Transitioning to an offset G
 

Transitioning to an offset G

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Transitioning to an offset G    18:31 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

vampav8trix
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Hi,

I am wondering how many of you have gone from playing an inline G to playing an offset G.

I got my new flute with an offset G and I am very happy with it. It has solved one of my most aggrivating problems. My left index finger no longer goes numb.

The problem I am now having is that I am finding it hard to trill a G or G#. It is extremely awkward. When I pick up an inline flute, I have no problems with this trill.

I am sure that I will eventually be able to do this with a lot of practice. I am wondering if anyone has had any similar problems? How long did it take you to adjust? I am just curious.

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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    22:04 on Saturday, April 12, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Account Closed
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I changed to an offset G about three years ago. It was a bit awkward for about the first half hour and after that I loved it and never wanted to go back to an in line again. I didn't have any problems with trills or such when switching, so I can't offer to much help there, sorry. Have you tried or do you have some sort of grippy type things like a thumbport or cushion on your flute? That might help. Good luck with it

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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    06:42 on Sunday, April 13, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

vampav8trix
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Well then, I guess it is just me. The off set must not agree with my hands.

As you guys all know. My hands have been broken. When I try to trill a G or G# on an off set flute, it is almost as if my joints are popping or something.

I guess I will grab my inline if I need to trill a G or G#. LOL

I will just have to work at it I guess.

Kara are you home?

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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    11:44 on Sunday, April 13, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

arabians207
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I started with an inline G and used that flute for about 5 years, and got a new flute with offset last september, I had no problems transitioning at all.


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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    19:04 on Sunday, April 13, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Account Closed
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Yep, I am finally home. I am already planing my next visit. lol!
I am writting on my new laptop too. I love it!



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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    16:37 on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Tibbiecow
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Well, in 'Pines of Rome' there is a several-measures long trill from F# to G#. My friend's pinky was about to fall off so we figured out how to simply use RH index finger to trill on the G# key, closing the actual F# key (rather than the Eb or E key) with RH, 2nd finger. Obviously, this wouldn't work except for a long trill with nothing much next to it. You can trill G to A with RH index finger trilling the lower G key, or G to G# with RH index finger trilling the G#.
Otherwise, plug the G key and try with a straightened finger, you don't have to place your finger exactly in the middle of the hole if it's plugged.
I don't feel a lot of difference myself between my inline G and offset G flutes, except the springs on the inline flute are soooo much lighter that trills and fast passages are easier on the inline.

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BTW, we moved our whole hand to the left for these 'non-traditional' trills; I wouldn't expect you to stretch your poor pinky all that way!

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Re: Transitioning to an offset G    12:55 on Sunday, April 27, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

kippsix
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Well, it's been awhile since I've posted....
But, I played inline for several decades, and only within the last year or so have I switched to offset. I'm so happy. I have so much fewer problems with my wrists (and subsequently with my shoulders). I didn't have any transitioning problems, so I don't really know how to help you.

   

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