Gold Module 13 Flute Lessons

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This module #13 is a turning point in your learning.Β 

There is some really important stuff in these lessons. Practice it well.Β  πŸ™‚

Total Time: 39 Minutes 27 Seconds

Flute Lessons Module 13

 

You’ll need to review these modules many times this week. There are important new skills here…

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[headline style=”1″ font_size=”24″ font_font=”Arial” font_style=”bold” align=”center” headline_tag=”h2″]2. SSSSLLLLUUUURRRR 9:46

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[headline style=”1″ font_size=”24″ font_font=”Arial” font_style=”bold” align=”center” headline_tag=”h2″]3. Do you “C” what I “C”? 5:10

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[headline style=”1″ font_size=”24″ font_font=”Arial” font_style=”bold” align=”center” headline_tag=”h2″]4. The C Song! 11:22

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Did you already print these and place them in your binder? You will be able to go back through and find answers to questions you may have.

Many, many repeats on thisΒ “C” song this week (and next)Β will make me and you so happy!

I added a video on “how to hold the flute- especially for those who want to make moving from C to D easier”. Right now it’s on my youtube channel. Please watch and add a comment on the video page, I’d love to know what you think!: http://youtu.be/2kURf-7ngfwΒ 

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Gold Module 13 Flute LessonsΒ Β Gold Module 13 Flute Lessons

G 13 C song accomp and flute

Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.

Rebecca FullerRebecca Fuller
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136 thoughts on “Gold Module 13 Flute Lessons”

  1. RebeccaFuller

    Hey Natalie, yes we’ll get to it. The middle C as it’s called on Piano, is called the lowest C on the flute. Yes, we will use our keys on the foot joint. This note is best learned after we have a super solid foundation and relaxed embouchure so it’s not introduced until later in the Gold Level. Until then you’ll get so good at foundations and technique. When we meet that low C, you’ll be ready. Yay! Keep it up, thanks ~Rebecca

  2. Natalie Herr

    Hi!
    Loving the lessons!
    When do we get to learn to play middle C (C4) vs C5? We’ll use the C foot for that, right?
    Thanks!
    ~Natalie

  3. Hi Cheryl, yes pull the head joint out more to help with your intonation. (it’s the same for C and B foot) There are many other ways to correct intonation, but this is the #1 for you today. πŸ™‚ Thanks for asking! ~Rebecca

  4. Hi Rebecca..is the pulling out of the head joint by a little bit to correct the natural intonation of the flute also necessary to correct the pitch on my b foot flute? I was told years ago to always set up my c flute this way but not sure about the b foot…

  5. Hi Katy, I show you quite a bit in the videos- measure 7 and 8: G A G F E D C
    Does this help?
    Go through and write the notes all out if you need to. It’s how we get this all figured out as we first learn.
    Sounds like you’re doing great though! Keep it up. ~Rebecca

  6. Hi Rebecca, are the notes for the C song written anywhere? I get to the seventh measure and then I get all confused reading the notes so I’m not sure what I am playing is correct.

  7. Hi Monica, this video is fabulous! My favorite part of it is … all of it (!) because you stay right with the beat of the metronome. Your tone is nice and solid also. Congratulations! ~Rebecca

  8. Hi Bernie, yes this is a challenging spot for sure. It’s where we separate those who are determined and those who aren’t haha. This skill must be learned, so I’m glad you’re staying here until it’s perfected. Your teardrop possibly could be in the way… you can move the lip plate over just slightly if you feel it’s a big problem. This way you’ll use a dominant hole from the side of the teardrop instead of under it. Does this make sense? Get up close and personal with a mirror and see what you can do. Although, you can still play beautifully with a teardrop- it’s all a matter of getting those little muscles of your aperture more fluent. Takes time and practice (we never stop working on our sound). Sounds like you’re doing well! ~Rebecca

  9. Hey Rebecca, This slurring lesson is a VERY CHALLENGING. I think i’m getting the changes between C & D, E and D β€” with practice (my mind and fingers are working together…usually πŸ™‚ ). BUT, I feel like my β€˜tear drop’ is affecting my airflow/direction in trying to produce the higher tones. I am not able to hold the tone clearly for very long and it seems to change back and forth. Does that make sense??? HELP….
    I’m determined to stay right here on 13 until I get this right!

    Bernie

  10. Hey Rebecca,
    I am loving this course. This slurring lesson is a VERY CHALLENGING. I think i’m getting the changes between C & D, E and D β€” with practice (my mind and fingers are working together…usually πŸ™‚ ). BUT, I feel like my β€˜tear drop’ is affecting my airflow/direction in trying to produce the higher tones. I am not able to hold the tone clearly for very long and it seems to change back and forth. Does that make sense??? HELP….
    I’m determined to stay right here on 13 until I get this right!

    Bernie

  11. Shalom Emma, D to E is a new tricky skill because our right hand last two fingers are kind of stiff and uncoordinated compared to the others, but no worries you can teach them. Make sure they are relaxed, curved a bit. You’ll need to repeat the D to E movement hundreds (if not thousands) of times over the next week or two. Then you’ll be completely proficient! ~Rebecca

  12. Shalom Rabecca,
    I have been having trouble to play from D to E. My fingers don’t want to move smoothly from one key to the other.
    What should I do to improve it?
    Emma*

  13. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Wendy, thanks so much for the comments here. Haha, he didn’t tell me he was writing those to you. Love it. Yes, flutes do come out of ‘adjustment’ with time and use. The more quality your instrument is, the less this happens though.. unless you’re playing it many hours per day. Glad you got it fixed! Thanks again – so happy to have you here learning. ~Rebecca

  14. Hi Rebecca- It’s been a while since I checked in. I’m still here and progressing. The new skills presented in Module 13 are definitely challenging and I’m finding that breaking my practice into smaller segments keeps me from getting frustrated and tense. Reading what others have said before me is a great help. These are difficult and important skills and I’m grateful that you said we would likely be spending weeks on each module. Little successes help to keep me going. In the midst of practicing I was not getting any sound. I discovered that one of the keys was sticking. I took it in to the repair store and they showed me where the screw had come loose. Is this something that happens with normal use? Just want to make sure I’m not doing anything to cause this issue. I really enjoyed the emails that your husband sent out. Your performances were beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for your excellent modules! Wendy

  15. RebeccaFuller

    Great comments here, Phong. It’s always been a bit of trial and error for me on the recording devices. I have really expensive ones and I have much cheaper ones. And, it always depends on the room I record in also. There’s a lot more to it than we thing, but I think you’re on to something. I have a different recording program on my iphone that I like called “voice memos”. I use it for live recordings in my studio all the time. Let us know what you like- everyone will be curious. Thanks! ~Rebecca

  16. Matthew and Rebecca, I think I need to share my experience of recording my playing with you. While I thought my tone is pretty decent, I started to record my playing but I had to delete all of them immediately. I couldn’t stand the airy tone. I could hear the air blowing out from my mouth, I could hear my breath the whole time that cover my tone. I felt so bad and just realized how bad my tone is. I recorded with my cell phone, then with a camcorder and tried to put them far away so that my breathing or airy sound wouldn’t stand it my flute tone, but it didn’t work. Finally, I used the webcam on my computer to record it and it came out exactly the same say I heard myself playing directly.
    Matthew, maybe you didn’t sound that terrible. It could just be your recording device problem.
    Rebecca, do you have any students that have this problem? or do you know why the recording from cellphone and camcorder sounded terrible but a cheap webcam sound much better?

  17. Hi Matthew, these are really great comments. The flute is definitely unique for sure. It takes pretty much our whole body to make even one little note. I’m glad you’ve recognized this, and now you can become even better. Awesome! ~Rebecca

  18. As I thought about this a bit, I realized that with the piano, it is easy to just give the key a short sharp tap, and we have a perfect staccato note with very little effort. I realize now that the piano has taught me some bad habits that I try to apply to the flute. You can’t just press the keys and blow and out comes a perfect note! I recorded some of my playing last night, and I sound terrible! I need to pay more attention to my breathing and focus more on tone!

  19. Thank you so much for the clarification! I’m looking at some of my piano lesson books (I decided to return to the piano at the same time I started learning the flute, so I practice both every day πŸ™‚ ) and I just now realized that I play staccato quarter notes on the piano the same way you play them on the flute in the lesson module, I just never realized it. I’ll definitely pay more attention to how staccato is played on the flute!

  20. Hi Matthew, yes that is being played more like a ‘staccato note’ which is very short with empty space after it… making sure always that the next note doesn’t enter until precisely the next beat. You’ve just discovered ‘style’ within the beat. This will be cool for you to think about since most people aren’t able to notice this kind of thing when they are first learning. Good job! You have a great ear. ~Rebecca

  21. Hi, Rebecca,
    I’m a bit confused about the timing of slurred notes. Consider the third measure of the Slur Exercise, where we slur the C and D. It sounds like the second note, the D, is being played as an eighth note followed by an eighth rest. Are we really supposed to pause that long between the D and the next C?

  22. Hi Joe, thanks for posting today. The lowest notes take a special ‘blow’. (as do all of the notes, I guess) Make sure you experiment with softer air- think of fogging up a glass. That kind of position in your throat will help them come out. If your keys are leaking on the F, E, or D key then you’ll have a lot of troubles too. (hopefully not the case) Keep trying. It takes a little while to become consistent. You can do it! ~Rebecca

  23. Joe Johansson

    Hi Rebecca, Great lessons, as usual! I’m having difficulty with the low notes in the octaves. I’m not sure if it’s my breath, my embechure, or both.

  24. Lee, I am on the same boat with you. I had to force myself to slow down, and it’s not easy to do so sometimes.

  25. Hi Phong, perhaps it is familiar – — these little folk-tune types are very similar. I’d like to hear it faster and faster each round. Sounds like a great idea! ~Rebecca

  26. You are a great composer!! I couldn’t believe at first, because it sounded familiar and I thought I had heard of it before I started practicing. My explanation is that, I probably picked up most of the notes quickly enough when I watched your lesson, and when I actually practiced it, I felt I had heard of this tune in the past somewhere I couldn’t remember. This tune is pretty cool, and somehow I imagined that it were played in an increasing tempo! faster and faster during the first 8 and last 8 measures.

  27. Lee Woollacott

    Hi Rebecca,
    really enjoying the lessons. It’s taking me longer to get through the modules now and my list of daily exercises is building rapidly. Found your (Sept) Monthly Training really helpful -as I can read music well the temptation is always to go ahead of my technical ability – so my current goal is to slow down and get it consistently right before moving on.

  28. Yup. Many of the little tunes and exercises are ones that I made-up specifically for the skill needed at the moment. In the higher modules and in the mini-courses I do all of the arranging. It’s a fun skill to know as well. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  29. Hi Karola, (not sure if I already answered this).. legato uses a very, very light tongue. Slur uses no tongue at all. Learn this skill very very very carefully and you’ll be on the path to greatness! (go back a few modules if you need to -especially back to the C song) ~Rebecca

  30. Hi Rebecca, what is please the difference between earlier mentioned legato notes and the slur?

  31. Hey Tracy, this is awesome. My favorite part of this comment from you is that you really want to learn well (my favorite kind of student), you’re paying attention to details, and putting into practice what I show/teach. Bravaaaaaaaaaaa! You’re amazing. Keep it up! ~Rebecca

  32. Rebecca,
    I love how you teach. Let me tell you of an experience that I had recently. I was playing my flute and it kept giving a high pitch sound when I played in high octave. My instructor who plays a million instruments would always tell me its my embouchure and to just relax. To add to my frustration he looked at me like I was a creature out of a scary movie.

    Ok… I did what he asked with no success. He said it just takes time. I looked at your video about this and it solved my problem in seconds!! I learned about embouchure, aperture, and hand mechanics.

    Thank you…Thank you….Thank you!!!

  33. Hi Richard, Thanks so much for the comments here. I agree- you can learn really fast from my lessons here… I receive messages, emails, and comments every week saying about the same thing. I love it! It’s the reason I decided to go online. So glad you are here learning! See you again soon. And yes,… practice is required… and it’s so much fun! ~Rebecca

  34. Richard Simpson

    Hi Rebecca from sunny Gulfport, Florida. The C and G scales are so necessary so thank you for requiring
    that we practice. I am retaking from a teacher weekly but I have disciovered that your
    lessons are so much more in depth and ask a result I am advancing much quicker. Thank you

  35. Hi Pierre, you’re doing so well! This is the exact reason we need to perfect this piece (and the others). Each tune and skill set is a new building block to your success. Go to this page: https://learnfluteonline.com/how-to-hold-the-flute/ and watch the video I have for you for some extra help on holding/balancing the flute correctly and easily. ~Rebecca

  36. hi Rebecca,

    I’ve done this module 13 completely but that C song is giving me some…pain. I know this is all to make us “navigate” from the C to a D quickly (i believe this is the problem for me).

    I’m not going to module 14 if this song is not “in the Pocket technically”. Going fast and going from the D back to the C it feels like i’m going to drop my flute ! I need to improve that, holding the flute nice and easy.

    My hands are not use to that torture lol !

    Slowly but surely i’ll laugh at this very soon…i hope !

    Pierre

  37. Hi Michaela, thanks for the question here. It’s a very good thing that you’re noticing the tiny changes in your positioning also change your tone. Yes, the more advanced you get the more consistent it will be. Every day is a new challenge, but will become more and more regular as you learn and practice. It’s important to be careful of how you are balancing the flute. This will make A LOT of difference in your tone, and being able to keep it in the same spot the whole time you are playing is key. Here’s a video you should watch again just to be sure you have all the points: https://learnfluteonline.com/how-to-hold-the-flute/ Let me know how it goes in time. πŸ™‚ ~Rebecca

  38. Michaela Gotenbruck

    Hello Rebecca, i am loving your modules and it is fun to learn, but i have a problem with positioning my flute. Sometimes the flute is on the right place on my mouth and all high and deep tones are no problem, but than when i play a little bit longer or sometimes even in the beginning the position of the flute changes a bit i think and the tones are not comming out clear or i cant get high or even low tones. Do you have any helpful hint for me?
    Kind regards Michaela

  39. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Frannie, certain tunes at the first of this Gold Level don’t have the accompaniments available for download…yet. You’ll see them starting in the next module. For now, watch and play from the video. It’ll help you get the timing. Keep it up!

  40. Frannie Goldstein

    Hi Rebecca,
    Is there a place where we can access the accompaniment to the songs as mp3s – rather than going to the place in the video to play with the accompaniment?
    Thanks,
    Frannie

  41. RebeccaFuller

    Hi Janet, this is a really good question. My answer is: set the metronome very slowly first, if you can perform the piece flawlessly then you may move it up a notch. Continue this process until you fall apart. Then, put it back down several notches the next day and start the speeding up process again. Practice with the metronome at the pace you can do it perfectly the most,.. then notch it up slightly to see if your skills are progressing. Excited for you! Rebecca

  42. Hi Rebecca,
    I think I need to use a metronome to ensure the accuracy of my note count. Given the pieces you have taught us to date, how many beats per minute would I set the metronome for 4/4 time signature?

    Thank you.
    Janet

  43. Hi Flo, you can totally get the slur down. Learning how to shift your fingers at the same time as blowing long is all it takes. Try with just B and A. 1. Practice holding a loooooong B. 2. When you’re sure you can do that, then start again… continue blowing looong and place your A finger down. There! That’s a slur! πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  44. Hi Rebecca.
    I also had a lot of trouble at my first try of slurring. I mean I did really bad. I’m concerned and as much as I have been enjoying your lessons I’m thinking of signing up for one on one lessons at my local music store now. I would appreciate everyone’s thoughts.

  45. Hi Nils, I fixed the sound issue in the video #4. Thanks for the heads up. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  46. Hannetjie Joubert

    Yay! You’re my hero! I’ve been driving myself nuts by playing everything too sharp! I never realized my right hand was the culprit all alongπŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ The moment I made sure not to drag my flute down everything was fixedπŸ˜„

  47. Hi Olga, I’m guessing that those lines were to indicate how to line up the head joint with the body. But, with it being from the 70’s I”m honestly not sure without seeing a picture. Just follow the instructions I give for lining up your tone hole with the body, and you’ll be fine. I’m glad that flute is still working for you. πŸ™‚

  48. Haha, Olga I’m sorry you’re not getting other things done.. but learning to play the flute is SO worthwhile. And, so good for you. Take a look at how your ‘sore’ finger sits and make sure that it’s not hanging on with the ‘death grip’. I think you could move it a little more towards your head joint and under a little bit. That should help. πŸ™‚

  49. Me again, after much practice with on the “C” song, i find the crook of my left pointer slightly sore is that normal or am i doing something wrong. Was wonderful if that will become a scab in my professional future, lol. i am enjoying this to the point of not getting other things done but i must stop for now. Great job teaching us!

  50. Truly am enjoying your lessons and all your detailed information that i never got when i first started my music classes wayyyy back in time. Now after many years of no music it is very refreshing to take it one module at a time because you can really miss some information you never got. Like the explanation of the octave, heard it but never comprehended.
    My question for today is that my old “artley” has some markings (4/5 short lines, not sure if the last one is fading)on the head joint close to the edge with a longer notch in the middle (2 on right-side and 1 on the left side, not sure if the other is faded) and the middle part of the flute close to the edge on the ring has a notch. I can’t remember if it is suppose align with the middle or longer notch on the head joint, can you explain to me. This is a flute from the mid 70’s. Thank you so much for your help.

  51. Hi Nils, ahhhh I thought I fixed that video. I will check the files and do it again. Thanks so much for the heads up. I’m glad you’re doing well. ~Rebecca

  52. Hi Rebecca
    I’m still working on the C Song and doing good progress 😊
    But I have to mention that in the last part of the movie – after you play the song – something is wrong with the audio part. The song is played once again and in the background you give additional instructions, but they are hard to hear.
    Still love your lessons 😊

  53. Hi Beth, I completely understand what you are talking about here with an ‘extra sound’ happening between the C and D. The issue is the movement of your left hand and the movement of your right hand not totally being in ‘sync’. You have to practice the movement slowly so that you can ‘synchronize’ the exact moment one of your hand/fingers moves off of a key and the other hand/finger must be on a key. It’s a tricky trick. And, it’s what you are learning how to do here. I find that ‘watching’ my fingers (just looking, no blowing) when learning a new movement really helps a ton. Excited for you and your progress so far. Good job! ~Rebecca

  54. Hey Rebecca, When I am slurring from C to D, you can hear other notes also, other than D, if that makes sense. It’s not a smooth transition like going from B to A, etc. Please help.

  55. Fluttering your tongue is just like rolling your ‘rr’s in the Spanish language. Some people really have a hard time. I do spend some time teaching my students how to do this, but some of them prefer to learn how to flutter ‘glottal’ instead. Either way is fine, and no you don’t need to know how to do this to play the flute well. πŸ™‚

  56. rebecca, I once heard someone say that they were havining a hard time fluttering thier tongue. I know that I really don’t have to know this yet, but I’m just curiouse. Thanks!
    Clare

  57. I cannot believe myself, I am playing 7 notes in one breath! But I need to practice more and more. This song is going to take a long time. I will not move to another video till I get it.

  58. Hi Mark, this is great! This module is a very, very important one. If you can master the skills here.. you’ll be so so glad! πŸ™‚

  59. Hi Rebecca, when I saw the C song for the first time I said wow, but now I am practicing the song on your highlight, so I am going to practice the song in three parts when I get it, I will play it one part. Thanks for highlighting the song. It is helping too much.

  60. Hello there,

    Rebecca recently every time I try to play a video It shows up can’t play in current set up . After about 5 tries it works. I don’t why coz I have been using the same phone same iPad since day one of your modules and it worked fine. But now it just does not. Any advice.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Pinky.

  61. Hi Rebecca. I try and try to sllur C to D but that dont sund good. What can i do. Pleas help me. shahla

  62. Great videos Rebecca! Our private lesson on Skype helped tremendously… The high notes are coming and getting better… I moved on to this module but still continue to practise everything else especially those high notes. I can sometimes play without looking at myself playing in the mirror. Thanks again Rebecca- you are an amazing teacher! Lizzy

  63. This is the one! Focus on tone, fingering, slurs, tonging, and timing – something falls apart. So, breaking it down, taking it slow, shorter duration but more frequent practice. It’s coming together – slowly…

    Rebecca, I have a new Pearl 505 and was wondering – does it take time to “break in” a new flute? And, what are your thoughts on finger rests?

    Regards,
    Barb

  64. Hi Rebecca! I have problem whit slur c to D, it not problem whit air but when i chanch the tumky sounds rang. What kan i do pleas.
    Shahla

  65. Yup- the small details ARE what makes the difference. Stick with me, kid. I’ll do you good! πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  66. Robin, I’m glad you’ve made it to this module. At this stage you have to start these slurring exercises to teach your body how to use the air efficiently. Most importantly, your aperture will begin to get smaller. This will help you not waste air (makes you dizzy), and improves your tone. You’re in the right place, at the right time. Keep with the exercises daily and you’ll see a difference within a couple of weeks. πŸ™‚ Rebecca

  67. Hi Rebecca… I am just starting out on the C Song and am finding it quite challenging. Not to worry I have full intentions of giving it my all! I realize that it has to do with my breathing but I am getting light headed while practicing this piece. I know that hyperventilation causes lightheadedness so clearly I am breathing to fast. Any additional tips to help me focus better on my breath and control this? Thanks, Robin
    PS did I mention that I think you are an amazing teacher and feel so lucky that I found you!!

  68. Rebecca,

    I loved your Youtube video on how to properly hold the flute. I can see how this will greatly improve my practice. I also did not know that you should hold the flute slightly away from your body with your right hand. Thank you for being so detailed in your explanations. These small techniques make all the difference!

  69. Hi Rebecca. Been a while since I’ve been on here. Busy week! Guess what?? I got a new flute! It’s a Gemeinhardt. I haven’t heard of the brand, but it’s got an amazing tone. I can’t wait to start playing again!

    ~Sarah

  70. adding a video today that shows more about holding the flute so the C to D change is easier. .. thanks for all the questions everyone! πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  71. Yes, this is the first real challenge,.. the good news is that you get over it easily with practice. Also, you have to remember that the 2nd octave D requires a faster air stream. So… blow harder (and focus on getting your hole smaller at all times at this stage). Do you all feel you need more instruction on this skill? I can add another video if needed… perhaps on holding the flute during this C to D change..?? ~ Rebecca

  72. Hi Rebecca
    I am having a problem like few other people slurring from C to D .It seems a really great challenge for me.I also find the tone is not steady and clear when I try to play the piece.Whats the best way to perfect the tone?I seem to adjust my lips all the time to find a better sounding tone.I find it hard to place the flute in the same spot on my lips.

  73. Hi Daniela, The slurring is SUPER important as well as the C to D skill. Everything builds on this so work on it faithfully this week. I know you can do it!! It’ll be easy as pie very soon. πŸ™‚ ~ Rebecca

  74. Hi
    I find the slurring quite difficult especially from C to D.Should I practice the C song without slurring first? I am hesitant to move onto another module until I can manage the C song or should I skip it?

  75. Yes, Daniel- you’re holding your flute too “low” on your left hand first finger. That’s your “comfy chair/shelf”. Place the flute on “TOP” of the palm bone and “hook” your left hand first finger around. If your flute is below the top of that bone it’ll slide when you shift to the C (especially from the D). Good luck! It gets easier, I promise. πŸ™‚

  76. Daniel Duckworth

    Hi Rebecka, I am better I like to play but when I slur from D to C or C to D I almost drop my flute every one do you know what this is?

  77. Hi Claire, Legato is still using the tongue. Slur has no tongue at all. It will become more and more clear as you move through the modules. Keep it up! Rebecca

  78. Hi Dear Rebecca , have enjoyed your lessons so far. Even got some challenges at some points, I still wanted to keep

    going on , your lessons are that fun. What’s the difference between Legato and slur? When listen to you playing

    Go tell Aunt Rhody , I can’t tell the difference? LOL.

  79. You can “air” blow. You can’t practice tone, but the fingerings and a few other skills are practiced when you just blow lightly “over” the flute mouthpiece instead of allowing the air to go right in. This lets you still hear what is happening but doesn’t have the volume or tone. I hope this helps. I’m glad you are doing well. ~ Rebecca

  80. Alexander Ladroma

    Hello Rebecca, your modules are great! we learned a lot and even with little time practicing we are getting better. Surprisingly also after 3 weeks of vacation without fluting, I played flute and I sound great! any explanation to it? Do you know how I can practice flute with little volume or is there like an electronic flute because my wife can’t sleep during night for I’m still very busy in the morning. Thank you and more power.
    Alex

  81. Great question.. no, there is not. My wish is that you get the materials at the appropriate learning moment by going through the modules in order. It’ll make your more successful in a more timely fashion. πŸ™‚

  82. Hi Rebecca. Something I’m wondering is whether there’s a link to ALL of the PDF songs; like, in one place?

  83. Hi Rebecca, the C song really knock me out but finally I am doing better. So I decided to erase all the names of the notes and try playing only using the scales. Great challenge but much more funny and exciting.

  84. It IS magic, isn’t it? I’m glad you understand what I said and that it worked… it works for everyone (once they can get their lips to do what they want haha). πŸ™‚

  85. Rebecca, Oh my goodness, I tried it (the smaller hole in my lips) and it magically worked! I was actually able to get through the C Song,,,able to slur without loosing my breath and I didn’t even feel dizzy. There’s a first! Thanks for the tip

  86. Yah, blowing for that long at this stage is tricky for some for sure. It’s also quite normal, so don’t fret. It really does get better and better. The biggest trick at this stage is to learn how to play with a smaller hole (in your lips). Beginners use a really big hole until their muscles adapt and learn to close that hole. Think about that while you’re playing today (and all month). Look in the mirror. How big is your hole? Strive to make it the size of the back of a hat pin (or smaller).

  87. Awesome, Paulette, I’m glad you’re working hard on that Staccato song. It’s a very key piece in your development. Master that slurring skill and make sure you fully understand where to tongue and where not to. It’s one of the main points to playing the flute well.

  88. Rebecca, I am loosing my air while I slur. I am finding that I use all my air with the first note that I tongue and then I have no air left for maybe the last note. Any suggestions? Thanks Donna

  89. Hi Rebecca,
    Practicing the C song a lot along with Staccato. I am having so much fun playing them over and over again and the C scale too. Seems like each time I pick my flute back up and play again, it is easier and clearer. I am playing the older module music each day as practice also and they seem so easy now. Pretty funny! So thank you for your teaching style and the way you have laid out the modules, they are definitely working for me.
    Paulette

  90. Yes, Abdu – to answer your question. .. you have to keep the air flowing strongly while you change fingerings. That seems to be the newest trick for everyone. Instead of thinking that you have to use a separate “blow” for each note, you need to make sure your air continues flowing across the room while you change fingers. You’ll get it, I just know it. πŸ™‚

  91. ok ok , i am getting there now, and i think i know the answer…Practice…practice, and…practice πŸ™‚

  92. Sorry! that was a Typo mistake, I mean the complement ( back ground music) that you use while playing the C-Song. I thought it would be on the page as “play” thing, like you have with other songs.

    Yah , i notice that “messed up ” video, its on video 4. But its ok really, I can live with it, I still catch your point though.

    One more thing please Rebecca. Now, the high notes (high G or A or C) when i play them sepratly on there own I manage to get the sound pure so far. But, when its played in a middle of a song, like for example now the C-Song, i kind of miss the lead and the tone sounds blur and not solid. Any tips?

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  93. Hey Abdu, it really is a tricky trick getting the fingers to move all simultaneously, isn’t it? The “cut off sound” you’re hearing comes from one hand landing on the keys before the other.. the job you have to master is to get the right buttons off and perfectly on at the precisely same moment.
    I know one of these videos has some audio kind of messed up – I keep thinking I’ll redo it, but get busy and just haven’t done it yet.
    The point of this module and the next few is to get the hang of these skills.
    I’m sorry, but I”m not sure what you mean by “complimmetn”….

  94. Hey Rebecca, I’m really enjoying here !…I just have a question with the ” Slur”. Now, I don’t have problem moving my fingers from one note to another, but while moving , i can feel and listen this (cut off sound ). So it doen’t come out pur and continues as it suppose to be. I to move fingers try as quickly as possible, but i still have this dis-continuety.

    One more thing please, Have you got the complimmetn for the ” C-Song” , becaus I cannot see it on the page here.

    Than you.

  95. Yes, I know! That messes EVERYBODY up. The good thing is that you get used to seeing that G sitting right on top of the staff and it starts to just look “normal” after a while. It’s the low F and E that seem to trick people for a long time. Keep working on it. Sounds like you’re right on track.

  96. I’m having an awful time with the higher G being in a space and the higher F being on a line now. I keep wanting to play the G as F and the F as E…

  97. RebeccaFuller

    Amy, this is a great question. Here’s your answer: When there are more than one of the same note in a row underneath a slur – yes, you are to tongue them. Kind of strange, but totally true. I’ll have to devise a tune in the future that demonstrates this. This is not to be confused with a TIE. A tie would make the notes held and not tongued. The SLUR line goes over the notes whereas the TIE would tie each of them together. Hope this is easy to understand in a post answer. I”ll make sure to address this in a future lesson.

  98. Amy Milholland

    I also really like your explanation of a lip slur. I knew that a slur meant no tongue in between notes, but I didn’t realize that you are supposed to use your tongue only at the beginning of the slur and not at the end. Your little dots over the slurs help me to visual when I am supposed to use my tongue, and I really like the lip slur exercise that you have posted. It was a great way to warm up before playing C song.

    I did have a question about lip slurs though. Say a piece of music has the same note three times in a row followed by other notes, all of which are under a slur, do the same notes under that slur become legato and then everything else is slurred, since obviously if you slur the same three notes in a row without the tongue, it would just be the same note held for three counts. Does that question make sense?

    “C Song”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-7-wBAO7jY (I am getting better at the high notes but become airy again when I go down to lower notes)

  99. Amy Milholland

    I have taken some form of music lessons ever since elementary school and have known the word octave and what it means for a long time. However, I never knew that the “oct” in octave means eight. It makes total sense though. You do a really good job of breaking everything down and explaining things in a way I haven’t heard before.

  100. RebeccaFuller

    Hey Rufus, you got the C song? Those C to D’s are the newest trick. But, the good thing is that we use them a lot from now on so you just will keep getting better. πŸ™‚

  101. rufus williams

    hi MRS fuller
    well i got the c song and the octaves notes am on to module 14 can wait to see what am gonna be learning next i’ll be coming back to module 13 for the next week or two to make sure i did not miss anything

  102. Hey Wynne, you are So right when you say this is a smooth transition challenge. But, guess what?! You’ll get it. Everyone who puts in a bit-o-work does. πŸ™‚

  103. Hi Hi, Rebecca! I’m still here, and thank heavens you are too! Oy vey is this a turning point. The E D slur is SUCH challenge for a smooth transition, but I am confident with time my fingers will cooperate. Thank you for advice above! Having the flute in my life is such an enhancement to my life, I cherish the time I have with. Your instruction further enriches this joy! Thank you a million times… Wynne B

  104. RebeccaFuller

    Glad you’re enjoying the lessons, Sarah. Yes, play that scale every single day for the rest of your life. πŸ™‚

  105. Sarah Starmer

    Thanks SO MUCH for teaching. the octaves and the c scale helped a lot! πŸ™‚

  106. Diedrich, yes that sounds like too much pressure. You should hold your flute lightly (yet firm enough that it isn’t wiggling around) on your chin. Also, relax those face muscles (easier said than done).

  107. Hi Rebecca, hi everybody,
    today I have a question, which may have been already answered elsewhere and I overlooked the answer. Anyhow this is the problem. I use my chin as support to hold the flute which I press against it. Now what is the right level of pressure. Yesterday in exercising the C-Song I realized a light pain in the region of my chin where the flute touches the chin. It was not the first time I had that annoying feeling, but yesterday I was really irritated. Was the pressure to high? Please give me a hint.

  108. Hi Rebecca,
    I recieved your voicemail reply yesterday. Thank you for your attention. It made me happy.
    Have a great day and many grateful students all over the world.

  109. Hi Diedrich, yes, I loved hearing from you! What fun! I replied back with a voice message. Did you receive it?

  110. Hi Rebecca,
    just I sent you a voicemail. I am not familiar with this possibility. So I was nearly to excited to to say anything. Rebecca, the advice you give is always helpfull, not only for those who depict a problem but also to those who read the comments.
    In case I don´t feel absolutly certain in playing a song playing with accompaniment makes me some problems.
    It´s nice to work through your lessons. I always enjoy your hints and encouraging comments.

  111. RebeccaFuller

    Yes, Kerstin. Mobile apps are the BEST because they are usually everywhere you are. Take a look at: http://MusiciansWithApps.com for more fun stuff for iOS devices. (it’s one of my other sites- I review mobile apps for musicians). You’ll probably find something you love there. πŸ™‚

  112. Kerstin Radford

    Hi Beth, I am still here and learning. I have the same issue as Beth sluring from C to D. Thanks for the tips, Rebecca. I found a nice metronome app for android called “Mobile Metronome”. It helps me to keep track and increase my tempo. Maybe my fellow flute laerners enjoy it as well. Still Loving it! Kerstin

  113. RebeccaFuller

    Yup. This song is a turning point. So…. spend a long time perfecting it. Don’t be afraid to take a couple of weeks perfecting each module. Moving on before you’re ready will result in frustration. Tone is a big deal in flute playing. Work on it carefully. You are amazing me, Luke. I love hearing your progress! πŸ™‚

  114. The slurs in the c song are the most challenging thing for me so far. I also am getting a little bit of c sharp sound when I switch from c to d.

  115. Hi Beth, C to D is not tricky for too long don’t worry. It’s a matter of both your right and your left hands moving to the new fingers simultaneously. AND, D takes a faster air-flow than the C does. I always assign my students 100 of these changes within a 7 day time-period. If you have already worked on these three concepts, and you’re still having troubles. Write me back or send me a video. I’ll be able to tell what’s going on, no problem. And remember to be kind of patient with yourself. I still have to practice certain things 100 times before I get it every time. πŸ™‚

  116. Hi Rebecca, I understand the slur concept perfectly well, but I am having trouble getting a crisp, clean sounding transition between the C and D notes when I play it, any suggestions? I am getting frustrated.

  117. Hi Rebecca i was just fulling around with my lute and i got a funny sound here try to play it on your flute: normal B then G then B again and then D and then try to play it faster and faster pretty cool huh? thanks for the awesome modules they r awesome did you have a flute teacher or u learned by yourself cause u play awesome. ;D

  118. Very smart, Xiaoxia! I am glad you see the whole picture. It sounds like you will be successful. Remember that you can always Skype me a quick lesson if you want me to analyze your tone and give you personalized help. πŸ™‚

  119. Xiaoxia Xiaoxia

    These couple of modules takes me quite long time, much longer compare with the first 11 modules. I practice 45 min to 1 hour a day, but I don’t always see progress within a day, i.e. I don’t feel I get better after 45 mins of practice. However, what I notice is that I may be better today when I pick up my flute than yesterday when I finish my practice. Maybe this is why people sometimes say that we magically “learn” something by taking a break, instead of by constantly practicing. πŸ˜€

    Of course daily practice also helps me. I don’t want to rush to other lesson before I think I can produce the high notes well. I could play a song the first day when I pick up the flute, as I learn some music before. But producing a quality note can only be done by practicing, a lot! No matter how slow I am, I am sure these practice will pay back one day. πŸ™‚

    I really like your lessons, they are small, but each of them have different technics. They are like bricks, which we will use to build a house one day!

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