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 Second octave
Author: Bo Meyer 
Date:   2006-01-28 10:55

I have been playing saxophone for some years, and are now trying flute. I bought a sterling silver flute (Reynold) on ebay, and I can play it, but how do I go to second octave. On a saxophone you have an octave lever, but what do I do on a flute? Overblow?

For instance G4 and G5 have the same fingerings written?

Looking forward to hearing from you

Kind regards

Bo Meyer

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 RE: Second octave
Author: Flute472 
Date:   2006-01-29 13:41

Well you do kinda overblow it. But the more accurate idea is to use a more rapid airspeed and more support from your diaphragm.

The 1st and 2nd octave both have the same fingerings, but when you reach the 3rd octave, the fingerings are different.

Check out the fingering chart at the top of this site.

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 RE: Second octave
Author: Bo Meyer 
Date:   2006-01-29 14:53

Thanks Flute472!

I have seen that the fingerings were different in third octave.

I guess it is a matter of lip control, and training. I have discovered that if I smile (gently) while blowing the air the air seems to be more focused.

Thanks again!


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 RE: Second octave
Author: Lindsay 
Date:   2006-01-29 19:08

Faster air... Also, some alternate fingerings can be helpful if you're having trouble getting the notes.

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 RE: Second octave
Author: Flute472 
Date:   2006-01-30 05:14

Important: Do not use the smile embouchure!!!!

This is a crucial mistakes that a lot of self-taught or some other flutists make.

If you smile, you are actually tightening your facial muscles and jaw which is need when you are playing, especially when you do octaves.

Your embouchure should be an upside down smile instead of a normal smile.

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 RE: Second octave
Author: Bo Meyer 
Date:   2006-01-31 15:03

Thank you Flute 472!

Important not fall in the same self-taught traps, as I did with my saxophone, it took some years for my teacher to get rid of them!

Thank you!


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 RE: Second octave
Author: Maggie 
Date:   2006-02-01 00:10

I had the same problem when I started... It got really frustrating. But don't give up - I started not being able to get the right note out to being 7th chair in my school's symphonic band. :-)

And Flute472 is right, I've acutally heard the "upside-down" smile embrochure called a "flute player's smile" :-)I would say (since I'm self-taught myself) to work on, along with proper embrochure, proper breath support. I don't know how much of that experience you bring from sax, but it is very very important when getting to really high notes and playing the lyric passages that the flute is most suited for. It's something nobody ever taught me and I'm still struggling with it.

Good luck to you, and I hope you enjoy playing!

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