The sound this instrument makes is absolutely meltingly beautiful
- and it's also rather responsive to breath pressure, so that I can do more subtle things with the tone....
Setting aside the issue of pitch for the moment (though it would trouble KJ, or YAP, or any others with absolute pitch) - learning to orientate myself on this new instrument is proving interesting....
I was trying to think of a tenor, played a tone up, trying to link notes to their names to the fingerings as I'm supposed to do. It's an old problem I have, the reason I can't memorise scales, because for me the link between dot on stave and finger pattern has always bypassed the note name - the thing I do slowest is to put a note name to a fingering. I took a whole summer to get to the stage where I knew all the notes for an F instrument
. Of course I'm in far too much of a hurry to spend that much time trying to learn the voice flute that way - I want results, now
So - I did start practising before I got the voice flute, using my tenor as the next nearest size. Up a tone from tenor, anacrusis, so all fingers down is now a D. And there is its octave, and the next. Anchor notes - three down in the left hand, was a G, is now an A. Oh heck, if I want to play an F it's the old fingering for Eb
. After about five minutes, my brain goes into meltdown doing this, and I forget which way up is......
Then I got a facebook message from the maker about the other way people do this one - I'd discounted the option because it sounded like too many things to think about at once, but it works for me
. What I've to do is think bass clef (confuzzlement number one, cos is not a bass instrument) and use treble fingerings....adding three flats to the key signature. Mad but effective, and it means I don't have to wait to make all the cerebral crosslinkages to start playing the sorts of lovely music this instrument is so well suited to.
Two downsides.....*wants treble at 415 to match*
*husband wants to upgrade harpsichord too*