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I'm going to assume that you've already checked your flute to see if it needs repairs. Here are a few tips I can give you to improve your output of low notes (I've been playing the flute for about 6 years, so I used to encounter these issues in the beginning too): Practice the lower notes: If you are adapting your sheet music to an octave higher, then ...


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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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Depends on your frustration tolerance. Piccolo has a more challenging embouchure than flute, but you know what? Fife has a much more demanding embouchure than either, and I learned fife first. This meant it was about six weeks of assiduous blowing making nothing but a "wwwwfffff" sound, before I actually got a noise out of it. Another week or two before ...


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It sounds like the scale is a bit stretched; do I understand correctly? That is, when you tune F to the tuner, A comes out sharp, and when you tune A to the tuner, F comes out flat. That means that there is too much distance between your A and your F. But you should worry less about the tuner than about the other players in your band. If the band is ...


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It sounds like your flute teacher is separate from your band teacher. So, consult your band teacher about what's going wrong tuning-wise. Make sure to mention that you had the same problems with your old piccolo. Your band teacher may have more insight about how to fix the issue. If it turns out that your band teacher isn't experienced enough with the ...


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This is a seriously overengineered solution. Like several others stated, you should really invest in actual musician earplugs which are designed for attenuating with a constant frequency response rather than focusing on the most "disturbing" frequencies which also happen to be the most important ones for, well, not being annoying to the audience. Yes, they ...


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You don't say how old you are or what level of playing you have achieved in 7 months, but here are some principles: First of all, most student players do not double on piccolo. Even in professional and semi-professional groups, only one flute player is designated as the piccolo player for every song that has piccolo. In other words, this role is not passed ...


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This happens a lot to beginning piccolo players because the lack of regular flute performance. Back when I first picked up the piccolo for band, I had a friend that played the piccolo a large majority of her practicing over the summer. The year before, I had been first chair and she had been second chair. When we began school the next year, she could barely ...


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I can answer some parts of your question. Tuning a piccolo guitar, which sounds higher than a guitar, down to a guitar would decrease the string tension. It's therefore not going to cause issues with string tension ripping your guitar apart or anything, but the strings might be slack and rather unplayable. Or maybe it'll sound fine; I haven't actually tried ...


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How low are we talking? Flute gets naturally weaker at the bottom, so this is pretty typical. You need to blow the air lower and more gently. Think "wide air stream".


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The thickness of you lips doesn't matter too much. If you have thick lips, you need to adapt your embouchure to get a good tone out of the instrument. Your lips will not prevent you from playing the piccolo, but you might need a little more time to adapt your embouchure. When you play high notes (which is characteristic of the piccolo), remember to not make ...


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I can not give you a confident answer, as @Scott Wallace stated above. But in the majority of flute-to-piccolo transitions, the answer would be that your lips should not affect your ability to play the instrument. Your lips size can affect the way you hold your embouchure, but I have never seen it cause someone the inability to play the piccolo. The best ...


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This fall I was playing a piece with a very large flute range. It would be up in the higher octave and then drop down lower very suddenly. My flute teacher told me to do this: when you get home each day, set your flute out and between whatever you are doing walk over and play your lower notes. The goal is to be able to play them consistently and with good ...


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I play the flute too, so I DEFINITELY can relate to what you mean by how hard it is to play those low notes. I still have trouble playing low notes, like the low C, but there are a couple simple tips I use when playing them. 1) Tilt the flute, preferably closer to you as you play each low note. For me, it helps if I slightly tilt the flute closer to me. I'...


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This is my fifth year playing the flute, and my music teacher came up to me and asked if I would like to play the piccolo as well, and of course I said yes. And I couldn’t make a sound out of it, and mind you I have been told I have a very good embouchure. So I believe you’re best bet would be to start with the flute, just to get Good at working your way ...


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