Coughing, puffing and grunting into the flute - HELP
Just finished practicing on the flute and now I’m giving it the evil eye - although it’s not poor Feochan’s fault but mine entirely. You see the problem with me is that since I started playing - and it’s not very long - I have a huge problem separating two notes of the same value:-/.
At first my teacher made me aware of how I huff and puff into the flute sounding like a German tuba player, and then I ended up ‘k’-ing into the flute as if I had a had a bad bout of the hiccups which was followed by me sounding as if I was doing the classical concert ‘t’-ing … unfortunately my painful metamorphosis or creation of odd sound effects didn’t stop here because last week I went into the other extreme ie my attempts of separating notes of the same value turned inaudible….. mhm… so off I went and tried again…. for days now and I’m getting nowhere…. grrrr… it’s so bad that ‘m going completely nuts over it because now I either end up grunting into the flute as I try to separate the notes - and you can really hear that grunt in the vocal cords - and if I’m not grunting I’m couging into the poor flute and if I do neither I’m back to puffing like a German tuba player… I just can’t get it…. since March I’ve been working on this and I just don’t get it :-(… so is there anyone out here who can put me straight… someone who could explain to me in simplistic terms what it is, I am supposed to be doing…. I am really desperate here… so I am in urgent need of help… SO PLEASE… PRETTY PLEASE…. anyone out there who can put me straight before the friendly men in white coats arrive and stick me into a ‘huggie’ jacket :-O…
Vanessa (a beginner’s flute player in the throws of desperation)
PS I did google and I did the session search but I couldn’t find anything that helped me… all it did was leave me more puzzled and confused :-)