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14 September 2009 @ 09:35 pm

I was wondering where people position their tongues when playing longer notes?

I was playing long notes, and noticed that my tongue was sort of resting on my bottom teeth and pushing against my lower lip (especially in the higher registers). I don't think this is normal, but once I noticed it, every spot I tried to put my tongue felt out of place.
I'll also ask my teacher, but since my next lesson won't be for another week, I thought I'd see what your thought were.
Current Mood: confused
20 August 2009 @ 11:17 am
Hello, I just joined here, and I'm hoping this is the right place to come to for info on my Irish tin whisle, or penny whistle. I've been playing for about a month now and was just curious at the different ways there are to clean a whistle, like how to keep it from getting rusty etc.

29 June 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Last year I purchased a lovely 9K Miyazawa, and posted here about selling my silver flute. Well, I sold my headjoint, but decided to hang on to the flute body until I was sure that I wanted to stick with the Miyazawa. One year later (!!) I am sure that the Miyazawa is what I'm sticking with, and I've put my Sankyo up for sale, and reduced the price! We are moving soon and I'm trying to tie up loose ends while I still have a bit of free time. Body only, no headjoint. In wonderful condition - all who have tried it really love it. Photos and details here: http://celinethackston.com/public/

Contact me here or through the website if you have any questions or would like to arrange for a trial.


17 June 2009 @ 09:48 pm
Hi everyone, I'm looking to buy an irish flute within the next six months. However, I play flute better at a lower octave so I'm better playing at Alto flute, etc than concert flute. Can anyone recommend me an irish flute that is similar to the alto? Erik the Flute Maker makes a "low irish d" flute. Is that reasonable?

(PS I looked in the memories and I couldn't find anything that would help.)


12 June 2009 @ 07:34 pm
I am currently preparing for my Grade 8 flute exam and am havinga few problems reaching the highest C, as it dosen't always sound straight away and the tone quality is poor....

has anyone got any tips ?

07 June 2009 @ 08:36 pm
Hello, I just joined this comm. I took up flute back in March as an adult learner and I'm really enjoying learning. However, I just had a practice and I seem to have lost my G! It was ok on my warm up long notes but then as I was playing I noticed it was very feeble. I did some slurred notes and A and F are fine but G is more or less gone! Is my flute broken or is my brain doing something strange to me. Has this happened to anyone else? It seems strange that A and F are ok as I would have thought if it was a problem with the mechanisms they'd be out somehow, but I don't really know.

Thank you.
Update - My boyfriend fixed it to me. The spring on the A key was loose so he just tightened it. How he worked this out I don't know - simple mechanics apparently. I *will* be a lot more careful with it in future.
05 June 2009 @ 12:01 am
My grandma just died, and I feel like I should play something at the funeral. Any ideas?

EDIT: thanks for the suggestions everyone. I'll look through my music again and see what I have too. :) The funeral is Tuesday, and I'll be playing before the service.
Current Mood: sad
25 May 2009 @ 06:19 pm
Hi everyone,

Breath support has been a problem of mine for a long time now.  For the level of flute playing I am at, my breath support is really pretty poor.  Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how to improve.  I practice long tones, but don't seem to be able to increase the amount of time I can hold a note for.  Thanks for any help you can give!
Current Mood: frustrated
25 May 2009 @ 03:34 pm
I'm a bad flautist.:(  I left my flute in its case, in a dark cupboard for a year.  Now I'm thinking of taking it up again, as I came across my flute while tidying...unfortunately, it's slightly discoloured and needs a good clean.

What's the best way to clean a flute?
19 May 2009 @ 05:49 pm
This is probably a difficult post but I'm hoping for some advice here.

I've always wanted to learn to play either the flute or the violin, and I'm currently at a junction in my life that would allow me to pick up either instrument and invest a lot of time into it. The difficulty is I have no clue where to start and I've found lessons don't really suit my style of learning outside of music, so I'm not really thinking that's the path for me. So I have a few questions and thought I'd ask them here.

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Thank you for your time.