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Learning to play the flute on you're own
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Iam 72 and I picked up a book called How To Play The Flute, by Howard Harrison, He writes the book like a tutor would teach the flute. All I can say when I got thru it, and beleve me it wasn"t easy,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dale R Halsey Jul 28, 2012.

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Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"The song Hava Nagila is a Jewish song that they play at all of their festivals and is always played with the flute. It means Let Us Rejoice. You can get it on You Tube, and also Flute Tunes. I some times warm up with that tune, because you play it…"
Jan 20
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"When I decided to pick up the flute again my high school flute had had it, so I purchased a Pearl Elegante all silver flute, and it came with the split C and just yesterday playing for church I played E3 quite often, and it does sound a lot better.…"
Jan 20
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"I think I have a book around here that has alternative fingerings, If I fing it I will let you know. I do have a gizmo key that plays Bb real easy and that helps, and I have the split C that makes the E3 sound much nicer. Yes I have found different…"
Jan 18
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"I said the same thing when I retired, don't worry you will have plenty to do. You can spend more time practicing, I love it, and you are right every one should have some music in them no matter what they do in life! I was the same way, I have…"
Jan 17
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"I think you play more than one instrument, which one is your favorite? I just play the flute, I figure that one is hard enough. I and my partner play the hymns along with the congregation, that way I do have to practice them thru the week, that…"
Jan 16
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"I know what you mean, for me my eyes go ahead of the music sometimes 5or 6 notes my brain just keeps track of them. Especially in a fast number, I learn that in high school some how. We really had a good band teacher, at first I had to play a Db…"
Jan 16
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"He did not say, he just said C and F  I play a lot of hymns, but they are easy so I am working on classical pieces which some of them are hard, but very pretty, also bought a book on how to have a better tone. Found out one way to improve tone…"
Jan 15
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"I agree with you, I play in all sorts of keys, that is what is fun. The minor keys are more up beat than the Major keys but hey I like them all, and I always in practice try to play something I can not play, that for me makes me improve faster."
Jan 15
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"Also your music contains the scales, so when you are playing you are really practicing scales, maybe it is wrong, but that is what I do and I have now problems. If you do practice scales the c and the f scales are the ones to get good at, and you…"
Jan 15
Dale R Halsey commented on Cin's group The Silver Flutist
"It is better to practice a half hour every day, than skip to or three days and then practice for 2 or 3 hrs. At least that what I have been told."
Jan 15
Dale R Halsey replied to Cin's discussion Keeping it clean in the group The Silver Flutist
"This is how I get into the small spaces, use small smoking pipe stems, you can get them at any place that sells smoking pipes, tobacco etc.  Also you can get thin cigarette paper to clean your pads. I cut thin strips from a polishing cloth…"
Feb 18, 2013
Dale R Halsey replied to Cin's discussion Keeping it clean in the group The Silver Flutist
"I forgot to add this info, which I am sure you know.  The moisture in our fingers and hands contain a small amount of SALT. I am sure you know how corrosive that is!"
Feb 15, 2013
Dale R Halsey replied to Cin's discussion Keeping it clean in the group The Silver Flutist
"When you were a young student the flutes had more nickle than silver in them, so they did not tarnish as quick. I looked up the name of that black paper. It is called 3M Anti-Tarnish Strips, you can get it at many flute places, but one of them is…"
Feb 14, 2013
Dale R Halsey replied to Cin's discussion Keeping it clean in the group The Silver Flutist
"You may already know this but, the silver in the flute gives off some kind of rays which causes it to tarnish, always wipe it down the moisture in your fingers does the dirty work. Also the 3M co. makes some kind of black paper (dirt cheap) which if…"
Feb 12, 2013
Dale R Halsey commented on karen michaela smith's group flute in christian worship
"Megan, keep up the good work, I had to memorize silent night for our candle light svc. Had to play it in the dark which was a experience in an of its self. The more you do those things the easier it gets. When you say some of the songs do not sound…"
Jan 8, 2013
Dale R Halsey commented on karen michaela smith's group flute in christian worship
"I do not know how to post it either, I wish some one would or could tell us how, I am going to try e-mailing it I have done that before with good results. You scan the piece into your pc then add it to the e-mail you send it works for me."
Oct 29, 2012

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A little bit about yourself
I am 71 used to play the flute,now that I am retired I'll have more time to get back in practice. It is coming back just like typing does. I do not expect to become a expert at this age. But play some pieced and hymns for church which has another flutest who talked me into this idea, so we can play duets etc. But it is hard to find church music for flute duets with piano accomplement
What type/model of flute do you play on?
Emmerson, brand new withe the Bb key
How long have you been playing the flute?
5-10 years
Who are your Favorite Composers?
Bach, Mozart I have a lot of favorites

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At 6:46pm on October 8, 2011, Jesse Clark said…
Hi Dale, Welcome to FlutistConnect!
At 9:19am on October 11, 2011, Jesse Clark said…
For the most part Emmerson's are really good flutes. It has been a while since I have played duets, I would suggest asking the fourm.
At 11:20am on October 12, 2011, Jesse Clark said…
No worries, if you click on "Forum", there is an "Add" button; it takes you to this page: http://www.flutistconnect.com/forum/topic/new
At 3:30pm on May 22, 2012, Cin gave Dale R Halsey a gift
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery. the silvers
At 11:53am on July 23, 2012, Cin said…

so glad to here from you.  Hope all is well.  If I get lucky, and pass those pearly gates, I'll find you and play a duet or two!

At 5:59pm on October 26, 2012, Megan said…

Can you give me your  In Christ Alone piece that you copied from piano?

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