
Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Flute Playing and Practicing Basics
Topic: pulled notes?
Replies: 6
Views: 10137

Re: pulled notes?

I tend to develop my best blues flute sounds by listening not to flute recordings, but rather to slow tenor sax recordings, and duplicating the sax sounds as best as I can on the flute. Lots of note bending, and very sensitive dynamics. I use embouchure and rolling the flute rather than rolling the ...
by dddiam
Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: General "Hang-Out" Place
Topic: Best Cleaning Tools?
Replies: 6
Views: 10731

Re: Best Cleaning Tools?

I do not like short cleaning rods. I want to be able to clean my flute during a gig or concert without breaking it down. So I like a full-length flute cleaner. One person in this thread mentioned the "Take-Down Flute Flag", which is $40 and getting harder to find. I have one and, unscrewed, it fits ...
by dddiam
Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:27 pm
Forum: Intermediate and Advanced Flute Topics
Topic: Allegro 471 Series flute
Replies: 12
Views: 25001

Re: Allegro 471 Series flute gold lip plate

Is there any difference in sound between the 471H silver lip plate and the 471HIIAL gold plated lip plate?
by dddiam
Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Flute History and Instruments
Topic: Valgon Rings and Foster Extensions
Replies: 12
Views: 11657

Re: Valgon Rings and Foster Extensions

My flute coach uses two Foster extensions (stacked) on her Brannen-Cooper flute (with "C" footjoint). I can attest that there is a significant increase in volume and projection when she uses the extensions. She uses the extensions when she needs to stand out or project, such as when leading an ensem...