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New to this!    18:17 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

omigoditskristen
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Hi! I literally JUST got my flute today! I am a clarinetist and have been for years, but I'm branching out to the flute. I'm trying to learn the Chromatic Scale, but am having trouble getting the lower notes. Any tips?

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Re: New to this!    18:29 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

flutesandpiccolo
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I play lower notes very well i think...lower notes require a somewhat different embouchure. Instead of using a faster air, you would want to have a warmer blow, and slower. Mess with it, you should get it.

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Re: New to this!    22:26 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Patrick
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I would be careful with this advice, the embouchure and angle of air are different throughout the flute, but the airstream should be very strong, a weak airstream will result in poor intonation...

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Re: New to this!    00:30 on Sunday, April 13, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

StephenK
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Here's some other flute basics:

Mary Byrne's "Teaching the first flute lesson"
http://www.jennifercluff.com/firstlesson.pdf

Top Ten Secrets to Easy Flute Playing (w/ illustration):
http://www.jennifercluff.com/secretsbw.pdf

All this info and more comes from the Yahoo Group "Flutenet"'s Jennifer Cluff:
http://www.jennifercluff.com/

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Re: New to this!    15:17 on Sunday, April 13, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

leighthesim
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try a slower air stream, relax muscles in your mouth a bit and blow quite softly (i have this same problem which is why i can play better in second octave)

   

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