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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 unicycle...


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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 100% for that length of time! If you can organise your time into (much) smaller chunks, the progress will usually be speeded up. Perhaps even 20 minutes at a ...


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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, pianists, harpists, tubists, etc. sit. Why should you feel out of place for sitting? Do whatever helps you perform the best!


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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, there exist "extended techniques" on the flute that go beyond the standard teachings. In this case, "multiphonics" (which is an odd term, since "multi-" is ...


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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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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 often true when we play an instrument. In fact, playing an instrument is even more complex. In a kind of auditory McGurk Effect, our brain has to distinguish ...


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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 to make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities. This doesn't sound like an employment situation but the same principles and expectations apply. ...


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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 to a smell of rotten eggs). While I would not bother about the flute being "unpresentable", it does make sense to not let the tarnish proceed to far. You ...


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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 guitar, you would need to memorize the positions of notes and chords. You would need to develop calluses. You would have to suffer the pain of learning to contort ...


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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 until it does help. Also, break the piece up into sections, and work on one section at a time. If you have trouble getting through a section without losing ...


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Loudness is only one factor.Sound works in many ways, and this will compound the answer. Listen to a band playing when you're outside the hall, and you'll hear the bass far better than guitars, drums etc. The low frequencies can travel better. So, a higher register instrument may be better. Consider the piercing aspect of a sound. In fresh air, it'll carry ...


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Generally, yes, it is considered less-than-ideal performance practice for a few reasons: It is distracting to the audience. It takes away from the character of the music (unless it's notated in there.) Hearing a performer take a breath indicates that they are straining, restricting the amount of airflow they intake, and as such, are breathing inefficiently. ...


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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 adjustments in pitch by partial covering. There are two further reasons, which I consider as striking: You are enforced, to set your fingers carefully and correct ...


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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 on bagpipes and a lot of ethnic flutes Irish whistles, bansuris, neys etc. Ian Anderson developed his style of playing without any musical training and it wasn'...


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Or you can always buy the book. Quantz did in fact write what many consider the definitive book on playing the baroque flute and since you are playing a piece written by him I don't see how you can go wrong following his advice. Google 'Quantz on playing the flute.' I quick note I do not have the quote handy but to paraphrase Quantz, "repeated passages ...


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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 with the exact same fingerings as a C wind. However, there is something called a german-fingered recorder. A soprano (C) german-fingered recorder happens to ...


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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 damped slightly by commonly-used lacquer finishes, which have more of an undesirable effect on the instrument's timbre than silver plating does. Unfortunately ...


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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, but honestly for me there really in nothing like it. Of course, the raw sound of the instrument itself is only one of the reasons it sounds so enchanting, the ...


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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 between materials of similar specific gravity. Thus, there's a pretty big difference between wood and silver, not so much between nickel and silver, and a ...


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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 into a position where playing the next right note is impossible. Or you've just got used to playing the wrong note. Sort this out. Then play that bit slowly, ...


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The support of the flute is primarily a balance between the lip plate as it contacts your face and the rest of your fingers on the keys, using the heel of the first finger of your left hand as a fulcrum. One of the "key" things to understand about this is that there are no notes on the flute with a completely open fingering. The right hand pinky rests on a ...


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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 the bore, so not all of the air can escape out of the first open tone hole. Some of it continues and goes out of the next open hole, and the result is that the ...


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This answer is slightly modified from a forum post I once wrote elsewhere to explain in detail why the flute's "complicated" design is the way it is. It's long as anything, but it does answer the question, so why not? TL;DR included at the bottom. Let's start with the question about the B flat, and other alternate fingerings. There are some notes with ...


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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 even if it were you are still free to do whatever you need to feel comfortable and perform at your best. So go for it, and good luck with the performance


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The 2nd trill key is used for the higher C-D trill. Better sound quality.


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If you enjoy classical, ethnic or folk music, go for the recorder. However, as you say you like rock, I'd say the harmonica is more common for this genre. Also, since you're playing at parties, I'd also choose the harmonica because it is louder than the recorder. Harmonica It's simple, but like any instrument it gets more complicated as your learn more, but ...


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I play both the flute and piccolo, so my answer is completely based off of personal experience. In my opinion, the piccolo and flute are completely different. The only thing that's similar about the two is fingering. I suggest memorizing the piccolo fingering if you just want to play piccolo, since the piccolo does not have some of the keys that a flute ...


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I would add to @jjmusicnotes answer that if you can hear the breath, then something is likely interfering with your intake of breath - which is not good. One of my old instructors said "Think 'HO' in reverse". This means to shape your throat and mouth into the same shape as when you say 'HO' and then breath in. Try it!


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