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    Default Flute Family (& related) instruments.

    I thought I remembered a flute thread, & came across this old thread again, which I responded to when I joined UU,

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...as-in-Boehm%29

    So I just thought I'd start a new thread for anyone to discuss any flute related instruments, that is, any instrument that you vibrate the air column, (no reeds).
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    My interest was awoken again when I came across the Yamaha Plastic Fife.

    I already owned a pre used Gemeinhardt (student) flute, purchased in about 2002(?), any way, I couldn't get a consistent embouchure & put it away for another day.

    I came across it again when sorting through some stuff, gave it a try, & I got some musical(?) notes out of it.

    Went looking online, as you do, & found that fife, so bought one - but that sparked off my long held desire to try a piccolo, & looking around online I came across a Yamaha YPC-32, a student model, half price, looked in very good condition, so I bought it!

    Now I seem to have a case of FAS - Flute/Fife Aquisition Syndrome.

    Today, I found a German made Fife, (about twice the price of the plastic Yamaha), made out of a Bakalite type material - it's on order.
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    I've played Irish style (concert flutes) with very limited success,
    Mostly just tootle on the tin whistle now.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/socalse...sort=dd&view=0
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    I've got a bad case of FAS lately, of the Native American style variety : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC19...gQhdtcppxqzjXw
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    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
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    -Gold Tone BUT


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    I play the recorder
    Folk style mainly

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    Well, Keith, we seem to have the same tastes in music--ukuleles, recorders, harmonicas and now flutes. I play concert flute, alto flute, Irish flutes, fifes and piccolos. My piccolos are wood and made like very small fifes. I use the Irish flutes to play the melodies to help me learn the Irish banjo. I use the concert and alto flutes for classical and Golden Oldies music. I usta play alto and sopranino recorders, but I thought I was playing too many instruments, so they had to go

    What kinda music do you like to play?
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    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo - G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Two ukes are better than one. Uh, what’s better than two?

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    Just getting back into it, but I tend to play ballad types of tunes, some classical, folk, trad jazz, a bit of early rock, that sort of thing.
    I usually start practicing with Scarborough Fair or Banks of the Ohio these days, like to try to play Summertime, Lara's Theme, Wonderful World, that kind of thing.
    (I had a collection of recorders but passed them on about a year ago.)

    So - ukes, harmonicas, & now flutes - if only I could be good at them.
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    Have any of you played Doug Tipple's pvc flutes? I've owned several and enjoyed them,

    http://tippleflutes.com/
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    Keith, here's a littie tip for you. Many piccolo players put an earplug in their right ear to cut down on the loudness. I do it myself sometimes. Might save your hearing some.

    Piccolos are a joy to play. I've even thought of buying a regular, keyed one, but I'll bet it wouldn't be as much fun as my two little wooden ones. The fifes are fun too, but a can't play the high octave anymore. My weak old embouchure won't allow it, so I just play the bottom two octaves. It's fun to play old Revolutionary War Tunes (begging your pardon) on it.

    I think music, like almost everything else, needs some variety. Playing the same way over and over gets stale.
    Last edited by Down Up Dick; 08-14-2017 at 08:20 AM.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
    Kala tenor eight string - gG cC EE AA

    Luna "Peace" concert - Lo - G CEA
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA -
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift) - C
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - C

    Two ukes are better than one. Uh, what’s better than two?

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    I've read that elsewhere also about using earplugs, particularly if you use the top octave, but I expect I'll be in the lower two & not get up to the third.

    I found another forum that has an active flute section, (Chiff & Fipple), so I've registered, it seems, on a look around, to mainly be key less flute players that frequent it, but likely I'll pick up some good tips on there.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
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