Aug 19 2006, 03:00 AM
i;ve learnt the oboe ,, but i;m in the marching band and i have ben reccomended to play the piccolo/ flute
you .. see i;m learning myself .. and jsut a few short lessons form a teacher who is a doubler ...
just wondering if you haf any tips...
the embousure is hard... hmm
so please . can someone offer some help..
i love the sound of the of the flute and piccolo.. so high and light
Aug 19 2006, 01:22 PM
My daughter plays both Oboe and Flute and one has not caused problems for the other as far as we know. Are the flutes in a marching band normal flutes or are they wooden ones?
I'm not a teacher but I do know that you really need to be able to play Flute to a reasonable standard before taking up Piccolo. My daughter has literally just got a Piccolo (it arrived today) and she's Grade 4 Flute.
Aug 20 2006, 12:45 PM
YEah . well its a silverplated flute.
its hard to get many notes out of it .. low and high.. i think i haf the wrong embousture.. ..
do u haf any techniqies ..... i try to get the flute well because its sounds so nice...
Aug 20 2006, 02:15 PM
Sorry Darren I'm not a teacher. If you are frustrated with flute you will be more so with Picc.
My daughter is always careful to line the mouthpiece up with the keys and was especially so when she first started. She had only played Oboe a couple of months when she took up Flute. Initially she could not blow it. Once she got a teacher and had a couple of lessons she made excellent progress.
Have you got a beginner book or something that you can learn the fingering of notes from? Look at the front of the book or search the Internet for information on putting a Flute together.
Aug 20 2006, 02:39 PM
Are you able to get a couple of lessons from a teacher?
Aug 25 2006, 12:10 PM
yeah... i can get some lessons ...... but its exams at the moment for me so .. no music ...
any way .... i hope i can get more help
Aug 26 2006, 12:57 AM
To get a good embouchure on the flute practice with only the flute headjoint to begin with, forget about the rest of the instrument for now. Put the headjoint to your mouth and rest your bottom lip on it, you should be able to feel the hole in the headjoint but only marginally (your lip shouldn't cover it). Now place your top lip over your top teeth and pretend that you have something really sour in your mouth such as a lemon which would usually make your lip tense and tighten up. Blow out and try to make the hole in your lips as small as possible. Now look in a mirror and line the hole on the mouthpiece up with the hole in your mouth and blow a steady stream of air, remember you mightn't need to blow as hard as you think! If you're not getting a sound try directing the air up or down by adjusting the position of your bottom lip i.e. move it in or out (if you do this without the flute headjoint you'll see what I mean by holding your hand a short distance from your mouth and feeling the directon that the air is blowing). Once you get a sound just keep practicing and it will get better. After doing this attach the body and foot to the headjoint and blow without touching any keys until you're ready to start learing notes. I hope this helps a bit until you see your teacher. Also you can practice flute embouchure by blowing across the opening of a bottle so you don't always need your flute!
Aug 26 2006, 01:09 AM
Try just practicing with the head joint...Try to get a clear sound out of it...Take it away from your mouth and play it again, each time getting used to the position on your mouth. The put the instrument together and practice by just playing B and A, as these have the least tubing, requiring less air.
Does that help
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