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The Silver Flutist

For those whose hair color may match the color of their flute. We could be a newbie or a returning oldie. Let's share our wisdom and our love of learning the flute!

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Latest Activity: Feb 13

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Keeping it clean 9 Replies

I finally got a small chance to play my flute this week.  When I opened my case , I noticed the flute seemed extra tarnished. I had cleaned it not too long ago, and thought I had done a good job of…Continue

Started by Cin. Last reply by Cin Feb 18, 2013.

Global Warming, what do you think? 4 Replies

Cin asked about Global Warming in some general chat about weather. I wrote this lot out in answer and then thought I'd rambled on a bit so had a quick look before I posted up my reply. I'm glad I…Continue

Started by Simon Peters. Last reply by mark vankirk Jan 5, 2013.

Hi everybody 2 Replies

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving             Dick BContinue

Started by Richard Beliveau. Last reply by Dick Hoyt Nov 21, 2012.

Staccato help for Simon 3 Replies

I vote for Tu, Tu, Tu. Double tongue-- Ta Ka, Ta Ka, Ta Ka.Triple tongue-- Ta Ka Ta, Ta Ka Ta.Du Gu is more soft for legato . Doodle is blues.Continue

Started by Cin. Last reply by Simon Peters Nov 17, 2012.

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Comment by Cin on February 27, 2012 at 10:09am

I had a very nice Sunday playing for a good hour. I had to stop because the pads where getting sticky, and husband wanted dinner!  I skip scales these days, and go directly to playing some of the fun tunes that keep my fingers nimble and my mind  sharp.  I count the sheet music that I haven't played for a while, as " sight reading".  Is that fair? 

regards to all that find growing older a bit funny.


Comment by Simon Peters on March 2, 2012 at 5:12pm

I've never really learned scales Cin. I run up and down the notes I can play a few times now, to warm up my fingers and flute. There are a few scales and etudes at the back of my book, so I expect that if I had a teacher I'd have been set scales to learn. But no teacher means no-one to set me a time-frame or lessons to learn, so I just do what I feel like doing.
Not long ago I had fun learned Dvoraks New World theme, which has been used as the back ground music for a bread advert in a series of adverts running for many years. So it's quite well known over here. I've recently got Greensleeves down and I'm working on getting that up to its proper speed. Now I'm working on the 1812 theme and Swing Low Sweet Chariot.

I dunno about that Dick, I'm enjoying life. Mind you I'm not really old yet, I'm only 53 (in a few weeks time) :-D . I hurt a lot more than I used to, forget things, can't see as well etc etc etc. But it doesn't stop me doing anything I want to do. I learn something new almost every day still, or that could often be relearn but I've forgotten it. And this old dog is learning a new trick - playing the flute :-D

Comment by Simon Peters on March 2, 2012 at 6:17pm

You can call me that Dad ;-p You must be really old lol.

Comment by Simon Peters on March 2, 2012 at 6:37pm

Oh I'm old enough to know better, but I frequently do it anyway ;-)

Comment by Simon Peters on March 3, 2012 at 12:07pm

I started driving trucks in the army. My my first unit after training had me working in the tyre bay, then the servicing bay. They let me start actual driving a year after I got there.

The truck I drive now, although its a company truck, is my truck. No-one else drives it unless I'm on holiday. I drive it, I live in it and I keep it clean (ish).

This is the previous one, but the new one is exactly the same.

Comment by Dan Liddle on March 3, 2012 at 3:00pm

I've been playing for about a year and a half now. I try to pratice daily, scales and arpeggi, and some long tones. I also have a small repertoire of songs I play, lately I've been trying Adele's Rolling in the Deep, although I really need to work on timing (and tone and embruchure and articulation and...). Having said that I enjoy playing and as long as its fun I'll keep at it.

Comment by Simon Peters on March 3, 2012 at 4:57pm

Do you play Blues on the 'moothy' ?
I downloaded a big playlist of modern electric blues and one of the tracks was Whammer Jammer by the J. Giels Band. Exellent piece of music :-)

Comment by Simon Peters on March 3, 2012 at 5:20pm

My bunks are across the back of my cab, right behind the seats. There are 2 drawers below my bunk, the top 1 has a fridge in it. Across the top of the windscreen there are 3 big aircraft type lockers. Inside it's around 8 x 8 x 8 feet. That's around the max you'll find in a European truck. Our Construction and Use regulations are different to yours. We measure the length of the whole thing and the max is 17.5metres (60 feet ish,) front fender to rear fender. In the UK we run at heavier total weight though, 44 tonnes which is about 96,000 lbs. I can carry up to around 28 tonnes or 61,600 lbs. On a good day I might get 10 mpg and I do around 2,000 miles a week. That's a lot of diesel and it's expensive over here. £1.49 a litre, 5 litres to a gallon more or less.

Comment by Janet K Bordeaux on March 4, 2012 at 12:46am
Simon, that's a very handsome vehicle!

As I look through the posts and comments, I think I am the odd-ball in our group! I have a teacher, and I actually LIKE the challenge of doing scales. I get a kick out of finally learning to recognize what key a piece of music is in.

Here's my latest favorite way to warm up. Start on middle c and play chromatic up an octave to c, and back down again. Then start on C sharp and do the same thing, working your way all the way through the range (or your range) of the instrument. fun!
Comment by Janet K Bordeaux on March 4, 2012 at 12:50am
Oops, hadn't read all the posts before making mine..glad to know i'm not the only one who likes scales. I'm also working on arpeggios..ick. They frustrate me! But I do them because I believe they will help as I study more intricate music. I do major, minor, diminished for all 12 keys.


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