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I play both the flute and piccolo, so my answer is completely based off of personal experience. In my opinion, the piccolo and flute are completely different. The only thing that's similar about the two is fingering. I suggest memorizing the piccolo fingering if you just want to play piccolo, since the piccolo does not have some of the keys that a flute ...


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I'm going to assume that you've already checked your flute to see if it needs repairs. Here are a few tips I can give you to improve your output of low notes (I've been playing the flute for about 6 years, so I used to encounter these issues in the beginning too): Practice the lower notes: If you are adapting your sheet music to an octave higher, then ...


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From the perspective of a music educator: the flute would be much easier to learn proper embouchure fundamentals on, as, with the lower pitch, it's more more forgiving. During my college days, I picked up the flute quite quickly, but I had a difficult time achieving a good tone on the piccolo. That said, it would not be impossible to learn on it's own, just ...


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Depends on your frustration tolerance. Piccolo has a more challenging embouchure than flute, but you know what? Fife has a much more demanding embouchure than either, and I learned fife first. This meant it was about six weeks of assiduous blowing making nothing but a "wwwwfffff" sound, before I actually got a noise out of it. Another week or two before ...


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This is a seriously overengineered solution. Like several others stated, you should really invest in actual musician earplugs which are designed for attenuating with a constant frequency response rather than focusing on the most "disturbing" frequencies which also happen to be the most important ones for, well, not being annoying to the audience. Yes, they ...


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I play the flute too, so I DEFINITELY can relate to what you mean by how hard it is to play those low notes. I still have trouble playing low notes, like the low C, but there are a couple simple tips I use when playing them. 1) Tilt the flute, preferably closer to you as you play each low note. For me, it helps if I slightly tilt the flute closer to me. ...


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How low are we talking? Flute gets naturally weaker at the bottom, so this is pretty typical. You need to blow the air lower and more gently. Think "wide air stream".


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You could try "musicians ear plugs" as commented by @slim. This is not mic/amp, but earplugs that reduce all frequences equally so the sound is not distorted in any way. It just lower the volume received by the ear, and the music still sounds right, just not so loud. Here is a online store where it seems they have some good alternatives: ...


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An in-ear-monitoring headphone preamp would seem the right tool, such as the Fischer Amps bodypack XL. This one has only XLR inputs (two of which won't be needed, that's of course not so nice), but I can't see why you would prefer 1/8". The whole endeavour only has a point if you actually manage to make the sound substantially better than with earplugs, so ...



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