Beginner Flute Questions 2021 Version
Searched and haven’t found similar questions on other threads, though I’m sure they’ve been asked before. I’ve been playing a McNeela Lon Dubh keyless polymer flute for about five months now. (I played a silver flute for a few years as a kid.)
I find the flute slippery. Going B-C#-D, I practically lose my grip or it slips slightly and I have to adjust my fingers. I saw a clip of an RTE broadcast with an old-timer licking his fingers before starting his next tune. Is this really the best option?
Also, after a few minutes I find I’m blowing dirty air and I have to pull the flute away and reposition my lip to get a clear note again. This used to happen after much less time but still is a regular thing. I can’t imagine playing for a long time without continually repositioning. How can I get better at this?
Thanks for any suggestions.
What should my next flute be? Should I move to wood if I want to get serious, or get a keyed polymer flute?