Crackpot’s eight hundred and nineteen comments

  • Re: Flute warming up

    IMHO the rotation of the headjoint compared to the finger holes is a question of how you hold the flute, not how you blow it. YMWV but the angle, speed and size of the airstream hitting the hole will affect the tuning - this is how we fine tune the note... more…

  • Re: Fiddle bowing, fluter question

    The bow hand is the breath of the fiddle. That should make it clear for a flute player or singer... more…

  • Re: pink ivory flute

    Just to avoid confusion: more…

  • Re: Flute sliding tone

    Some Boehm flutes have keys with holes in for some of the tone holes - there some sliding/microtones are possible by exposing some or all of the holes. more…

  • Re: Flute sliding tone

    I know of slides and bends, though neither is what Conal seems to be doing. A Slide I understand as gradually uncovering or covering (unusual) a tone hole. A Bend comes from the lips, jaw and/or rotation of the flute. more…

  • Re: Choosing a Low Whistle and a Irish Flute

    And I would base my personal judgement of whether I want to own a flute on: more…

  • Re: Choosing a Low Whistle and a Irish Flute

    I would second the advice to concentrate on one of the instruments - and of course, as I have said elsewhere, I don't really think there is anything that a low whistle can do that a flute can't do better. Yes, you need to work on your tone quality and c... more…

  • Re: Flute makers in Europe

    http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=57549 more…

  • Re: Concertina Etudes

    I heard a nice explanation once from a violin teacher - "you spend so much time working over a piece of technique repeatedly that you become sick of whatever piece of music contains it - hence Etudes, rather than spoiling your feelings about a "real" tune... more…

  • Re: Dry and reedy or sweet and rounded

    I would definitely go for the flute which lets me produce a wider range of tones. If a flute will play well with a lot of different approaches then I can usually find any particular tone quality that I want. The technical name for these flutes is "goo... more…