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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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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 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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Blowing Low Notes on the Transverse Flute

I recently acquired a concert flute and started to play with it, getting used to the embouchure and properly making a sound. I reached a certain stopping point when trying to learn all by myself, ...
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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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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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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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Marching Band Piccolo Tuning

As many piccolo players know, tuning can be a wreck on piccolos. I play piccolo just for my high school’s marching band and I’ve always have had tuning problems even when I got a new one. I thought it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Choosing the appropriate flute for my preschooler

My preschooler has pretty good embouchure on a six hole plastic flute in the key of D; unfortunately, the distance from the mouth hole to the sixth finger hole is about 17.5 inches so the finger holes ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

I have noticed that when I play higher octave notes on the flute my lips start to hurt. This has happened before but I dealt with it just by ignoring the pain. I would like to know whether there is ...
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What instrument is used to create this kind of music? [closed]

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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Practice amp for a flute/piccolo

My wife is a fairly accomplished flautist who has recently taken up the piccolo. Already practicing the flute is probably affecting her hearing, and the piccolo promises to be an order of magnitude ...
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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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What kind of passage I may use this Key and What's the name of this Key?

I'm a flute player and I bought this flute sometime ago and I'd like to know: Flute Yamaha 371 Allegro version What kind of passage I may use this Key and What's the name of this Key? Please, ...
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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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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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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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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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Want to buy a wooden flute, but I don't know what the specifications entail

So I'm in a country where, when I browse flutes online, they have notes written next to the name of the flute in the syllabic form. So for instance you have a "Kaval flute" with "Si", "Sib", "Re", or "...
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Are middle eastern flutes generally played with the left hand closer to the mouth?

I've seen different people on the internet play middle eastern flutes like the Ney and Kaval either with their left hand or right hand closer to the mouth. I'm unsure which of these is best for me to ...
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4th octave Eb in Chopin, should I trust that the flutist will get the note?

I am arranging Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 no. 2 for Flute and String Quartet and I have reached a spot where it is difficult for me to decide whether or not I should stick with the notes that Chopin wrote ...
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What to check when flute is not hitting higher octave notes?

When trying to play notes an octave higher on the flute I notice it is really hard for the higher octave to come out and it keeps playing the lower octave instead. I did not notice this problem when I ...
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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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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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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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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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Right hand finger positions on a flute

I was recently watching a video of Jethro Tull performing, with Ian Anderson on flute. His right hand appears to use the pads of the medial, rather than distal, phalanges. I.e. the left hand uses the ...
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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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6 finger Flute hole placement formula

I like to experiment on plastic flutes. Is there a mathematical formula for placing holes in a flute? Is it same for all kinds of flutes for example western flute,6 hole flute or 8 hole flute?
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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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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 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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What sort of flute do “native american flute” musicians use?

What sort of flute does "native american flute music" use? Ballpark. I would like to get a traditional sounding (and looking) flute.
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Notation for Eastern European pan flute

Years ago I composed a piece of chamber music that included an Eastern European-style pan flute (Romanian or Hungarian, I don't recall which). It was a large one, with a 3-octave range from G3 (the ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Flutes in octaves sounds like an organ? Why does this happen?

I have noticed something when I hear 2 flutes in octaves or a flute and piccolo playing the same notated notes, sounding an octave apart. It starts to not sound like a flute. In particular it sounds ...
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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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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 ...