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

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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'...
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Was there any point of me buying an expensive silver plated flute?

I bought a Azumi silver plated flute about 2 years ago for £1000 and it has visibly tarnished, to the point that I am regretting buying a silver plated flute. I often use silver polish cloths to mask ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

When I'm playing my flute I sound fine, but when I listen to a recording I sound terrible. Is there any way for me to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing, I want to be ...
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a flute question - low B status

This question is for flute users and experts, including flutists, flute sellers, flute repairers, flute teachers, and others who know the current state and keying system of the transverse flute in ...
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How will getting braces affect my embouchure?

I'm thinking of getting braces and was wondering how this would affect my embouchure. I'm a flute player, but not very good. I worry that if I work hard at practicing the flute while wearing braces, ...
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How do I get my flute to sound clean?

I'm a beginning flute player. When I play, I often- but not always- have a "shh" sound along with it. I noticed that it usually starts out pretty quiet when I start practicing, but after I play for ...
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How do you make high notes softer and low notes louder on the C flute?

I have trouble controlling my dynamics on the flute, especially on high and low notes. People told me that if you blow harder, the note will get louder, but when I try to do that on low notes, they ...
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Confusion in Base, Scales and Sargam

I am learning and playing flute from Youtube on my own for over 10 months now but there are some questions and doubts that still confuse me. Now according to me no matter what the bass of flute is the ...
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Is there any recorder with same fingering as tin whistle/six hole bamboo flute?

Recently I bought a Hohner C-Soprano Baroque recorder, I love to play it. Unfortunately, unlike six hole bamboo flute or tin whistle, recorder fingering is somewhat different, especially while playing ...
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What should a beginner be aware of when choosing a Xun?

I want to buy a Xun (an ancient flute from China). From what I have read, they are made of clay or ceramic. Image below from Wikipedia: What is the difference between the two? Should that be a ...
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I want to learn the Indian flute (Bansuri). Is there any site where I can learn how to play this instrument? [closed]

Recently I started listening Indian classical music and I love the music of the Bansuri, an Indian flute. I want to learn how to play it. Do you know of any site where I can learn the Indian flute? I ...
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What does a circle under the head of a note in flute mean?

Upon reading the Modern Method for the Boehm Flute, I came upon this notation: What does the circle under the head of the note mean?
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Why are the upper register C# and C-natural not the same as the lower register?

I'm beginning to learn flute, and having now looked at several fingering charts, I've noticed that none of the show a possible upper register C and C# as being the same as they are in the low register....
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Difference in Holding 6 holes and 7 holes in Indian Bamboo Flute

Please clear my following doubts. What is the difference between 6 holes and 7 holes holding position in flutes ? Can I play a song with 6 holes in 8 hole flute ?
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Double tonguing on flute

I am trying to learn double tongue on the flute, but I am struggling to do so. I can tongue well generally, but I don't understand the back of the tongue part. What syllable or method is used to ...
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Choosing a flute for an adult beginner: Open or closed holes?

By looking to various flutes online, I saw that there are two types of flutes: Open Holes Flutes Closed Holes Flutes As an adult beginner, what should be taken into consideration before deciding ...
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Pan flute with PVC pipe

I am from South India and am a music enthusiast. I am interested in the Pan flute, which is rarely found here. I found some info online about making Pan flutes with PVC pipes and would like to try ...
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Flute Best method to tongue

I'm learning to tongue. some say start without the tongue with just the abdominals. However when I do this, I cut the length of my note. I want to provide a smooth link with the next note, yet tongue ...
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Definition of Sonority for Flutists

I have not been able to find a specific explanation of what "Sonorous" or "Sonority" means for a Flutist. I have a vague understanding that it refers to sound quality. Can anyone please help me to ...
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Jazz flute - correct way to fall-off?

For my A Level Music recital one of my pieces is Fly Me To The Moon, as sung by Frank Sinatra, for jazz flute. There is only one "fall-off" in the piece, on an Ab in the middle register. Regarding the ...
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Good books for learning how to play the Baroque flute?

I'm looking for good books on learning the Baroque flute, and I already play the modern Boehm flute. I already have Method for the One-Keyed Flute, are there other recommended books? Edit: Modern ...
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How to easily play a trill on the high G on the flute?

In "God Rest Ye Merry Mallets," the flute part comes with a high G with a trill: G and A. However, there's a diminuendo, and I've noticed that when I try to diminuendo the trill, it starts off with ...
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How to transpose music written for bass to flute?

My jazz band is playing a song called "It's About Swing," and I'm playing the flute for this song. However, there is not flute part written in the chart, so my band teacher gave me the bass part. (I ...
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How to make a backing track from any song. (If possible)

I've seen a lot of tutorials about how to remove vocals and such with audacity, which never seem to work. But I want to know if I can find a song like on YouTube or something and remove all the lead ...
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Playing both the pc sound and mic playback through headphones

I have downloaded this marvelous program called "Effectogram" in order to easily and rapidly (performance-wise) control: microphone input volume microphone output volume playback reverberation ...
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How do I hit lower notes on my flute?

I'm having a really hard time playing the lower notes on my flute. When they even come out, they sound really weak. I can play high notes really well, so I usually adapt my sheet music to an octave ...
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How do I learn to play the flute with vibrato?

There are a few songs I've been playing that I would like to add some vibrato to (I think it sounds so beautiful), but I can't get the technique down. (I'm self taught since there are no flautists in ...
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Notation for flute trills in music score

I'm only playing simple pieces (Grade 1 in the UK) but even some of these have Tr notation next to a note, and a separate bit of score above the score. What I notice is, the note in the main score is ...
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What is the right way to look after a concert flute after playing it?

Inspired by: Will my wind instrument be damaged if I leave it assembled? I have a pretty standard metal concert flute. What is the correct strep-by-step procedure for after I finish playing it? I am ...
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves (...
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Is there more than one right way to tongue?

I've been playing flute for a few months and the tonguing technique I was taught* is to sort of "tut" - the tongue rests on the roof of the mouth blocking air, then flicks forward when released. ...
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Can you really teach how to play notes on the flute?

When starting with the flute, I was told "there's no easy way to teach how to make the flute make a noise, I can show you and explain the theory but you just have to practise." And it seemed to be the ...
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How does the flute range extend with experience?

I can play from C4 up to about half way through the second octave - the highest note I can (reliably) play would be around the G5. I cannot play C6, even when blowing as hard as I can. I'm told being ...
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How to clean a dirty flute [duplicate]

I have recently gotten an upgraded flute but I kept my old one as well. I completely forgot about the old one and left it out, sitting on the piano for a few months because I forgot to put it back in ...
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How loud is a concert flute?

I'm looking for an portable quiet instrument that I can have fun with without disturbing the neighbors at night. And listening to flutes in recordings, I got the impression that they are relatively ...
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Harp Tuning Tendencies

I am a flutist and I will be playing flute in a harp ensemble. Is there anything I should know concerning tuning issues with harps while playing. Are there certain notes or octaves that are prone to ...
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How does a flutist maintain a grip on the flute when the stops are open?

Per title, how does a flutist maintain a grip on the flute when the stops are open? If the note requires holding down the stops, I would think that grip is between the closed fingers and the thumb, ...
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Flute: Techniques for clear sonorous sound

I've been playing concert flute (with a teacher) for a year, and I still cannot always get clear sonorous sound. Instead, it would often hiss. I speculate that the reason may be in the airflow -- a ...
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Lip moving on lip plate while playing

My lip tends to move around a little bit on the lip plate when playing the flute when playing fast passages, so the quality of the notes is sometimes not very good for those fast passages. Is there ...
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Storing a flute

I haven't played my flute in several years, but it is a fairly high-quality open-holed silver instrument. During this time, it is already a bit tarnished and grimy, and I want to make sure that I am ...
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Returning shine to very old silver flute?

I found a good old flute (Armstrong) from the 1960's. As a hobby and ministry, I like to find old band instruments, clean them, repair and take/send them to places where kids learn and enjoy playing ...
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Playing flute High notes: role of lip position and one's mood

I have been practicing bamboo flute for 6 months. I initially got a nice beautiful low notes but the high notes were a problem. After that I changed my finger positions and it affected my sound but i ...
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Is it possible to play a low A on a recorder

I know this is a ridiculous question, but thought I'd ask anyways since I saw an article on wikihow for a low B. http://www.ehow.com/how_5210357_play-low-recorder.html I need a lower A than the one ...