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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000394.txt from 1999/04

From: "Hiroshi Nagatsuma" <hiroshi@-----.jp>
Subj: RE: [kl] 8-year old wants to play the flute
Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 00:17:12 -0400

I recommend this homepage of Larry Kranz to read and consult.
http://user.uniserve.com/~lwk/welcome.htm

My personal opinion:
1)At first put only left hand thum and pointing finger.Put right hand onl=
y
to hold the flute.This is the easiest holding position and to emit tone(B=
).
2)Consideration should be made that at the edge(far side) the breath is
divided equally to outside and inside.The embouchure width is about 8mm(v=
ery
small aperture) and its ideal shape is flat oval.

Good book:Trevor Wye's books are at present the best, I think. Available =
at
Flute World.
http://www.fluteworld.com/

After succesfully emitting a tone,flute is easy afterward and it becomes
very difficult if a player seeks real tones,intonation,and expressions li=
ke
every other instruments.
Flute sounds like a beautiful lady's voice and a joy to play.

Hiroshi

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=93=FA=8E=9E : Wednesday, April 07, 1999 11:05 AM
=8C=8F=96=BC : [kl] 8-year old wants to play the flute

>Hi! I'm a clarinetist--I used to be subscribed to this list as
>DHmorgan@-----.com but I set up an account just for clarinet stuff:
>SkweekyDon@-----.
>
>I went to the music store Easter Weekend and showed my eight-year old
nephew
>all the wood winds they'd let me play. After we got home he told his
father
>he wants to learn to play the 'flute or the piccolo'!
>
>Anyway, when I taught piano I said that a kid is ready to start when he/=
she
>wants to start. What counts is the desire to play, not some abstract
average
>date for the introduction of musical education. But even a three-year o=
ld
>can extend a finger and hit a piano key--and gain tremendous satisfactio=
n
>from it. Seeing him try to make a sound on a flute--and not succeed--ma=
de
me
>wonder--is it ever too early to start a woodwind? He's in second grade-=
-I
>started piano at that age, but I didn't start playing sax until Fifth.
>
>What's the conventional wisdom?
>
>Thanks in advance.
>
>Don
>
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