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What Flute Would You Buy?

So, I get asked this question a lot from students or other musicians. If you had say, $1000 to spend on a Flute, what would you get? Or if you had $2000? Or $4000? or $5000?

Me, I’d get a used flute. A Haynes perhaps, or a Powell. I lucked out on getting a used Closed hole Haynes from $700 about 8 years ago. A repad job later it plays great.

James Galway 16 Flute Video

James Galway recently did a video where he played 16 of his flutes. He took out the color so there was no cheating as to what material the flute being played was made out of. I thought they all sounded great.

Here are the details of which flute was which.

  1. Lois Lot silver 10032
  2. Muramatsu silver EX 53320. / Muramatsu Pads
  3. A.K. Cooper 164 silver with a Haynes Head / Pads unknown
  4. Muramatsu all silver 14657 / Muramatsu Pads
  5. Muramatsu Platinum 44755 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  6. J.Brogger. 18k gold 555 with a Nagahara head. c# trill key and Straubinger Pads
  7. Muramatsu 18k gold 61700 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  8. A. K. Cooper 14k gold 188 (Berlin Phil flute) Left hand low C# key Pads Unknown
  9. Emanuel 18k gold 150 C# Trill key Pads unknown
  10. A.K.Cooper. 14k gold 197 Straubinger Pads
  11. Kanichi Nagahara 20k gold 550 C# Platinum riser
  12. Muramatsu 9k gold 64200 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  13. Muramatsu 14k 38220 Muramatsu Pads
  14. Kanichi Nagahara 18k gold 518 C# Trill key and Platinum riser
  15. Muramatsu 24k gold 60100 / C# trill key Muramatsu Pads
  16. Muramatsu 24k gold 55555 / Switchable split E and Muramatsu pads.

I’m curious as to why Sir James does not have a Powell nor a Haynes in his collection? Or even a Yamaha?

Period Recordings Of Marcel Moyse

Title pretty much says it all. They are old recordings (1930s), but man, the tone is amazing. I can only wonder what he’d sound like using modern equipment. I believe they used to make these straight to disc. Disc, meaning waxed disc. You can learn a little about the technology here and here (take Wikipedia with a grain of salt though).

The recordings are housed here:
http://www60.tok2.com/home/sonore/

Beatboxing On Flute

Greg Patillo has some excellent youtube videos of him beatboxing and playing flute.

Inspector Gadget

Super Mario Brothers!

Excellent stuff. He has a Myspace page (I hate myspace). Check him out!

If you want to learn more about beatboxing, check out Humanbeatbox. They have some videos and tutorials there. I found the site very enjoyable, especially some of the demos. The guy has this English/Australian accent that just cracks me up. (L as in Lollipop).

But seriously, beatboxing and flute is a very cool thing. Coolest thing I’ve heard since Tom Scott’s flute solo on Patrick Williams tune Threshold.

Transcriptions of Harold McNair Jazz Flute Solos

John Devitt wrote “Hello all, for those of you interested in studying jazz flute improvisation I’ve uploaded two MIDI files of transcribed solos of the late great jazz flautist Harold McNair to my website. If you don’t have a sequencer or notation program which can print out the solo part you can download the accompanying PDF files and print them out. The files are strictly for private study and may not be used for commercial purposes. On my homepage just scroll down to the MIDI files area. Hope you enjoy,and, of course, feedback is welcome.

Regards,

John Devitt http://home.hetnet.nl/~johmar/index.html

Long Tone Exercises for Young Students . . .

harry63 writes “I teach flute lessons in my community and I am having the hardest time getting my younger students (grades 7-9) to practice their long tones. Their finger technique is excellent, but their tone leaves a lot to be desired. When I ask them I get the “but it’s so BORING” response. I have tried explaining the importance, but they don’t think it is necessary. Are there any suggestions on ways to implement long practicing without giving them boring exercises?”

Jazz Scales and Improv

Amber writes “I have ‘composed’ the jazz scales. My friend taught me the B flat jazz scale and I used the intervals of that scale to create the other 11. I am not sure how accurate they are and it would be wise to learn them correctly. What is the best book on jazz scales,3rds,arpeggios ect. as well as improv for flute? Thankyou! :)”

125 Easy Classical Studies for Flute in BinaB format

Ian Ross Drummond writes “The following files may be found at the BIABFSG site in the files section.


125 Easy Classical Studies for Flute (Part 1 & 2)

The files within this Zip are a collection of Band in a Box files worked from a study book in my possession called “125 Easy classical studies for Flute”.(Universal Edition UE 16042) The files are worked around classical flute studies by:-

  • Francois Devienne
  • Louis Drouet
  • Anton Bernard Furstenau
  • Giuseppe Gariboldi
  • Antoine Hugot
  • Johann George Wunderlich
  • Ernesto Kohler
  • Charles Nicholson
  • Wilhelm Popp
  • Heinrich Soussmann
  • Johann George Tromlitz

These are a fine collection of studies for the beginner flautist, written by master flautists. They are short and melodic and will hopefully prove to be fun to play along with. I have made no attempt to render these files in a “classical” style since the purpose is to provide a purely enjoyable way for young players to work through the text. If young players work through these files with their own computers,or in a group teaching/learning situation,then I will be well satisfied. As is usual with my files I want to make the point that the original text should be bought!! BB will not notate the melody correctly but should sound reasonably correct (trills are problematic) and I have made no attempt to correct the actual notation. (The music will go out of print if nobody buys it so BUY THE STUDY BOOK!) I can make no claim to harmonic mastery but I hope that these “work-horse” arrangements will render practice more enjoyable for our younger flautists. (The melody is only stated once with all the files and then continues with accompaniment alone)

Ian Ross Drummond (iantrdrummond@hotmail.com)”

Any recommendations for Jazz Flute CD’s?

Kanga asked “I recently picked up my flute again after many years to introduce my kids to music theory. I have in the past only played classical pieces and was interested in Jazz. Thank you for such a great site! I have been getting my lips and fingers working together again with your exercises and patterns. Do you have any recommendations for a few good Jazz Flute CD’s that I can listen to?”

Yeah, there are a lot. I’d start with finding stuff from Jim Walker and Freeflight. Then, you could look into Nestor Torres, Robert Dick, Hubert Laws and others.