Gold Module 11 Flute Lessons

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Total Time: 35 Minutes 5 Seconds

Flute Lessons Module 11

As always, watch the videos in order and… Have fun!


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[headline style=”1″ font_size=”24″ font_font=”Arial” font_style=”bold” align=”center” headline_tag=”h2″]6. READ Go Tell in C: 10:09

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Gold Module 11 Flute Lessons

Gold Module 11 Flute Lessons


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Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller
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163 thoughts on “Gold Module 11 Flute Lessons”

  1. Hey Audrey, it sounds like you probably have a leaking pad. Try pushing really hard on your fingers and see if that improves it. If it does, then you can detective-work which pad is the culprit.

  2. I have the same problem with high D…..I can not make a nice strong D….it sounds weak and airy. and sometimes the tone is off….like I am playing the wrong note but yet all my fingers are where they are suppose to be. hmmmm……

  3. Hey guys,
    Monica sounds fabulous! Fingering is all great, positioning is great, tone is great. It’s all great great.
    I also like the cool colored flute. All is sounding well. Yay! ~Rebecca

  4. Quinton Andrews

    Hi Rebecca. I’m loving your class and being able to play an instrument again brings a lot of joy! I do have one problem that almost always happens though. Every time i try a low F, i barely get much sound out and if i blow slightly harder or angle my breath slightly into the flute I always pull out a high F. Any suggestions on how to get a defined low F?

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  6. Hi Miriam, the tune I”m playing at the beginning of the video is a part of the “Pachelbel Canon”. I do teach it to you here- yay!! ~Rebecca

  7. Hey Rebeca! What was the name of the sone that played on 1 what about those knuckles. It played in the very beginning.

  8. Hi Phong, thanks for including the comment here with your question. I totally understand. It’s going to feel like a preference probably as you get better and better at controlling the tiny muscles in your lips. And, there is definitely a time for da or ta also. The forward tonguing is great for many reasons, and the low notes are especially great for making sure they ‘pop’ out right on time. It takes practice, and it sounds like you’re doing well. Think of air direction and warming your air (like fogging up a glass). Experiment a bit and see how it goes for you. Glad you asked. ~Rebecca

  9. Rebecca, here is Jennifer’s comment (in case you cannot read the previous commend in the thread) ” realize now why you teach us to place our tongue behind the lips instead of on the roof of the mouth. I am finding that it is much easier when playing high notes. I thought my tone was clearer when I placed my tongue on the roof of my mouth but that was only for low notes. I get a much clearer tone on high notes when pressing my tongue to my lips. Thanks for the great instruction”
    I have similar experience. When playing high note, I put my tongue between lips, but I find it clearer and easier to put my tongue on the roof of the my mouth and more of a “da” instead of “ta”. Using “ta” or “spitting” technique will overblow it to a higher octave because the air speed is faster. Does any of your students (or perhaps beginning student) have the same problem or experience? Thanks

  10. I can’t tell where to start with the music in Go Tell in G. I’ve listened to it numerous times and I can’t hear the connection with the song and the accompanying music.

  11. Ah yes, the stickies happen to new flutes especially. It should go away. Keep the inside of your flute clean, and make sure you have clean breath before you play. ~Rebecca

  12. It’s D sharp key, when I pressed it down, I heard a noise, sound like it’s sticky, but my flute is brand new.

  13. Hi Phong, Can you remind me what exactly is the question about the pinky key? Do you mean the foot joint? Or the actual pinky key and needing to learn how to keep that pinky finger a little relaxed. (curved and not stick straight) ~Rebecca

  14. I seem to have similar issue withe right hand pinky key, but my flute is brand new. I remember you said something about this problem with new flute, but I forgot what you said and didn’t remember in which module. Can you explain it again or refer me to the module that you mentioned it? Thanks

  15. Hi Kate, so glad you’re here learning, and making it through the DCDEC module. haha, you’re right- it’s a bit of a challenge at first. But, after you conquer this, it opens up a whole new world!! Yes, warm-ups are included when you need them in the modules. They’re ‘tone studies’ many times. Keep them and use them always- even if I don’t specify in each lesson. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  16. Hi Rebecca :-)…I agree that the challenging…been laughing a lot!…
    Just saw the monthly Bonus lesson/September..Great reminders! …
    At the end you said..’.warm up.’ As a returning Player..I have been anxious to see if it was possible to learn to read…apparently it is!..YaY…but, any warm up has been neglected..,.. Please, have you included any, ‘warm up’ videos?. Thank you. Kate..

  17. Hi Linda, sounds like you’re doing great and pay attention to the small details here. That’s one of the best ways to become a great musician. Good job! The legato notes are lightly tongued (not slurred).
    It’s totally great to hang out in a module for a while. It’s most important to get the skills solid so that the next modules will be easy and not frustrating. I’m sure you understand that. You’re great! See you again soon. ~Rebecca

  18. I have a question. In the last two measures of Aunt Rhody in C where you want the notes played legato, are you separating them with your tongue or slurring them?

    I may be hanging here awhile. Can’t seem to get the finger gymnastics consistent. Then when I try to smooth out the notes legato, fingers, & tongue get all discombobulated and I run out of breath.

  19. Hi Rebecca,

    It is much easier for me to play this song by ears…but i don’t want to do that. That’s why i’m here… to read the music…and so far i need to work on it.

    I’m going to spend some time repeating this last song. ….catch you later lol


  20. Hi Jennifer- a perfect comment here. Thanks! Actually, we’ll learn to use our tongue in different ways the more advanced we get, and for now- this is the best way for you to get the best tone. Easy success! Keep it up! ~Rebecca

  21. Jennifer DeCory

    I realize now why you teach us to place our tongue behind the lips instead of on the roof of the mouth. I am finding that it is much easier when playing high notes. I thought my tone was clearer when I placed my tongue on the roof of my mouth but that was only for low notes. I get a much clearer tone on high notes when pressing my tongue to my lips. Thanks for the great instruction.

  22. Yes the Tone Course info will be coming in a few days. I hope you receive my emails (even though you’re signed up under your dad’s name). If you have a different email you want my correspondence sent to, just let me know and I’ll change it in my system. Thanks!

  23. Can you send me a link for singing up? Because I’m not sure where to go. Thanks for the tips I will use them for now on. Another question. Are the skype / FaceTime lessons extra payment?

  24. Oh, and you should definitely sign up for the tone course that comes out every January. It’s reallllly good for helping you with tone and high notes etc. πŸ™‚

  25. Hi Letizia, nice to hear from you. Yes, those high notes are a trick for a little while until you get certain muscles moving in the right way. I’m not sure exactly what your issue is right now, but know that you are normal, and that by following the lessons here (in order) and practicing (daily is best), you’ll get it no problem. The biggest thing you need to know at this stage is that if you pull your cheeks back, it’ll actually be harder to get those high notes out… and they’ll sound thin and pinched. So keep your lips full (and a teeny bit forward) without smiling your cheeks. I think this will help. Also, practice those head joint exercises I taught you in the first couple of modules. Let me know how it goes!! Good luck. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  26. Hello Rebecca, my name is actually Letizia I am under my dad’s name. I love your flute lessons but I still can’t get high or low notes right. Do you have any tips or articles?

  27. I have figured out how to play about 2 octaves of notes now, with some arranged #’s and β™­’s across the range. YAY!

  28. Thanks for mentioning this, Joshua. I’m super glad you’re playing with the accompaniments – Take some time to learn to tap your foot (or flap your arms etc) to the beat so that you can learn to stay with the accompaniment and not end up ahead. I’ll take a look at how else I can help from here. Keep it up! You’re on the right track for sure. ~Rebecca

  29. I miss when you would play the song w/ accompaniment for us, I got done (Minding the repeat) and sat for a minute or more to wait for the accompaniment to finish in video 3, also would help if metronome was on in the video or you directed us in (w/ voice, obviously, but still, helps a lot) and I just am having a hard time without you doing anything like that.

  30. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Jane, these are great comments. I also have one knuckle that seems to get ‘stuck’ or ‘frozen’ at times. I think it’s just another one of our interesting ‘human features’. It sounds like you’re going to do really, really well here at Learn Flute Online. See you in the next module soon! πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  31. It’s so interesting that you spoke about knuckles in this module. I learned flute in my school band, beginning in 6th grade in 1951. I recently bought an old flute at a garage sale & quickly learned it was not worth repairing but have ordered another one. In the meanwhile I have been practicing my fingering and other techniques through your online classes. I have arthritis in my hands & I hope playing again will help. So far I do not have too much discomfort but the first knuckle on the left hand is “frozen”. All the other fingers I am still able to curve as you (and my 6th grade band director) taught. I am enjoying your classes so much & am discovering as I relearn how to finger the notes that they are coming back to me automatically by feel. I should have done this years ago. I hope to get good enough to eventually join our civic band where I live.

  32. Hi Clair, you’re doing so great – already on module 11! Yes, the DCDEC is something that must be perfected… it’s what makes everything else upcoming possible and easy. Happy you are here learning with us all. πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  33. Hi Rebecca, wow practicing that DCDEC is difficult! I’m still struggling with my breath especially in the leggato section. Is it better to blow more gently into the flute to get a better sound? mine is still sounding quite breathy. I’m really enjoying these lessons, its definitly good to learn by ear as well. Thanks for the good support in your modules!

  34. Great question, Betsy. It sounds like you are missing a wee pad on your flute. If you’ll push that pinky key down you’ll notice that it hits the barrel of the flute. If the cork or rubber stopper is missing or worn down you’ll hear a click then. Or, if you notice the key that comes ‘up’ when you press the pinky key – it’s possible that it is bent and metal is touching metal etc. It’s definitely a mechanical thing. A good repairman can fix that in a fast jiffy. ~Rebecca

  35. Hi Rebecca~
    I have a mechanical question: I’m starting to hear a small click sound from my right hand pinky key when I press it. What does that mean?

  36. There are many helpful apps for practicing your rote-memory of notes, and also I really like cleartune for the tuner. I guess you’ll have to explore which apps you may find helpful for your particular platform (iOS or Android).

  37. Hey! That’s waaayyy cool! If you play the G version while the C version with accompaniment is rolling, you get a very oriental sound since C is a perfect fourth above G!

  38. Yes, Don. You are exactly right. The second octave D is definitely an ‘airy empty’ note unless you use a strong enough air stream to clear it up. That’s the secret to this note. Stronger air stream on the second octave D. Yup Yup. You can do it now. Great observation! ~Rebecca

  39. Hi Rebecca you had given a video on how to blow for E, to not blow so deep and it worked out very well for me, but the problem for me is the D it seems to have a mind of it’s own. I have been spending lots of time with Go Tell in C and most of the time it’s the D that sounds empty. Can you give me any tips?

  40. Michel Van Eeckhout

    Oh, that’s right, I can’t see lessons 11 and 12 either, but 10 and 13 are fine, but I don’t wish to skip to 13 just yet, as I might miss something important. I guess it will be back up shortly πŸ™‚ Time to practice what i already learned ! See you later !

  41. I am enjoying these lessons and feel I am making much progress. However, I wish to report a technical difficulty.
    I am unable to retrieve the lessons from Modules #11 and #12 only. All others work just fine. I notice this problem when I attempt to review those lessons. Your help would be appreciated.
    Chuck Morton.

  42. Thanks i have the sheet music for canon in D its a really pretty song thanks again πŸ™‚

  43. Hi Lucia, in module 11 the piece I play at the beginning of the modules is the Canon in D by Pachelbel (Different modules have different tunes…)

  44. Great question, Ofek. There are several notes that are ‘off tune’ if you’re not using your pinky when instructed. Also, there’s a balance issue that affects tone. So… even if you can’t tell the difference it’s important to use the correct fingerings and to especially pay attention to that pinky. I sometimes have to tell my students to just do it because ‘teacher said so’ if that’s good enough for ya. πŸ™‚

  45. Hi Rebecca!
    First, Thank you for wonderful teaching!
    Second, before I got the Gold level lessons I have practiced pretty much on my own and learned all notes of the first and second Octave, and some of the third. You said in this module that it is super-important to keep the right pinky pressing on all notes but the D. Why is it so important? I found out it works the same without it.
    Thank you,

  46. Merissa Barcomb

    Hi Rebecca!

    I am absolutely loving these videos! I use to play clarinet in high school so I’m kind of familiar with reading notes. In video 2 of this module, the phrase you use, “every good boy does fine” brought back so many memories, except in school, my music teacher taught us “every good boy deserves fudge”. I guess using food was more appealing to us kids to remember how to read our music. heehee πŸ™‚

    Thanks for putting this fabulous website together. I’ve always loved the flute and am learning so much. I would not have been able to come this far without your instruction!! You’re an amazing teacher!!

  47. Thank you so much Rebecca for the lessons! You are a great teacher! That was a little tricky but I guess it is just training the fingers to do what they are to suppose to do. It becomes second hand with lots of practice! I would guess your new computer is a Mac! Enjoy it! I love mine!

  48. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Eleanor, the dizziness comes when you inhale more oxygen than your brain can handle. So, when you are attempting to ‘up’ your flute-playing game, you’ll probably get a little dizzy until your body learns to regulate it. The best way to get your high notes cleared up is to make sure you are using proper air speed. If your hole (in your mouth) is too big still (as beginners usually always are) then you’ll expend too much air- spraying it around the room instead of precisely in the tiny little spot it needs to hit on your mouth piece. So, when you learn to close your aperture (hole in your lips) more, your air will come out at a faster, more pressurized speed. This will clear the fuzzies off your tone. Whew.
    *I should mention that there are many, many, many other ways to clear up tone- but at this level this is probably the #1 answer for you. πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  49. Eleanor Daniels

    Hey Rebecca, I didn’t do the whole 100 thing, but I don’t think I need too… my DCEDC sounds pretty good. But I sound really airy, and today I got really super dizzy. I think it’s weird that I got dizzy today, since I’ve been doing flute for a while. I did it for longer today than I’ve done in a while- could that be it? Also, are there any tips for the airyness? Thanks so much for your time, and you are an AWESOME teacher…

  50. I’m having a REAL problem….my husband keeps singing along,the dog is howling and I can stop laughing lol. Having lots of fun ….your lessons r great!

  51. I think I might be hanging out in Module 11 for quite some time! That’s ok…I want to do it right and get comfortable before I move on, At my own pace, right?!!!

  52. Hi Rebecca, I just wanted to mention an iApp for those that have an iPad. It is called Tonare, it does help you to play along moving along the notes while at the same time recording what one plays. It has a metronome included too. It is really nice, and pdfs can be uploaded in Tonara. So i usually emailed myself your pdfs and then upload them in tomara. Really cool.
    I love your lessons!

  53. Hi Sarah, yes of course I taught my son to play the flute. All of my children have learned to play the flute from me (and other instruments as well). All on a very, very high level also. I’m glad you’re getting better at your flute skills and reading the music, etc. Good luck! ~ Rebecca

  54. This is actually a really great question, Sarah. The pinky sometimes does not make a difference in what you hear. There are certain notes that it is IMPERATIVE that the pinky be on (example; E and Eb), but one main reason we need to learn to use our pinky wisely and efficiently is for balance, skill, and technique etc. It is best practice to learn to use the pinky everywhere I show you and you’ll be able to get to a much, much higher level as a flute player than you would without this habit/skill. So,… in short— USE YOUR PINKY ALL THE TIME!! πŸ™‚ ~ REbecca

  55. Hi. I noticed I seem to be having alot of trouble with remembering to keep my right pinky on the key. To me, whether or not you used it, there didn’t seem to be alot of difference in the notes. I know that what you teach me is important but why do you have to use that pinky key? Does it help with tone or something?

  56. Hi Rebecca! Having alot of fun with your lessons. πŸ™‚ I also thought the short video of your son playing the flute was very impressive. Did you teach him to play? I really like re-learning how to read notes. I can already read notes well, but I was starting to have some trouble…anyway, glad to be working with you!


  57. Hi Anna, thanks for leaving a comment. We are so happy you are here learning. We wish you luck and happy practicing. πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  58. Hello Rebecca,
    This is my first time leaving a comment. I am having such fun learning to play the flute… learning the notes is easy… but I do play by ear often… I look forward to each lesson and refer to past ones as well.
    Truly glad I found your online lessons…

  59. Oh good. I guess I’ll have to start trying a lot harder for you students at this level. πŸ˜‰

  60. Of course you better than me, but at list on the exercises I beat you all the time… LOL… Thank you. Lessons are fantastic, always encourage me to continue practice and improve myself.

  61. Hey Martin, that WOULD be great entertainment. Please let me know what corner you’ll be on so I can come throw some quarters your way. πŸ˜‰ ~ Rebecca

  62. Hi Rebecca – your lessons are brilliant! After I get to lesson 25 I expect to be able to busk on the streets for pennies! Great entertainment value – thanks!! Martin

  63. Yes, Daniela that C to D is the first real “trick” you have to master. You can do it. Repeat, Repeat, Repeat, Repeat. etc etc πŸ™‚

  64. Hi Rebecca
    I think I made quote a bit of progress but still having a hard time switching my fingers from high D to C and visa versa.

  65. The angling or the breath tip, about the E versus the following higher notes, that is SOOOO cool, it works!!! Actually, I tend to fall into the deeper notes, but hey, progress!! Thanks!!

  66. You’re welcome, Daniel. I appreciate your comments. I’m excited for you to learn to play the flute well. πŸ™‚

  67. Most of my starting students have it mastered in about 4-7 days. Everyone’s bodies are different. Do your 100 and be sure and only count the perfect ones. πŸ™‚

  68. Hi Rebecka, Can you tell me how long you expect it to take me to master D C D E C ? Do I have to master it or get it ok for now? Thank you for your kind answer.

  69. Hello, I’m having trouble with my D’s I get E & F D’s to C I practice D’s still need practice everything else is done just about. I like B flats, C, C#. I appreciate the wisdom of your teaching I can’t thank you enough for being right all the time.

  70. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Patty, thanks for the question. The high notes become easy after teaching your body what is necessary. Complete each lesson in order and you’ll find the secrets unfold one by one. You do have to teach your body, so practicing daily is going to be necessary. You can do it. Pay special attention to breath and lip shape. You’ll notice that the higher you go, the more your lips will “close” and the hole will become tiny. This tiny hole creates resistence and changes the air speed and pressure when blowing. This all makes great high notes. Follow the lessons in order and you’ll be golden. πŸ™‚

  71. Patty Willard

    Hi Rebecca, I’m really enjoying my flute lessons. I played the clarinet when I was young and always wanted to learn flute! I am having trouble with getting the high notes, any advice?
    Thank you,

  72. Hey Tony – we’re all here for ya buddy. I feel motivation comes from success. So, be sure to follow my instructions and do the repeats necessary for proficiency on what is being taught. Once the new things become “habit” then it’s time to add a new skill. It’s SO fun to play well. You CAN do it!! We are all cheering you on. πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  73. Antonio DaSilva

    Hi Rebecca,
    I started playing last year, went from module 1 to 11 in less than a month. I got exited and bought an expensive flute. A month later I lost interest in playing, and my brand new flute was in the box until now. When I read your email to rejoin the lessons I got exited again.
    Yesterday I was amazed of how fast I was able to remember most of it, and go from the very beginning all the way to the 11 module in the same day, even after almost a year away from my flute.
    Now is the hard part, staying motivated. What should I do to stay motivated? I really love the flute.
    Also, I would like to thank you for helping me find the best internet provider to run the videos.


  74. Hi Adrienne, I’m glad you’re able to find a work-around. Make sure you always print out the sheet music pdf also. That’ll be the best way to take care of this. Have a super fun 100x today! πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  75. Adrienne Coleman

    hi rebecca,
    what a fun, challenging lesson! i’m having trouble seeing the music (too small) & not able to make it full screen. i’ve switched to 720 without success. my alternative is to do a screen shot & make it bigger. good stuff!! THANK YOU! I love the lessons. Now i’m off to practice dcdec 100x! whew!


  76. You’re doing great, Lorraine! Your fingers get better and better at it the more you try. πŸ™‚

  77. Lorraine Bahman

    Hi Rebecca, I’m so enjoying your lessons, I’m still having a hard time with the fingerings but I will keep practicing..

  78. Lorraine this is a really great question! Actually it all depends on where the note is on the staff. If it is above the B line the stem faces down and if it is below the B line the stem is “up”. The general rule is that if it is on the B line then it just depends on what notes are surrounding it. I hope everyone reads this because I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before or not. πŸ™‚

  79. Lorraine Stokes

    Hi Rebecca, I have a question on note reading, was wanting to know how come some notes stems face up and others face down , why is that, have I missed something in previous module ? Hope wasn’t stupid question thanks for the great lessons πŸ™‚

  80. Hey Samah, I love hearing your playing again. This is fun! I think your Go Tell Aunt Rhody is marvelous. You stayed right on with the accompaniment. It was fabulous.
    The Squeaky E recording is coming along. Those notes are a bit trickier to get really clear. I can hear that you can make your hole smaller and rounder – then blow more firmly and it will clear up even more.
    Can’t wait to hear you in a few more modules. πŸ˜‰

  81. Hi Teresa, you’ve just had a beginner’s moment. It’s okay – it happens to everyone. I think our lips do funny things sometimes. But, it’s okay- you just need to go through the “spitting” warm-up and watch in a mirror to make sure your flute is set in the right place. It’ll be back very soon. Every day it will get stronger and easier. πŸ™‚

  82. Hi Rebecca, I’m thoroughly enjoying your lessons, the pace and your positive approach. And I can learn at midnight if I choose!
    Last night I perfected ‘Go Tell Aunt Rhody’ in C and could play it by ear and I was really really pleased with myself. BUT this morning I am struggling to get a tone from my flute, I can play – but my notes are not ‘strong’. Any idea why this happened overnight please?

    A big thank you, Teresa

  83. Hi Yoav, thanks for this comment. It’s totally normal to be airier than me for a while. Actually, the airiness comes from a couple of different reasons (assuming your flute is in good condition), the biggest reason for beginners is that their tone hole (lip shape) is much too big. This causes the air to be spread across the lip plate and scatter around the room instead of being directed right into the hole in a very small but firm stream of air. Imagining this and checking out the size of your hole (lips) in a mirror will help you get on the right track. Yes, I would slow down a bit, and use all of the songs you’ve learned so far as warm up to your practice session each day. πŸ™‚

  84. Hi Elizabeth, I love your report and your questions about the “blurp” between the C and D also. It’s actually quite normal for your left and right brains to have to learn to work together in the first few months of playing the flute. The tricky part for your body is that your left hand is being used on the right side of your body. It takes time to adjust. The extra “blurp” sound you get between those notes is just an issue of your fingers not hitting and lifting off keys at the exact moment. What happens is one of your hands is getting their fingers down just before the other hand does (when moving from C to D). This causes an extra sound. Focus on the simultaneous movement and you’ll have it!

  85. Hi Rebecca.
    I am having no trouble with fingering and note reading. However, no matter what I try, my sounds have much more “air” in them. They are not as clean as yours.
    Does this mean I need to stop progressing with the classes and just practice the same stuff again and again or can I move on and the sound will improve over time?

  86. Hi Rebecca, I am thoroughly enjoying learning the flute and I love your style of teaching. I am a piano and guitar teacher myself so am able to read music well, but I still go through the reading music lessons, and I like the way you cover note reading. I finally managed to play Twinkle Twinkle today, it needs a bit of polish, but considering I couldn’t manage the high notes at all two days ago I am thrilled that I am getting them now. So I am now working on Aunt Rhody. I have practiced the DCDEC probably more than 100 times now, it’s fine until I started slurring it then I seem to get a very untidy change between the D and E D and C is fine but D and E gets a “blurp” in between. Is it something to do with my fingers not being placed on the keys all together.
    I do want to get ahead so much, but I realize I have to slow myself down and work on each technique.
    Thanks so much for these lessons, they are awesome. I also want to wish you and your lovely family a very Happy Christmas. Here in New Zealand it’s summer, but I’m wondering if you have a white Christmas.

  87. Now you got me! DCDEC Wow so simple and so difficult at the same time! The tone of the D seems to change to much when I change the finger! Any hint?

  88. Valeria, no pdf for this one, but I have a trick you can do in order to have a higher resolution on the videos. While the video is playing click on the 360 in the top right corner of the video box. You’ll see an option to click 720. Click 720 and your video will start over and be in a higher resolution. You can always create your own staff lined paper as big and bold as you need to practice.

  89. Good job Steve. You just have to remember to repeat the lesson more than once if you are not feeling very solid about the skills taught in the module. It takes some work, but is totally worth it. If you have more questions let me know in detail what is troubling you and I’ll be glad to answer.

  90. Hi, Rebecca, lots of fun with the gold lessons. By the way, in video 2 I cant see the lines proporly, although I can try to read the notes. Is there any pdf for this video?


  91. But i can now play it really well.I can play it with out any notes or any guide lines.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  92. Hi Rebecca
    I still am having alot of difficulty in getting a nice D sound, it sounds more like a goose honking! Any suggestions? I will send you a video when I can so you can hear my special D!

  93. I’m glad you’re focusing on the tone and technic because that’s what it’s all about. *also memorize everything you learn here and you’ll begin to be able to play by ear in no time. Awesome!

  94. Alphonsus Geerlings

    Hi, Aunt Rhody was ok and the the whole module excellent. I move a little faster than you expect, because notereading is no problem. I am concentrating on tone and technic as you teach them. That is ofcourse going slower but… practice makes perfect. See you soon again. Donalfonso.PS I miss the introbeat by aunty and also could not print on my laptop.

  95. Donna, yes, there’s a “perfect” amount of pressure to put on your face when holding the flute to it- but if you’re using all of your balance points correctly, you won’t have to push very hard at all. We want the least amount of tension as possible.
    I think you’re awesome for using the techniques I teach for recorder – I’ve done this myself and … it works! (patting myself on the back haha)

  96. OK..I am going to answer my own question. I just realized that I can better support for my embouchure when I apply a little pressure on my flute where it sits beneath my lips. With this…my embouchure doesn’t change so much Is this bad technique?

  97. I loose my embouchure as a blow. The fingering for D-C-D-E-C hasn’t been so difficult for me to learn…but it’s loosing the embouchure that seems to be my problem. First time, I play it well with ease…the following second time..not as great with minimal sound then the third time…I can finger it but there is no sound. Any suggestions?

    By the way, your method of teaching is so clear. Next week I am starting to teach grade 4 Grade school Sunday school children how to play the recorder. Your style of teaching is perfect and I am using your teaching methods for inspiration. My husband thinks I am crazy but I can’t wait!

  98. oh really,u like it! Thx alot for that, I am really excited and enjoying my self alot..and its all thank to you !

  99. Hey, this is pretty darn good!  I see a lot of really great things happening here. I’m so glad you’re standing nice and straight. Hand position looks fabulous, too! I can hear that tongue on every note and your fingerings are all correct. Wahoo!! See you in the next module. πŸ™‚

  100. Good job Annie! I’m so glad you’re working through these modules. You’ll do great. πŸ™‚

  101. I played bassoon/clarinet through middle school and high school. I tried teaching myself the flute about seven years ago, but I was borrowing a flute then, and had to give it back. I got my own almost three years ago and had to start all over again. I’ve been playing more in the last year or so until I got as far as I could get on my own. Then I found your lessons online, and they are just what I needed!! I have always relied on having to read the music, but now I can play both keys by ear! πŸ™‚

  102. RebeccaFuller

    Yup, keep working on it. Strive to get as good as it as you possibly can. Every lesson will feel comfortably challenging and fun if you do this.

  103. Pamela McIntyre

    Thank you, Rebecca. The last exercise was hard to me but I enjoyed it. It was fun seeing if I could figure out the notes. Can’t say I am perfect at it yet….but I will continue trying :o)

  104. Amy Milholland

    I had trouble with breathing at first, but the more I practice, the easier it gets! The slur exercise in Module 13 is really helping me with my breathing. I also think my flute may have been leaking air because the loaner I have right now seems easier to play. My flute is at the technician’s, so hopefully when I get it back it will be easier to play! I can’t wait! I am really looking forward to moving through these modules! They are so easy to understand and fun! You make flute playing look easy, and you help me feel like playing the flute could be easy. I love how we work on one skill at a time! I really feel like I learn something new from each and every module. Thanks again for putting this website together!

  105. RebeccaFuller

    Awesome, Amy. I see you are getting better at only breathing between some of the notes. Keep working on it until you can play “sets” of notes without the breath. Cool, cool.

  106. RebeccaFuller

    Oops! Really? Probably not the first mistake IÒ€ℒll make. Thanks for catching it. IÒ€ℒll put it on the to do list for monday. πŸ™‚

  107. Amy Milholland

    In looking at the description of this module, I noticed that for number 3, it says “Go Tell in B” when it should be “Go Tell in G.” I just thought you might want to know.

  108. I recorded myself playing and my notes sounreally airy. Is it normal for them to sound like that?

  109. RebeccaFuller

    Awesome comment here. Yes, practice makes a difference.. but even better is PERFECT PRACTICE. I always tell my students that it doesn’t help anyone to play something wrong 100 times. What does that actually teach your fingers? Yup, I think you get it. You’re awesome! πŸ™‚

  110. Hi Rebecca! Your lessons are my delight!!! You are an amazing teacher. I just can’t WAIT to get to “my lessons” with you. Love that you emphasized the 100 times practicing of DCDEC. That drives home the need to practice practice practice. I’m finding that my playing and tone really do improve, despite my days long gaps in playing. I would play every day but for my travel career. I’m tempted to play in my layover hotels, but, honestly can’t justify harassing the guests around me. Perhaps after the minuets……DCDEC. DCDEC. DCDEC……

  111. Hi Diedrich, I’m so glad you are working on this skill. It is a jump in “level” at this stage, and this is the skill that has to be overcome to get there. Just make sure they were 100 perfect ones. πŸ™‚

  112. Hi Rebecca,
    congratulations for your new computer.
    It´s a real great challenge to play “Go tell aunt Rhody in C”. I took comfort in your order to play the note sequence “D C D E C” 100 times. I hope the 101st time will come out better than the disatrous first time. Especially the second to last transition irks me.
    Thank you for your advice, encouragement and comfort.

  113. Oh you are SO fast! Good job. Keep it up. The Minuets have more new things to conquer. Be prepared. πŸ™‚

  114. Hi Rebecca! I am LOVING your classes SO much! I have mastered everything you have taught me so far! I can’t wait to start with the minuets!

  115. Hi Barb, thanks for the nice comments about the site. About “D”. D is kind of a picky note. The #1 thing is to make sure you are using the correct fingering. So many people think the first finger doesn’t matter so much… but it really, really does! First octave D has first finger ON. Second octave D has first finger OFF. And, it needs more air than the C. If when you use more (faster) air on D and it “squeaks” to the higher overtones then= it sounds to me like it’s possible that you have your head joint tipped too far in towards yourself. Check all of this first and check back.

  116. Hello Rebecca, I am enjoying your lessons very much. Thank you for a wonderful website. I am hoping to get some advice from you on D. I cant seem to make any sound other then swishy air. When I blow harder it sounds screechy. In this module you gave great tips on E and making it sound pretty… so I was hoping you might have some great tips for making D sound pretty as well.

  117. I found that two different parts in Go Tell Aunt Rhody when played together kind of sound like a duet. It was just something I accidentally did when playing along with you in the video, but it sounded nice to me.

  118. Yes, that is normal for the D note. D requires much more forced air through the flute. In short- blow harder for the D. Great question!

  119. Hi Rebecca,

    I seem to be losing all my sound (power) when going from the E to D but it comes back fine on the C…any suggestions?


  120. I used to say that too until I realized that it is easier to remember that “fine” and “line” rhyme. Get it? ha ha πŸ™‚

  121. Hi Klynda, no it’s not bad. I remember it was hard for me at first too. Practice the piece by yourself a lot first. When you feel like you can play it without messing up, try again. Learning to play with accompaniment will help your playing in SO many ways. (rhythm, by-ear, etc.) – Keep trying. πŸ™‚

  122. Oh, good job! Learning to play by ear is learned easily by first learning how to memorize and hear the direction the pitches are moving. It’s a bit of a process… sounds like you’re going to be good at it. πŸ™‚

  123. ok this may sound silly but i did not realize that playing by ear and memorizing are the same. I was able to “play by ear” Aunt Rhody in C yeah!!!

  124. RebeccaFuller

    Claire, I put breath marks on sometimes, but when we are first learning it’s okay to just take a breath when you need to. Sometimes it is between every note depending on the style. The most important thing is to not breath between every note when learning the songs that are legato. Listen to me play and try to imitate. You’ll do great!

  125. Claire Beverley

    Hello πŸ™‚ I was wondering if you could put little breath marks on the sheet music. I’m sure am taking breathes when I shouldn’t be!

    P.s I’m SO loving your lessons….I am starting to read music without to many problems now πŸ˜€ I have been using your app too….Brilliant! X

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