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September 20, 2006
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risingfromtheashes
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daughter is no longer in band or taking flute lessons

but has picked up playing by ear and damn, I think she has some talent

she has started playing songs from celtic woman and damn, she has it nailed in some spots....but frustrated in others, as there is too many instruments mixed in some spots for her to pick out the notes.

I have searched online and can't seem to find a source for sheet music...can anyone help?

I want to put together some books for xmas and phantom of the opera has been located and she will enjoy that....we have a disney book and a harry potter book....celtic is the only one I need to find.

any thoughts?

September 21, 2006
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Rising,

try this link
http://www.scotlandsmusic.com/.....et%20music

If it doesn't work go to http://www.scotlandsmusic.com and put in sheet music into the search.

What a great christmas present.

Chelonia

September 21, 2006
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I used yahoo search. Type in under search.... sheet music for flute. Tons of stuff came up.

September 21, 2006
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Hi
Well, I don't usually get the music for the duets we play, my partner does, she goes on something called "midi" sites. I've just googled "free flute music" and had some very good results. We've also paid nominal fees and had good luck. I have a book that I like called Celtic Music for flute by Jessica Walsh that comes witha CD to play with (although tuning is always an issue.... but when isn't it with a flute LOL). Tell your daughter good luck with her flute playing. Keep scouring music stores and garage sales and another place I had lots of luck with was an old symphony "garage sale fundraiser". You just never know. Also, celtic wise, bagpipe music translates quite nicely to the flute. C G and F are always sharp. Just have to remember that. Hope that helps.

September 21, 2006
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Don't forget Amazon.com. Ya can get bargains there sometimes.

Also, there is a trick.

She is just playing along with tapes/CD, right?

There is no law that says she absolutely has to play the "correct" melody or harmony part. The Flute Police won't come to your door.

So she can try out different versions of parts--even write them out on paper. Then play them, and if they sound like they work, she is good to go. Just the act of saying "I think it might go like this..."and then trying it out can teach her a heck of a lot.

She could even re-construct and re-arrange the piece she is working on according to her own "hearing" of the piece. She might have a better idea than the original players, even.

Taking music apart and putting it back together again is educational and also fun. It's worthy activity all by itself.

It can also be handy to have a cheap little home keyboard to tap out melodies with. Lots of em have flute sounds and even little sequencer-recorders built in, so you can test if harmonies and riffs sound good.

Probably one of the most important things is for a kid to have a parent who approves of supports, and gives at least the appearance of finding pleasure in the young person's interest and enthusiasm and efforts in music.

How old is your daughter?

September 22, 2006
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WD -

daughter is 12 1/2, which is age my bro discovered his "talent".

many will say she needs to learn "technique" but my bro argues that he is self taught and can play with the best of them - and I admit, he can play as good as anyone I hear on the radio - from classical to heavy metal.

my daughter is doing "just that" - listening, plucking it out on our electronic keyboard when she is struggling, then putting it into her own version, which sounds awesome....and she has transcribed some onto paper, but because she plays by ear and memory, it's almost a moot point (very similar to brother's methods)....she doesn't know how to read piano music or where middle C is, but she knows how to find the notes she needs to hear.

I love listening to her and try not to get overexcited when she plays, for fear of appearing fake, but she really does have a gift.

I wrote to her band and chorus teachers and her chorus teacher wrote back trying to get me to push her into competition choir...he says in regular choir, she holds her section together and could go far in competition, but she wants to sing solo....I tried explaining to her that she WILL get to sing solos - and pointed out others who have accheived that, and told her she has to start with the group, then show the teacher she can earn the solo spots.

she lvoes the music for her own "recreation"...she is not a show off - she does it for fun....my bro is the same way....he has talent but keeps it to himself.

he is giving her a guitar to learn on for xmas.

September 22, 2006
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I just learned the "basics" in elementary school band and the rest was "self taught". I half read notes (kind of puts me on the road) half play by ear. So, I can jam when I want to. However, when I sat down in a musical pit orchestra with a very anal conductor, boy did I have to "clean up my act" technique, technique, technique. But hey, there is nothing wrong with a little dicipline and learning. I am 40 years old and I am just scratching the surface of flute playing and I started when I was about 8 years old. There is so much to learn and I am so humbled. Learn a little, plateau a while, learn a little more. I've never had an "official lesson". I've found web sites that give tips and technique and support when you go through those "duoufus floufus" times when you get so frustrated you just want to throw the dang thing through the nearest window. You never stop learning....there's always something new around the corner. Here's another big tip always make sure your flute is in good condition. There's nothing more frustrating then trying to play a flute in poor repair. Sometimes you don't even know it is until you've taken it in for a "reconditioning". Then have the repair guy give you a lesson on flute maitenance. Nothing like having your flute "there for you" when you need it.

September 24, 2006
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You can also check on e-bay for DVDs that teach the techniques. I bought a DVD that came with beginning flute music for one of my nieces last Christmas. It taught some techniques which are helpful in playing.

I played(still play after 20 yrs.) flute since I was 12 yrs. old. My band teacher told me I had trumpet lips and said I would never be able to play flute. But I practiced and practiced and proved her wrong. I took up a solo when it came down to solo and ensemble contest and got a first.

My 7th grade yr. I received the Band award in my class and the same way in 8th grade I had my name engraved in a plaque. It felt good! When I went up to high school I was immediately placed in the junior/senior concert band.

One of the high school teachers saw one of my performances when I was in 8th grade and automatically placed me in that class. I was the only freshman flute in that class. The music was challenging.

My biggest weakness was counting. If I could hear how it was played I could remember how to play it. I was sorta' playing by ear but I knew how to read music too. Just couldn't count out loud. The one e and ah stuff. I hated it and hated band music tests.

I always had 1st chair of the 2nd flutes. I had very good tone quality for lower notes so I believe that is why I was always stuck playing 2nd flute.

I was in solo and ensemble contests alot too. Band was a place to meet friends as well. I loved it. It was my social life in high school. Marching band, concert band, pep band, and even orchestra for musicals in the spring.

It's great that your daughter has a talent and it's great when a parent supports it. But the kid should learn some of the disciplined techniques. The proper way to hold the flute so she can open up her lungs while playing. It will help with intonation/tone quality, etc. Learning some of the notes so she can read sheet music and get ideas of music. So if she's up to writing her own music she will know how.

I know I absolutely loved e-bay for what they had out there in music(sheet music). For the longest time I wanted "Led Zepplin" flute music and I came across it on e-bay for $3!! I was escstatic! I bought it last year. Everyone thought I was nuts at work when I got it in. No one realized I still played the flute for fun. I would play in church on occasion when someone asked. e-bay is a great place to find specific things that you cannot find anywhere else.

It's fun and I wish I could have picked up other instruments too. If she has a gift she will love trying out other instruments too. But she should learn proper care of instruments such as cleaning them after use so the pads don't go bad,etc. Knowing if you have a good instrument. Research the instruments before splurging into them.

It's wonderful to hear the joy of music but never pressure a kid to play if they don't want to.
Another idea if you do want to look into lessons. Possibly find a high school student who would be willing to give lessons for a small fee? If the kid is up for lessons, of course.

I never had lessons. Just individual attention when it came to solo contest time and I had to practice with the band teacher after school or before school some mornings. She would play the piano and I would work along with that.

Enjoy the sound of music!

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