Re: Transitioning to an offset G 22:04 on Saturday, April 12, 2008
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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
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.
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!
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.