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Can a flute soloist sit?

Absolutely. Nobody ever expects (extreme case) Itzhak Perlman to stand. Personally, I'd be a happy audience if a flautist sat on a barstool, as many guitarists tend to do. Now, performing while on a ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

Three hours at one session! Unless you're the sort of person who can concentrate really well for that length of time, you've wasted at least some of it. Harsh, but realistic. Most of us cannot give ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

I've never seen a flutist sit, but I've also not seen very many flute soloists. What I have seen is plenty of soloists that do sit, so you'd be in good company! And keep in mind that cellists, ...
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Can chords be played on the flute?

The flute, like most wind instruments, is considered to be monophonic (as opposed to a piano, which is polyphonic), meaning you can only play one note at a time (within reasonable ability). However, ...
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Impossibly long flute note

The handover is feasible. The circular breathing thing would be classed as a #special skill' I think! But how long do you need? A good flautist might give you 30 seconds without special technique....
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Is there a recorder-analog for the flute?

TL;DR Step 1: Soda bottle Step 2: Fife Soda bottle Flute players are sometimes told that blowing across the top of a soda bottle is similar to blowing a flute. (Anecdotally, A flute-playing ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

Orchestral flautists sit the whole time so it's clearly possible to play the flute to a high standard while sitting. It's the 21st century and people are used to legislation that requires employers ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

This is a terrific, and very important, question! Have you ever heard a recording of yourself speaking? Did it come across as odd to you? Did you ever think "that's not how I sound!"? The same is ...
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Why are end-blown flutes shorter than their ideal length?

The vibrating air column in the bore extends past the openings of the tube. Any calculation of the pitch needs to take this into account and add end corrections for both ends of the flute. There's one ...
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Was there any point of me buying an expensive silver plated flute?

Silver polish does not "mask" tarnish but rather restores the silver when it is not thoroughly corroded: tarnish is silver sulfide and a proper silver polish will let the sulfide escape again (leading ...
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Is the myth that if you can play one instrument, you can learn another instrument with ease true?

You wouldn’t need to relearn theory or reading music. You wouldn’t need to learn to establish a practice regimen. You wouldn’t need to relearn to hear intervals or feel a beat. Going from flute to ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

I suspect your teacher suggested that you play it at a slower tempo. When you say that it didn't really help, I would suggest that you practice it at an even slower tempo, and continue to slow it down ...
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Pan flute using straws: all notes measurements?

These measurements aren't totally accurate, as they've rounded to the nearest half inch to make it look nice. It also looks like you've built a "transposing" pan flute- your "C" ...
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

We hear with our ears, but other body parts are susceptible to vibrations. The percussionist/drummer Evelyn Glennie is profoundly deaf, and apparently uses her bare feet to detect vibrations - which ...
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Choosing a flute for an adult beginner: Open or closed holes?

When we bought the first flute for our daughter, her teacher recommended open keys and the difference was even hearable for us as uninformed listeners, even if their main purpose is microtonal ...
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Is there any recorder with same fingering as tin whistle/six hole bamboo flute?

The short answer: no, there isn't. The long answer: The six-hole chart you give for your tin whistle is for a tin whistle in D. A soprano recorder is in C. No, you are not going to find a D wind ...
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How does the use of silver influence the quality of a flute?

The consensus seems to be- and this is borne out by my own experience as well- that there is some difference between the sound of flutes made of different materials, but that this is minor, especially ...
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Right hand finger positions on a flute

On the western C-flute it's standard to use the pads on the tips of the fingers, in fact on the open-hole flutes played by a lot of professionals that's the only way possible. The second joint is used ...
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What is a natural sharp?

The natural is there as a cautionary - in the previous bar there may well have been an accidental for that same F note (guess it's treble clef), most likely an Fx, so it's just saying 'this F is an F♯ ...
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Circle and half bracket symbol - what does it mean? (Flute)

It's almost certainly sloppy music preparation. It looks very much like there is an octave sign over the notes with an extension line with a hook at the showing the end of the 8va passage, but it's so ...
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Notation (circles and diamonds) in flute score

The circles indicate harmonics. The player fingers the notes with diamond noteheads and overblows to sound the notes written with normal noteheads. Notes played as harmonics usually have a more '...
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Was there any point of me buying an expensive silver plated flute?

The point of a silver plated instrument instead of a lacquered "student model" is not for visual aesthetics, but rather because the vibrations in the metal that accompany note production are ...
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How do uncovered tone holes in middle of a flute work?

There are a few things that closed holes below the first open tone hole can do. In the case of that first C, what's happening is called shading. The tone holes of this instrument aren't as wide as ...
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What instrument is used to create this kind of music?

It's a duduk, an Armenian instrument. In my opinion it's one of the most beautiful sounding instruments every created. Sometimes clarinet players can sort capture some of the essence of its sound, ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

If you were performing in an ensemble of 3 or more people - a flute quartet for example - you would not think twice would you; you would always sit. So its not really an unusual way to perform. And ...
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How similar (or not) are recorder, fife, and flute fingerings?

Out of the entire extended flute family, you've managed to name three that are about as far apart as they get! However, I'd still say that all woodwind fingerings are more similar than not. The fife ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

You have spent three hours training yourself to play it wrong. Play it RIGHT. This probably means playing it M-U-C-H M-O-R-E S-L-O-W-L-Y. Yes, REALLY slowly. At some point your hands have got ...
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Why are end-blown flutes shorter than their ideal length?

I'm afraid, that the question boils down to Why are real instruments more complicated than extremely simplified theoretical models? You need the simplifications to be able to calculate something at ...
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