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How to Hold the Flute

Join Robert and Florence Estrin in this exciting video about flute posture

Released on March 5, 2014

  
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ANIT MCCMULLEN on February 12, 2015 @9:47 am PST
HI I AM HAVEING TROUBLE WITH MY NECK HOW FAR DOMIPUT IT DOWN OR DOI KEEP IT UP THANKYOU
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Robert * VSM MEMBER * on February 12, 2015 @1:41 pm PST
Tilt your head to the right and your face slightly left (leaning into the flute a bit). Look in a mirror to make sure the amount you are lowering your flute goes with the tilt of the head. Tilting the head allows you to play with more comfort. Do not tilt into an uncomfortable neck position.
Anne-Marie * VSM MEMBER * on January 7, 2015 @11:17 am PST
Thank you, for this great tip. How do you position/ align the head of the flute to the body of the flute? Any tips? Thank you for your great lessons.
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Florence Estrin on January 7, 2015 @1:14 pm PST
In my video "How to put a flute together" you will find my tips.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on January 7, 2015 @4:48 pm PST
Yes Anne-Marie, here is the video Florence has just mentioned:

http://www.virtualsheetmusic.com/experts/fluteshow/put-a-flute-together/
anita mcmullen on October 28, 2014 @11:47 am PST
hi Florence I watch you on hold th eflute myquestion is when you pivet do youmove your rigt side to thank you
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Florence Estrin - host, on October 29, 2014 @1:05 pm PST
Simply turn left from the waist up. Your entire upper body pivots left.
anita mcmullen on June 12, 2014 @3:57 am PST
hi I am learing to play the flute I got a metronome I do not know how to used it when I set the beats do I play the notes when the beats play or do I wait thank you
Vern on May 28, 2014 @2:38 pm PST
Wonderful tip, I think it will greatly improve my small ache while playing my instrument.
anita mcmullen on May 22, 2014 @5:38 am PST
question do you move your neck while playing the flute thankyou
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Florence - host, on May 22, 2014 @11:29 am PST
Flutists should tilt their head slightly in order to accommodate a more comfortable position for the arms. Make sure by checking in a mirror that the flute is not sagging more than the tilt of your head creating a gap under the right side of your mouth. Once in position you should keep extraneous movements to a minimum and not jerky.
Carolyn Kono * VSM MEMBER * on March 19, 2014 @2:16 pm PST
Thank you for posting this very helpful information. I actually have ulnar nerve damage that causes my left hand to cramp after a short while of playing. I think this change in positioning will help me immensely. I look forward to more episodes of The Flute Show.
Jan Booth * VSM MEMBER * on March 5, 2014 @2:22 pm PST
i have played the flute for many years and have never heard that simple change. As a community orchestra conductor , I will try this posture with my flute players. Thank you for sharing your experience.
Jan
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