Sunday, December 14, 2008

Incredible flute inventions for the 21st century

Dear Flutists,

I want you to think outside the box for a moment.
Here's a view to contemplate while your mind grows in size and takes in all possibilities.

This is looking East from our island today, by the way.

Now do you feel refreshed, generous of spirit, and philisophically and mentally open to wonder?

Then check out these new flute inventions. They are brilliant!

First, from Mate Szederkenyi,a Hungarian headjoint maker, comes to the flute world, new and very smart indeed, the customized directional lip-plate.

Szederkenyi writes:
In the above photo you can see a non-parallel 14K gold lipplate that made for Ittz├ęs Gergely. He has a "right side" angle when he uses embouchure technic.
That, of course, means that he blows the rightside of blowedge .
From that he finds that in holding his instrument puts him in an uncomfortable position. With an angled lip plate on his headjoint it changed his ease and today he can blow also his technic in comfortable position.
The idea of making Adjustable lip plates with different angles between the lip plate and the tube- came from this one player.
Many flutists blow not in central position If they could adjust them lip plate it could improve their comfort.

Next, as you may know, Flutist Magnus Bage has been working on an intonational sliding headjoint.
His latest youtube video shows the device clearly, and he is performing a concerto on it.

This right thumb-controlled sliding headjoint Bage calls "expression slide". I remember his older video showing the fine tuning of very high soft notes and very fortissimo playing using this slide. This is an idea whose time has come. I'd really like to try it for allowing the player to expand their dynamic and colour range without compromising intonation.

Next. Breathe deep and get ready to rock.
Have you seen the youtube video of the Glissando Headjoint by Robert Dick?
This invention has been around for awhile, thanks to Robert's ingenuity. Wonder which is easier to use, the Bage right thumb operated slide?

Or the Robert Dick interesting face-brace? :>)

Wow. I am thankful for open minds in the flute world. Indeed. I can't wait to see more of these inventions perfected and made available to all who want them.
What a great way to have true vision about the flute's capabilities.

From a snowy Pacific ocean,

Jen :>)
Comments (2)
Blogger Sheila said...

Wowoww!! Very cool!

Monday, December 15, 2008 10:14:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's better the "expression slide" or the "glissando headjoint" I suppose it comes down to which is easier to get precise control of. Magnus Bage and Robert Dick really need to do a slide duet with each other.

Friday, December 04, 2009 2:27:00 AM


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