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Marian on April 20, 2016 @3:48 am PST
Florence, really appreciate the instructional videos you post with your husband The Flute Show. They are so useful and interesting. I am really struggling with my embouchure eg adjusting my lips out like a kiss for the high register and a wider, less "stuck out" for the lower register. However, it seems to make no difference when I adjust my lips. C# is still sharp and the low register is flat. What can I do to exercise these movements (are you a fan of buzzing?) or otherwise to develop my lip muscles so these embouchure adjustments make a difference? Thank you!
James on March 25, 2016 @2:46 am PST
Hey I have this problem where when i double tongue the lower notes like D and Eb the sound dosent come out enough and too soft, it's it because of my tonguing?
Tehillah * VSM MEMBER * on March 7, 2016 @1:45 pm PST
Hi, Florence:

I've started playing daily again after a few years of sporadic playing and notice that my throat gets little hoarse after playing for an hour or so. What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance!
Robert * VSM MEMBER * on March 9, 2016 @1:02 pm PST
I have never experienced that problem or witnessed it with any of my students. I would encourage you to talk with your doctor.
Raul Tellez Rangel on September 26, 2015 @5:54 pm PST
My flute won't play D,E,F and G and I want to yous it in a wedding in 3 months.
Florence - host, on September 28, 2015 @12:00 pm PST
It seems it is time to visit your flute repairman! It could just be a problem with the g key because if that is out of adjustment it would also affect the notes below g. However, if you have had the flute in the closet for a while it is possible you could have more serious issues.
Patsy Ann Simik on September 5, 2015 @4:21 pm PST
Ms. Estrin: Do you offer on-line flute lessons (such as Artist Works). I'm currently at mid-elementary level (Rubank). Perhaps the program would be for serious artists (I'm retired, able to read music and able to play the piano). Would I be able to work at my own pace over a couple of months? Thank you, Patsy Ann Simik
Florence - host, on September 6, 2015 @12:52 pm PST
I currently do not have online flute lessons. If you have any questions about flute playing I am happy to respond here through Virtual Sheet Music and perhaps make a video addressing your question.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on September 7, 2015 @1:07 pm PST
Patsy, we are working to allow video lessons here on Virtual Sheet Music. It is just a matter of time, but soon everyone will be able to have video music lessons on these very pages. We'll let you know as soon as we'll be ready. Stay tuned!
Laurie Hufford * VSM MEMBER * on July 17, 2015 @8:08 pm PST
What would you recommend for breathing in Bach Inventions..., specifically Invention no. 1 ? I find it difficult to insert breaths without being obvious during sections of this invention. Any suggestions?
Florence Estrin on July 22, 2015 @3:42 pm PST
Bach is always challenging for breathing! The Bach inventions are written for keyboard instruments. So, Bach didn't have breathing in mind when writing these works. However, there is still the sense of breath in all music! In any music that has continuous notes you should breathe more frequently with quicker breaths so that they are imperceptible. This way the musical line doesn't get interrupted. Also, in places in the invention that have eighth notes as opposed to sixteenth notes, it is easier to sneak a breath in without disturbing the phrase. As always, make sure you take a very large breath at the very beginning.
Rita Manners * VSM MEMBER * on February 4, 2015 @6:37 am PST
Thanks, Florence for the video regarding private flute lessons for students in the school band. My granddaughter started playing flute in 4th grade and was reading and playing ahead of the lessons she received in school; so I asked her if she would like to take private lessons. The very first lesson her teacher fixed a couple of problems she was having, and she has really excelled since then. She is now in seventh grade and has received outstanding scores each time she has played for a judge. I'm am thoroughly enjoying the Flute Show and all the wonderful tips that Robert has given for the piano.
Dale R Halsey * VSM MEMBER * on April 21, 2014 @9:48 am PST
Dear Florence, first of all I enjoy you and your husbands music tips. I play a Pearl flute, My questions i have some music that calls for a Cb fingering or D# none of my fingering charts show that. Is there a answer for that? Thankyou
Florence - host, on May 22, 2014 @11:55 am PST
Any time you have a flat it lowers the pitch 1/2 step, and a sharp raises the pitch 1/2 step. Thus, Cb=B natural and D#=Eb. These are called enharmonic equivalents. Robert is planning on doing a video on this subject.
Kitty Karis * VSM MEMBER * on March 19, 2014 @5:08 am PST
Hello, I would like to play the Hamburger Sonata in G from C.P.E. Bach for flute and piano/harpsichord. Is there any chance that you have this in the near future?
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 22, 2014 @3:13 pm PST
Dear Kitty, sorry for my late reply, but I really missed your question! We'll surely consider to publish that title in the near future. Stay tuned!
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