I can get the A (3rd octave) out perfectly, but I cannot get the Bb B and C out. Does anyone have any tips. I have been playing for two years and I've been working on it for a
I believe you're requesting help for the highest register, those notes sitting on lots of ledger lines? First, check your fingerings. None of these fingerings are the same as the octave lower. Be sure to keep your first finger, left hand UP for high b-flat. Using your right hand little finger is optional. Little finger, right hand options for high B-flat and high B are: no little finger, little finger depressing D-sharp/E-flat key. Fingering options for High C are: no little finger, little finger depressing D-sharp/E-flat keep, little finger depressing both Low C and Low C-sharp keys, or little finger depressing gizmo key (only on flutes with a Low B-foot). Second, do NOT tighten your embouchure. This is counterproductive. You'll never get those notes to speak. Relax your lips. Pretend you have a small orange in your mouth to open up the mouth cavity and relax/drop your jaw. Then open your throat. When you tighten your embouchure, you end up tightening everything, including closing your throat so that air flow is restricted. Third, instead of tightening lips, you need to "kiss", i.e., push your lips forward, both bottom and top, the same distance, What this does is create a shorter distance between your lips and the chimney wall on your embouchure plate. Is the lessening of this distance that allows the production of all your high notes. And, you are able to relax and enjoy the process without forcing the notes out. Fourth, you need ample air supply because you will need to push your air a bit faster for the high register in order to get the notes to speak. Without enough air, you will lose your flute voice. Check Fingerings, Relax, Kiss, Increase air volume/speed. Good luck.