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It depends on the source of the music, but I can think of two ways to do this. If I remember correctly, they can both be accomplished with Finale and Sibelius. If the source is Sheet Music: You are going to need to scan the music and use OCR software meant for music. Sibelius has a program called Photoscore that will do this. If the music is available ...


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I think if one wanted to be a concert pianist or part of a symphony or something, there's no question that one should get a good teacher. Precision is necessary in these areas, and precision is exceptionally difficult to teach oneself. As well, you might never be exposed to some concepts through picking up things on your own that a teacher would deem ...


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Generally, yes, it is considered less-than-ideal performance practice for a few reasons: It is distracting to the audience. It takes away from the character of the music (unless it's notated in there.) Hearing a performer take a breath indicates that they are straining, restricting the amount of airflow they intake, and as such, are breathing ...


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Offset-G flutes are very common, certainly for beginners, but also for advanced and professional players. The position of the keys makes no difference to the sound produced. Few would say that there is much difference between inline/offline other than ergonomics. Offset is more comfortable for most people, but if your nephew develops long fingers later in ...


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Is the quality of online lesson good? With very detailed, in-depth instructions like Youtube:ProfessorV's Violin lessons, one can confidently start learning an instrument. (find something similar for your instrument) Are you aware of your mistakes? Would you know if your posture is wrong or stressing some of your muscles unnecessarily? Could you detect ...


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The support of the flute is primarily a balance between the lip plate as it contacts your face and the rest of your fingers on the keys, using the heel of the first finger of your left hand as a fulcrum. One of the "key" things to understand about this is that there are no notes on the flute with a completely open fingering. The right hand pinky rests on a ...


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Wiping your instrument down when you put it away will prevent tarnish caused by the oils from your skin. For other tarnish, a silver polishing cloth can work wonders (mine cost about $12), if you have a silver-plated flute. Keep in mind that using the cloth does wear a bit of the plating off, so using one too much will leave you with a rather dull nickel ...


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Tips on proper flute embouchure: Aperture (space between your lips) should look like a flat football. Use a mirror! Think of whistling = corners of mouth together and open aperture, then bring corners back and down (like a frown.) Lips should be smooth so air stream can be smooth. Aim air stream for edge on the far side of the opening (that's where the air ...


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If you enjoy classical, ethnic or folk music, go for the recorder. However, as you say you like rock, I'd say the harmonica is more common for this genre. Also, since you're playing at parties, I'd also choose the harmonica because it is louder than the recorder. Harmonica It's simple, but like any instrument it gets more complicated as your learn more, ...


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From learning the flute as a kid, I would say that you will probably benefit from an instructor. But I don't think you need to see the instructor very often. If you can get to an instructor once every couple of months to make sure you aren't making any mistakes in your basic technique, that is probably enough. So maybe instead of an instructor, you can call ...


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For a beginner, especially with small hands, definitely an offset-G. When you are first learning, you don't need the added distraction of awkwardly reaching for the key. What the student will end up doing is playing the edge of the key, and that habit is very difficult to break. I have heard it said that "professional" flutes are inline, but I have seen ...


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If you are learning a wind instrument for the first time, I would recommend that you start with the C flute. A couple of reasons: Alto flute, as well as piccolo, is typically a doubler instrument. Flautists train and become proficient on C flute first, and then extend out to the piccolo or alto flute when the literature requires it (they don't switch ...


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I would add to @jjmusicnotes answer that if you can hear the breath, then something is likely interfering with your intake of breath - which is not good. One of my old instructors said "Think 'HO' in reverse". This means to shape your throat and mouth into the same shape as when you say 'HO' and then breath in. Try it!


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I am a slightly advanced amateur flautist and I am happy to own an alto flute (Pearl PFA201). I find its sound more 'meditative' as the sound of a C flute, especially in the low register. You might want to know about these two differences: As Michael said, an alto flute needs more air. When you are starting to learn to play the flute, you need quite a lot ...


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I am a new flute student (C-flute) and from what I gather from the books I'm using AND my own personal experience is that it's more difficult for beginning to learn to play low notes on a flute than high ones. Many/most music stores allow you to test out an instrument before you purchase it. Try and find a store that carries an alto flute and give it a ...


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Generally with this duo, I would tend to write more with the fife in mind, and not worry so much about the fiddle player. If you are talking about concert D and G as keys, those are great keys for violin in a small group or solo setting, because they will very likely give you some open string double stop availability (violin is tuned in 5ths: G - D - A - E). ...


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Musicians in a limited geographic area usually know one another. If you know any, then ask them about any music schools in the area, about where they studied, about their teachers, etc. Even if none of them play the flute they might know someone that does and might be able to help you. If you don't know any other musicians in the area then go meet some! ...


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There's lots of composition software that you can use to grab groups of notes and transpose them all up. (Finale comes to mind). However, you do this within a specific file format. "Sheet music" doesn't have a specific file format. It's often PDF, but PDF is designed for graphical layout and not for being read by music software. So you can't do this in ...


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The first question I would ask is which recorder are you playing on? The soprano and tenor recorders can go as low as C and the sopranino and alto recorders go down to low F. In the link you shared, I believe they are discussing an alto recorder. That being said, if you want to finger a low A on an alto recorder, cover the left hand holes as described in the ...


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For the silver there is no problem. You'll have more work to get it shiny and can reduce the amount of work needed before putting it into use again, by using a silver cleaning cloth from time to time. Liquid agents are difficult to apply, so that the pads don't get in contact. For the pads, unfortunately, there is not much you can do beside avoiding damp or ...


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Have you tried contacting the local high school band teacher? Nearly every high school in America has a band program, and those band programs have flute players. Music teachers usually (should) have a list of private instructors they will refer excellent students to for private and summer instruction. They'll likely be more or less local, too, since busy ...


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You're right to be aware of your breathing, it really is the core of flute playing and so much depends on it. Firstly, I wouldn't worry too much about the sound. Most people would agree it is preferable to not make a sound whilst breathing, simply because it sounds nicer. The thing I would encourage you to check is that you are "tummy breathing". Place ...


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The mere existence of that thrill key is an indication, that there is a problem with the combination in question. Therefore the standard fingerings are unlikely to be combinable in sufficient speed and/or tone quality. For bassoon (I'm better acquainted with) there are special fingering tables for trills and it is more likely that they are different than the ...


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A "real" flute player might have better insights, but you are certainly not alone in having difficulties with the lower notes. A few things to check: Ensure that the pads are not leaking somewhere. There are a variety of ways to check, but depending where you got the instrument and its overall condition, leaks are likely unless you have had the ...


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I took 4-5 years of lessons starting at age 8 before dropping them, and here is my information. You don't have to have a teacher every week for a year or more like some people do. You might do well to get started on your own and then have a teacher for about a month to check that you are on course. It is up to you and in this point of view you will probably ...


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Making some assumptions here: you're talking about a transverse flute whose playing technique is similar to that of a typical C flute. If by "different sounds" you mean "different pitches", then read below. Otherwise, if you are either getting a good tone or not getting a good tone, that's just going to take practice until you can play a good tone reliably. ...


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The direction of your airstream influences the octave produced by the flute. For low notes, you need to aim the airstream down, and for high notes you need to aim the airsream up. You are achieving this same effect by tilting the flute inwards- you are aiming the airstream up relative to the lip plate by moving the flute. The change in direction is small, ...


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Be sure to keep your posture correct, as you might not be holding up your arms high enough so the flute is horizontal (putting enough vertical pressure to your lips with your flute). Also clean your mouthpiece and make sure it is not oily or slippery. Cleaning it with a silver clean cloth is good for the silver, but might leave some oily residue. The same ...


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Practice. Specifically, practice long tones so you can concentrate on nothing but the sound quality. At least for a while, don't worry about the attack (start of the note) either, as that's a tricky thing all its own. Make small adjustments to your embouchure and mouthpiece "roll" to see what leads to the cleanest sound. Then keep doing long tones to ...


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Per a tutorial on Youtube, "How to Hold the Flute" (by OnlineBandTeacher): ...hold the flute with your right pinky, right thumb and left thumb... You can see him demonstrate this right around 4:05 in the video (though, it looks like he is holding it with both thumbs and both pinkies).



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