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August 31st, 2010

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04:59 pm - Making a noise ...
Oh yeah, I remember now, I can write here as well as read !

So, this was going to be the "one month of flute playing" update, except it's now been more like 6 or 7 weeks. Oops.

Anyway, it's going well ! I've been practicing roughly every two or three days, and it's all coming back to me.

I was worried at first that maybe there was something not quite right with the flute, because the third octave range was sounding pretty bad, and hard to even get the notes out sometimes ... but no, that was just me. It's sounding much better now, although still some way to go :)

Of course, I'm not practicing very efficiently - if I had a definite plan to play particular pieces (maybe even in front of other people ! Although that's pretty unlikely), I'd focus on those pieces and work on the difficult bits and all that.

Instead, I'm doing some random work on scales, then skipping from piece to piece depending on what I feel like at the time. The only other issue I have is the that flute repertoire is too "nice" ... sometimes I want to belt out some flute-heavy-metal or flute-hardcore-techno, and that's not what people write for it, alas.

Still, it's been fun, and I'm definitely looking to buy myself a flute some time in the near future (the one I'm currently using is a student rental flute, a fairly basic model).
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Date:August 31st, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
You know one of the symptoms of a mid-life crisis is supposed to be taking up again a musical instrument you played in your youth. My husband has returned to guitar playing just lately....:-P
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Date:September 1st, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Um, I guess I'm not reading LJ as much as I used to. I have a very nice student flute sitting in my cupboard being ignored. You're more than welcome to a permanent loan of it. It probably needs the pads replaced and there is a ding that needs knocking out, but I'd be quite happy to fix it up if it's going to see some use. (I'm not likely to go back to playing it. I much prefer recorder, piano and violin, if I was to take up something new.)
As for music with a bit of umph for flute, can't think of much. Fife music? or scottish dance music?
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Date:September 1st, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
There's certainly not-nice repertoire to be found, for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMpficorq8Q , but most of it isn't entry-level stuff. Keep working on those scales :-)

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