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Author: Rapidcif 
Date:   2011-11-20 19:35

Hi i am a beginner flute player (i started learning last week.) No, i don't have a teacher; i am learning for fun - i enjoy playing instruments a lot.

So i've gotten past the period where i can't make a sound on the flute. Now i can make a sound. The only problem is the notes i play are very dull and soft and i can't sustain them for very long.

So i wanted to ask; what should i practice at this stage of my flute career? Would long tones be beneficial?


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 Re: Beginner
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-06 19:46

Yes, your still not using your air properly I assume. It's not a bad thing, just a normal part of development. Keep playing long tones and simple melodies until your lips get acclimated and develop the right position.

Since you are choosing to develop without a teacher, this could take longer. But I've self taught some instruments with a degree of success, and as a professional flute player, it sounds like you are on track.

Good luck

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 Re: Beginner
Author: Rapidcif 
Date:   2011-12-17 01:20

thanks for the help! i have currently improved to point where i can play long tones from d4-d sharp 5 in chromoatic scale order and hold for 7 seconds each note with a pretty strong sound. However now the problem is, i can get the notes e5 and f5 out, but they tend to last only 2 seconds before you hear a bit of the undertone. I understand the airflow on these notes must be more concentrated, but are there any more drills, tips, or suggestions on getting the higher notes out better? thanks!

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 Re: Beginner
Author: DrewSorensenMusic 
Date:   2011-12-17 20:30

I'm glad you're having success!

If I can give you my honest opinion, it is more important that you extend your range down to the lowest possible note, before proceeding any further up the instrument. Produce a nice, focused but beautiful tone. Get comfortable controlling your air.

However, if you do have a piece you would like to play, and must proceed up before you proceed down, some things you may try:

Blow a thinner stream of air, and direct it further away from you than in the lower notes.

You might also try directing the air toward one side of the embrouchure hole. This may also take away some of the "windiness" if that becomes a problem in tone.

Blow faster air than the lower notes.

I find the E's 4 and 5 difficult notes to control, so be patient.

Long tones always. Also, you can start the tone D5 then proceed to E5 or further in the same breath. This may help to start the tone.

Good luck

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