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A woodwind instrument of Italian origin, the piccolo is a half-size flute with the same fingerings as the standard transverse flute, It sounds an octave higher than written, and it's very popular in concert band settings.

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Piccolo note duration

I'm writing a wind ensemble piece and have a piccolo holding a long note that transitions from one section to the next. Quarter note = 64 bpm, and the pic holds G5 for 7 beats, or about 6.6 seconds. ...
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Can you learn piccolo by yourself?

I currently have played the flute for 4 years and I was wondering if I needed to have lessons and or a teacher to learn the piccolo. My parents said they won’t pay for lessons and I would have to buy ...
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When were the Db piccolo and the Eb horn phased out of the wind band?

In many classic wind band pieces, there are parts written for Db piccolo and Eb horn. I imagine these were more common in the genesis of the military band, but now Db piccolo is all but unheard of, ...
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Can you start playing piccolo without playing the flute?

I play alto saxophone, piano, ukulele, and guitar. I am wondering if it's possible to take up piccolo as well, without playing the flute. I plan on taking lessons, as there are teachers in my area, ...
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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 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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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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Does thickness of lips affect piccolo playing?

I'm considering buying a piccolo because I love the range it makes but I have thick lips. I already play the flute and I have a feeling that the thickness of my lips affect my playing. I've tried the ...
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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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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 ...