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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2001 10:37 pm 
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Heya,

I decided to officially start playing flute, and well, I guess I got a basic question. I know there are two ways to hold the flute. The most common is to kind of hold the flute between the index and thumb, and have your three first finger in "angle". The second is to use the thumb on the flute's side and then you end up playing your flute as you wouldplay a low whistle, for example. Well, anyway, hope you know what I mean. I've seen both styles, and I personnally find the second technique easier for me. It's much more similar to whistle and low whistle handling, and easier for me. BUT is there any drawback? Why one way instead of the other? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-- Azalin

PS: Congratz guy! You brainwashed me into buying a Copley flute!


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The only problem that I see would be if you want to use keys at sometime in the future.


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Take a look at the thread below: flat fingers on keyed flute.

If I understand what you are saying - you are raising the issue of "pipers" fingering vs. a more end of the finger approach (which is more usual). There is no right or wrong here, but I think it is a good idea to not start with the "flat" or "pipers" position if you have any intention of moving to a keyed flute in the future. Flat fingers and keys don't usually mix. You don't intend to ever use keys in the future, you say? Well, it's the future... and unless you have a crystal ball... Probably not a good idea to cut off possibilities. Picture yourself putting in 2, 3, 10 years of flat fingered fluting and then that keyed beauty starting calling your name! You would be in real trouble then!

Clark

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Thanks for the answer... But I'm not sure about why it would be harder to use keys when using the flat fingering technique? I havent see enough different flute in my life, but the M&E flutes I got have keys and I can still use them... But I think you might be talking about those flutes where your fingers are actually "stopped" from going further because of the keys design. Darn, life with whistles was so easy!


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Yes, you have the idea! The key blocks get in the way. I've heard that pin mounted keys SOMETIMES work with flat fingering, but I've never tried.

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