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I started on clarinet, then moved to bass clarinet, and after that, tenor sax. I then took a hiatus from formal music education and took up the fife. And from there, I took up piccolo once I got back into music formally. I was making sounds on the piccolo on day one, after an hour or two of airy noise. The music shop and a flute-playing friend told me to ...


When I hear a student with a fuzzy tone, it's usually because they haven't formed their embouchure very well yet. It took me a couple of years to get a clear tone on the flute. Don't get discouraged! Practice in front of the mirror. Keep doing long tone exercises with just your headjoint. Try to experiment with the aperture, pressure (not too much), and ...

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