Anyone try playing flute?

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  1. anotherhornter

    anotherhornter New Friend

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    Hello!
    I’m a novice, learning to play an old Roth cornet which I enjoy.

    Last week I started learning flute as well, and I’m worried that it may affect my horn playing.
    Has anyone had experience playing both instruments?
     
  2. bumblebee

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    I have - but it may not help you! I found I just couldn't make the flute sound nice (and it was a Yamaha with which my sister could challenge James Galway) so stopped. Maybe years of trumpet had had an affect on my lips/breathing which didn't suit the flute.

    However, playing the piano doesn't seem to have affected my trumpet playing at all.

    --bumblebee
     
  3. Vulgano Brother

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    Never played flute, but played around with a flute player who was the Drum Major's girlfriend. Put my life in serious danger.
     
  4. Buck with a Bach

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    Never played one either..............But........I did play around with a flute player, we've been married almost 36 years now:lol::roll::oops:
     
  5. Dupac

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    My secund wife (out of 3) was a flute player. I tried, but never got a good sound. From the flute, of course.
     
  6. TrumpetMD

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    I started playing the chromatic harmonica a year ago, which like the flute, is in C. I play both trumpet and harmonica in "real book" trio. I can't comment on embouchure differences with the flute. But having to learn these tunes in 2 keys has helped me musically.
     
  7. turtlejimmy

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    Playing flute, you'd be back in the key of C ... I play flute, casualy, if one happens to be around and there's a good reason. It's pretty easy compared to the trumpet .... Actually, I'd have to say it's very easy compared to trumpet.

    The embochures aren't that different. A lot more strength is needed for trumpet and there's no "buzzing" with flute. The way you're supposed to set your embochure for flute is with a very tiny round hole that produces a "laser-like stream of air." I remember some teacher saying that .... seemed like an overly vivid way to describe what is essentially a pretty boring sound overall.

    You rarely see a trumpet player doubling on flute but it's very common with saxophone players. My friend (who gave me sax lessons some years ago) makes a nice living around here because he plays (and can bring to any gig):

    Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone Saxes
    Flute
    Clarinet

    Why don't trumpet players double more on flute? All of those things my friend plays are totally similar in embochure EXCEPT the flute. It's actually closer to the trumpet embochure.:dontknow:

    Turtle
     
  8. gmonady

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    Nice discussion here which of course includes the tut-torial on flute playes, but in keeping to the theme of the original poster, I did some searching myself as I thought that the lip muscles used would require different orientation and therefore "different memory". So does this really matter. Then the original poster asked if there is anyone out there that has experienced this. Experience does offer valuable perspective so I am offering this link on a nice discussion with someone that actually has this experience.

    Musical Instrument Doubling, Flute Trumpet Trombone Brass Embouchure

    Hope this helps. As for experience with flute playes, every is on there own, as I can only imagine a vast array of experiences on that nuance.
     
  9. turtlejimmy

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    What? Is my experience in the post just above chopped liver?:dontknow: Didn't the OP ask is anyone had exerience playing both???

    I don't play often enough (the flute) to have a good idea if it's hard to do both. I doubt it. I'd say, judging by the number of sax players who also play flute very effectively .... go for it. C'mon, if a sax player can do it ..... If it messes up your trumpet playing, you can tell us.:-)

    Turtle
     
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  10. gmonady

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    Let me amend my commet to the following:

    Experience does offer valuable perspective so I am offering this link on a nice discussion with someone that actually has this experience... in addition to turtle who is definately NOT chopped liver... and in fact offers the best turtle soup I have ever tasted. So now we have 2 EXCELLENT perspectives that so complement one another nicely.

    [So Turtle, am I still in the dog house?]
     

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