Btw, as far as the flute goes ....... It CAN be a beautiful instrument, it just never was for me. Must have been the flute.
I play the flute , both as a teacher of young band students and on my gigs.
I'm sorry to contradict an earlier poster, but the embouchures are completely different
(trumpet and flute). If you practice the flute you will get a good sound on it. Playing the flute has never caused any ill effect on my trumpet embouchure, in fact playing and practicing the flute is a nice change of pace form the trumpet and it lets your trumpet embouchure rest while you are playing flute. It is true that the flute is less demanding on your lips than the trumpet (should be obvious).
Thanks for the input, everyone!
@Gmonady- thanks for the link!
I was worried that trying the flute was affecting my sound on the cornet, having had more difficulty than usual hitting higher notes the past two days. It seemed that my lip was getting tired...well, I guess that's reasonable now that I think about it...
It isn't the instrument, it is the time and care that you take developing the necessary skills. Additional instruments only need additional practice time. If you have the time, there is no mechanical issue!
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
I remember our high school band director telling us that the flute takes more air than any other instrument, including the Sousaphone. All of the flute players in our band were girls. Pretty girls. With great lungs.
1952 Holton Revelation 48 w/ Stork Studio Master VM, Wick 4
1975 Bach Stradivarius 182 "flugelhorn", Bach 7fl
1930 Holton Llewellyn, Heim 1
1990 Bach Stradivarius 180 with 37 bell, 7 leadpipe, Wick 4
Early 1900s Jaubert Eb peckhorn, cheap Lyle mp
Early '60s Getzen Super Deluxe Tone Balanced Copra Temp
Olds Ambassador cornet in pieces.
Seems most are much more eager to talk about flute players than flute playing...
Selmer Radial, Bb.
Yamaha YTR4420E, C.
1930 Couesnon cornet
A mind that masters the breath
Creates strength (Lao-Tzu).
I played in a top 40 band in the 70's .. Chicago tunes , disco stuff... when we lost our sax player I took over the flute parts if they were featured... I wasn't great at it but how hard is it to play Color My World or some Jethro Tull pentatonic solo ... zero effect on the trumpet chops.. would go back and forth between them all night.
Come to think of it ..the flute players I dated did have an effect on my playing in school ... probably because they had great lungs and could kiss for long periods of time without coming up for air.
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