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Questions tagged [flute]

The modern flute is a member of the woodwind family, and is typically made out of silver or wood.

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Learning the Flute embouchure with a teardrop in the lips?

I'm trying to learn the flute embouchure for an irish (wooden) flute for 2 years now. My teacher mentioned to me that because of the shape of my lips (I'm having a teardrop in the middle of my upper ...
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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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How do I actually play higher octaves in flute? [duplicate]

Flute newbie here. I'm learning to read notes and play them on the flute (Western concert flute, closed buttons). I find many sources for fingerings of the notes in different octaves. Sometimes they ...
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Playing Chinese bamboo flute of key “D” as “C”?

Hello Music Community, I just received my Chinese bamboo flute of key "D", that I want to learn to play. I want to emphasize, that I have no experience playing musical instruments whatsoever. The ...
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As an adult, how should I choose a flute?

I learnt to the play the flute as a teenager. I want to play for children. My hands weren't great in dexterity as a teenager and probably a bit worse. I haven't played for 10 years. I live in Japan ...
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Is this too difficult for a solo flutist?

There are 2 woodwind instruments that come to mind when I think of a high pitched solo. Those are the flute and the clarinet, both of which can have either a mellow or a piercing quality depending on ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

I am a 60 year old flutist and I am about to perform a humble concert in my community. I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and I wonder if it is acceptable for me to sit on a high chair (like ...
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Why does flute fingering have to be so complicated?

So, I have progressed on my flute. I'm now getting the notes that I am supposed to be getting. Here is what I noticed during my last flute practice as far as fingerings: All open: C# 1 key down(...
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Is the myth that if you can play one instrument, you can learn another instrument with ease true?

I've heard many people say this: "If you can play one instrument, other instruments will be easy to learn" I just can't help but wonder if this is true. Suppose I'm a professional flute player. ...
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Do I play my key signature for my instrument or on the paper?

If I'm auditioning for jazz for high school band and I play the flute, and my audition piece is for saxophone, do I play my key signature or the key signature on the sheet music?
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Why doesnt my flute tone improve?

So i have been playing the flute for 5 years and a couple months ago, I purchased an intermediate level yamaha flute. I practice every single day for a minimum of an hour and i try to do long tones as ...
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How to mic a flute for live performance

Would you place the mic at the mouthpiece or the end of the flute?
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What instrument is playing in the middle of this song? [closed]

There's some kind of flute playing in this song from 2:18 to 2:40 but they don't show the player so I'm not sure. What instrument is that?
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How to interpret Bansuri Scale reading on “Swar Meter”

I downloaded "Swar Meter" and played Sa on my 23" Bansuri that says "A" scale However, "Swar Meter" consistently measures between "A" and "A#" I tried same exercise on my 24" Bansuri that says "A" ...
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Speed of Tampura app during Bansuri practice

I understand Tampura app (I use Tampura droid) must be on during Bansuri practice so player learns to tell (by ear) whether they are in tune. Since I have A-Scale Bansuri the Tampura is on A-Scale ...
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Can chords be played on the flute?

I have been playing the flute for some time now, and wanted to expand my knowledge of it. To do so, I started learning more about the standard music notation. While doing so, I ran into a concept ...
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Can I use a car polishing cloth to polish my flute?

I have a Yamaha flute headjoint and it is dirty. Therefore I want to clean it so its appearance will be better. Can I use a car polishing cloth for this?
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What is a panharmonic scale?

In the English translation of Plato's Republic, he does not allow flutes to be played because they are used to play "panharmonic scales", and he says that no panharmonic scales should be played or ...
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How does the use of silver influence the quality of a flute?

Flutes are made from a variety of materials. Student flutes are normally made from silver-plated nickel, while better quality flutes (sometimes the body and the head and sometimes only the head) are ...
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Workarounds for 10th intervals or larger when arranging for piano

So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef ...
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What is the range for the flute for a high school band?

I'm writing a song for a high school band, but I'm unsure of the range for flute players. I know flute players play really high, but I'm not sure where the limit is (both high and low). What range ...
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What do these songs have in common? [closed]

I don't know much about music but I am trying to find out what the following songs have in common. I have labelled this common feature as "nostalgia", "melancholy" and "longing" but I am still not ...
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which hand side hole flute should buy for right handed person?

I want to learn flute i already know how to play but I only play flute that has hole at its top position and from which I have blow from its top side. but one of my friend did advice that sound of ...
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What instrument is used to create this kind of music?

Today I came across a song and (esp the beginning) it left me in an euphoric state. Here is the song: What instrument is used to create this kind of angelic sounds? ...
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Can I use the “unused” Bb Key on the flute?

While positioning your fingers on the flute, there is one key left out between the left hand 2nd and 3rd finger. I’ve noticed that it does the same thing as the Bb Thumb Key. I prefer to use it while ...
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How to distinguish light vs dark tone?

I have been playing the flute for 2 years and I can't get my head around the concept of tone colors. I'm learning with Trevor Why books, which describe 3 beginner exercises with which to practice 2 ...
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How to tune the flute by ear

Please, I would like to ask you for an advice: I have big trouble to tune my flute by ear -e.g with the piano before playing the piece,my teacher always tells me whether am I flat or sharp. And I just ...
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Will practice improve the tone on my new flute?

I just got a new flute- a good quality Yamaha that was quite expensive. I would love to say that it plays perfectly-but unfortunately, that's not quite the case. Whenever I play it, it sounds a ...
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Coudet Clarinet and Transitioning From Flute/Alto Sax

What is a "Coudet Clarinet"? I'm a flute/Alto Sax player and was wonder if this is different from a "Clarinet" also how will the transition be?
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When is a good time to take up Piccolo?

I'm a self-taught flutist, and I've beed playing for about 7 months now. I would like to take up the Piccolo as a secondary instrument along with the flute. When is a good time to start learning the ...
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How do I trill between F and D in the middle register?

In a few pieces there are trills between the middle register F and D. I try to trill it with the normal fingering, but the trill ends up very clumsy and the notes, not well defined. How do I trill ...
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How to clean a smelly flute? [duplicate]

I've been playing the flute for a while, an noticed that my flute headjoint is smelling a little funky. How do I clean it, and is it safe to wash the headjoint (after removing the cork)? P.S. - I ...
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E flat to B flat on Flute?

I’m playing the piece Menuet from L’Arlésienne Suite No.2 and there are multiple instances where E flat to B flat sixteenth notes are played. Obviously it is a possible transition to do, but I feel ...
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Is ear training for piano is 100% sufficient for ear training flute?

If a person ear trains pitches of piano will he be automatically able to understand the pitches of flute or should he do some extra ear train for flute ? For example can we say if a person ear trains ...
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What is the size of smallest flute?

As far as you know ,what is the size of the smallest flute ? ( You might have come across different sized flutes)
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Cleaning the Flute [duplicate]

I play flute and every day I try to clean it but the inside always seems to be dirty what should I do? What material of cloth should i use? What's the best way to remember to clean it?
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Impossibly long flute note

I sometimes compose for my own amusement but I have no delusions of creating anything that anyone else would like to hear. In one of my ideas, I want a long sustained flute note to bridge two ...
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Why do some bamboo flutes use bindings?

I have both the Dizi (Chinese traverse bamboo flute) and the Bansuri (Indian traverse Bamboo flute). The Dizi has plastic bindings: The Bansuri has thread bindings: Why do bamboo flutes like the ...
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Difference between 6 holed and 7 holed Indian bamboo flute?

I'm planning to buy an Indian bamboo flute. I found out today that there are Indian bamboo flutes with a different number of holes. There is one with 6 fingering holes called Bansuri and one with 7 ...
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How do I keep low notes clear (on flute) when I am playing piccolo a lot in band?

How do I keep low notes clear (on flute) when I am playing piccolo a lot in band? There is a song in band where I go from playing high notes on the piccolo to playing in the lower register on the ...
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Is it advisable to use a (smoking) pipe cleaner to clean a flute?

In this question it was asked how to clean the inside of a flute. The answers include different tools, all of them basically a stick with a piece of cloth, ranging from an 8$ stick to a 25$ stick. ...
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What to clean inside of the flute with?

I know this is a stupid question, but I was wondering what to clean the flute with for the inside. I know the outside is cleaned with a polishing cloth, but what's the inside used with? Some websites ...
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How do uncovered tone holes in middle of a flute work?

As a (mediocre) guitarist just starting to dabble with other instruments, the first several fingering diagrams for flutes, saxophones, etc make good intuitive sense to me because you're effectively ...
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When 2 parts are on the same line, how do I know who plays which part?

I have some flute sheet music that has 2 flutes on the same staff. How to I know which flute plays which part, and furthermore, there are 1s and 2s placed above certain notes in strange places. Do ...
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Do you always count?

There are several very helpful threads dealing with counting, but none of them answer my rather dumb question: do musicians always count? By which I mean are they always saying or thinking 1~&~2~&...
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Alto Flute Keying [duplicate]

I understand all about transposing instruments. However, my question is why not label the keys of these instruments such that when you play a particular key (say "C") it sounds like a "C"? This idea ...
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Meaning of:“ un poco vivace ma cantabile”

I play Sonata no 3 of Johann Quantz for flute, in the last part of this sonata, The directive is "un poco vivace ma cantabile". I understand that the literal meaning of this is: "A little lively ...
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How should I fix my flute?

My flute is a gold beginners flute (Brand: Mendini by Cecilio), which was not very expensive. After about half a year of using the flute, I began to see some rust on the head joint, to the point where ...
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Correct digitation for soprano flute

Is that digitation Si2 incorrect? Someone said it is not real but an alternative one with the wrong affination. He also said the Baroque one for Do#3 is wrong. What do you guys say?
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B Flat on Flute Is Too Flat

B flat is too flat on my flute. The adjacent notes are fine. The adjacent notes go flat when I turn the flute towards me. It's easier to sharpen the octave. Pulling it out flattens it more and when it'...