Instruments

  • Back to basics: silver headjoints

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 16, 2018
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    When looking at an upgrade for an individual or a student, lots of people (understandably!) have the same question: what really makes a better flute, well, better? There are a myriad of materials, key options, and other features to consider when purchasing your next flute, so I wanted to take a couple of weeks here on the blog to get back […]

  • Baby it’s cold outside!!

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 2, 2018
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    Brr! If you’re reading this from anywhere in the Midwest, I sure hope you’re somewhere warm–the mercury is dropping as we speak! I thought this would be a pertinent time to talk about how to care for your instrument during the cold months. By following just a few simple rules of thumb, you can avoid any winter snafus with your flute […]

  • Last minute shopping ideas

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      December 19, 2017
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    Are you shopping for a favorite flutist in your life? The IFS carries several accessories that range from simple to stylish! For more ideas, just read on…
    One of the most popular accessories for flute players who are looking to improve their hand position is the Thumbport. The Thumbport attaches easily to the body of the flute, directly […]

  • A Fluterscooter special: Flute and organ simultaneously!

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      December 5, 2017
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    With only 2 days to go until An Evening with Fluterscooter, we just received word of some BIG news: at 3pm at North United Methodist Church (38th and Meridian), Fluterscooter will be giving a very special performance of her very own flute and organ duo! A million thanks to Karen Moratz for helping to make this possible! Hear from Flutersc […]

  • Key extensions

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 10, 2017
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    Over the past couple of months, I have had several questions about adaptive mechanisms for keys, usually related to making the Ab key easier to reach. We all know that the flute is not the most ergonomic instrument, and many players find at times that some keys can be harder to reach, especially those with small hands or arthritis or othe […]

  • Trills galore

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 3, 2017
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    Happy October to all! This week’s blog post compiles some great resources for trill fingerings, from the simple to the complex. Many thanks to Jen Cluff, flute teacher and blogger extraordinaire, for this list!
    1. A free “how to get fast fingers” pdf by Jen, that includes an enlarged version of the Mark Thomas one page t […]

  • Altos and basses and contras, oh my!

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 19, 2017
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    If you ever thought that flutes and piccolos were the extent of the flute family, think again! From high to low, the flute family is a very full one, though some are much more common than the others. Here is a rundown of a couple of the most popular auxiliary members of the flute family.
    The alto flute is the next extension downward of th […]

  • Tuning your flute

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 12, 2017
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    Let’s get right to it–learning how to properly tune your instrument, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate player or a professional–is one of the most important things to master early on as a flute player. It may seem like a complicated process, but it all boils down to this: the longer a tube is, the lower it will […]

  • New Lyric piccolo

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 5, 2017
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    Hot off the presses, here is some new information about the brand NEW grenadilla wood piccolo by Lyric flutes! Lyric flutes have been known for many years as a great option with a hybrid of makers from around the world, crafted in the finest Japanese traditions with parts and technology from America, Asia, and Europe brought together for […]

  • Stormy weather…

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      July 11, 2017
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    These storms in the Indy area this morning got me thinking about the age-old problem that flute players must deal with: how do we keep flute pads in good condition? As you probably know, a flute overhaul and repad is the most expensive maintenance cost for our instruments, and unfortunately, at some point it is inevitable on all flutes, f […]

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