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 Re: Doing good on clarinet and sax.....Then I tried flute......
Author: sfalexi 
Date:   2017-02-13 08:18

Just an update...

I've taken two lessons, and will continue to try to take weekly 1/2 lessons.
I've fixed a couple things with the teacher. I THOUGHT I was positioning the tone hole correctly, but it was too far rolled in. It's now much flatter. Due to my lower lip, we've decided that it's best for me to put the lip plate on the red of the lower lip (not just beneath it like someone with thinner lips might do), and to push gently against the thick lip making it a sort of "pad" for the lip plate. I'm VERY happy with my lower notes and the resonance I'm getting, but I'm still hit or miss with the upper notes.

I THINK my aperture is a little too big, and also I need to feel more comfortable directing the air. There are moments of me being able to play the range nicely and fully, and being able to alternate between lower and upper registers of a certain note easily, but those moments are few, far between, and brief. [bBUT those moments have happened, so I know it's POSSIBLE, and I just need to analyze what made it happen the next time it happens so I can try to replicate it.

BJ, I'm definitely going to do the community band thing. Probably will practice until I leave GA in 2018 and do a community band wherever I go to next to keep working on those flute chops.

Matthew, even though your advice is stuff the teacher did tell me, that doesn't mean it is easy to do! That first finger up on the D and Eb is such an easy concept, but my muscle memory is REALLY making it hard for me! I need to consciously think of it EVERY time I transition to those notes!

Alexi

Small Group Leader
US Army School of Music NCO Academy


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