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Author:  Nanohedron [ Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:47 pm ]
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neilC wrote:
As promised, a clip. Jig of the Dead, Colraine Jig

N

Seriously, if it weren't for the topic, I wouldn't have even noticed what you are calling side-blowing. To my eyes it's so slight that at first I wondered what you were talking about!

Author:  busterbill [ Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:13 pm ]
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Sedi wrote:


Thank you, yes. Sideblowers seem to be in pretty good company. :D

Author:  neilC [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:22 am ]
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Thanks for the Kevin Crawford clip - makes me feel a lot better - I think I'll forget retraining, and focus on improving what is already there!

Author:  neilC [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:26 am ]
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Nanohedron wrote:
neilC wrote:
As promised, a clip. Jig of the Dead, Colraine Jig

N

Seriously, if it weren't for the topic, I wouldn't have even noticed what you are calling side-blowing. To my eyes it's so slight that at first I wondered what you were talking about!


It actually came up because a group photo was taken for a band I started playing with, and a few people commented on an odd smile I had with one half of my mouth open, then I noticed I had totally different muscle development in my lips on either side so I started wondering why :) Being aware has already helped me improve so the journey continues!

Author:  ChrisCracknell [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:26 pm ]
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I started having problems with the low D until I noticed that there was a radical difference in my grip between low D and e.g. E (which was sounding stronger than the D!) which meant that the flute was moving out of position when I fingered the low D. Mainly due to my pinkie changing the level of support it was providing. Noticing this and compensating for it brought the D back just fine. So; not always embouchure...

Chris

Author:  busterbill [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:31 pm ]
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:D :thumbsup:

Author:  neilC [ Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:42 am ]
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Just to round this thread off - as part of checking issues I had with both low D and tuning, I checked every key (piece of cling-film under every key, then removed each to see if there was a difference) - result was an issue with my long F - the pads on my flute are pretty hard and the spring on that key is quite weak - so the pad was actually lifting when I blew low D (probably E too, but less noticeable) - the more it leaked the harder I tried and the more it lifted... I've put a rubber band around that key for the moment and the difference is huge - the flute honks!

So thanks for all the advice - I've learned a lot :)

Author:  Sedi [ Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:34 am ]
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Oh, never would have thought of that. But I did indeed have a similar problem with a boehm flute once. One of the pads was leaking.

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