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 Post subject: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:01 pm 
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A long time ago I attended a workshop with Chris Norman. He played a bit on his
small holed Rudall. It sounded like a buzzsaw and it was very loud. I realize now
that he was playing on the edge, getting a hard tone, getting a lot of overtones.
I can now do that myself if I choose. I wonder are you'all playing on the edge
a lot? I've been at this for fifteen years and would like to hear from
experienced people.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:18 am 
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Hey Jim, :)

Years ago I had a Paddy Ward flute that was just incredible to play on edge. :thumbsup: But if I backed off I found it mediocre. :sleep:

I tend to play more Genteel now. But occasionally I like to blow the cob-webs out! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:01 pm 
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A good flute/player combination should have a range of tone color to choose from. I'd say it's best to apply them where appropriate to emphasize the best qualities in any particular tune.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:11 pm 
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Sensible. Thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
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What does "playing on the edge" mean?

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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:36 am 
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Brus wrote:
What does "playing on the edge" mean?


I take it to mean playing (in the first octave) just at the break point between the two octaves.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:53 am 
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Hi Jim,
"his small holed Rudall" was the boxwood one?
otherwise it was its wonderful modern copy that had some changes in the making and yes, it is really loud!
I never tested the boxwood original one, sure it must be an amazing flute, but I think it won't be that loud.

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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:03 am 
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radcliff wrote:
Hi Jim,
"his small holed Rudall" was the boxwood one?
otherwise it was its wonderful modern copy that had some changes in the making and yes, it is really loud!
I never tested the boxwood original one, sure it must be an amazing flute, but I think it won't be that loud.


There can be a perception of loudness from flutes that may not be loud in terms of decibels, but are "loud" in the sense that their tone is very clear and crisp. I can hear a small-holed flute, in the hands of a good player, better in a session than I can hear a Pratten-style flute in the hands of someone with a less focused blowing technique and a loud but diffuse sound.


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 Post subject: Re: Playing on the edge
PostPosted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:43 am 
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I believe it was the Rod Cameron copy, blackwood. The sound he got out it
was amazing--half musical instrument, half power tool.


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indeed.

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