I'm going to get braces within a few weeks and I'm kinda starting to worry about playing flute with them. Do any of you have braces and play flute? If so, is there anyway you can position the flute so it's not right on your chin when you play? Also, will having braces dramatically change my performance?
I've been playing flute for quite awhile and I plan on majoring in flute performance in college so I was excited to see this question!
When I was in the seventh grade I got my braces on and my performance did change, but only for about two weeks. It's just a matter of getting used to the way your embouchure is going to feel. The thing about trying to move the flute so it's more comfortable is confusing. It might be more comfortable if it's not right on your chin but make sure your lip isn't covering the tone hole...if you do put it farther on your lip make sure you roll out on your head joint! Good luck! [ PinkPixieDust's advice column | Ask PinkPixieDust A Question ]
LiLBoYCrAzYBaBe09 answered Sunday August 29 2004, 4:10 pm: Braces wont mess up the way you play. I don't play the flute (I play tenor saxophone)instead. I play my cousins flute ALL the time and it doesnt bother me. Braces wont afect how you play and wont afect your playing. It will sound the same with or without braces!!! Hope that I helped and tell me how it goes!! [ LiLBoYCrAzYBaBe09's advice column | Ask LiLBoYCrAzYBaBe09 A Question ]
iwasherexox answered Tuesday July 27 2004, 2:03 pm: crap!! i hated that! it`s harder with piccolo though =( try to keep it in the same place and maybe you can put wax over your braces to stop cutting in. it won`t really interfere, but you really have to keep at it!
Sagittarius03 answered Sunday July 25 2004, 10:28 pm: you shouldnt worry about your performance changing. i have played flute for 2 years with braces and it kind of improved my learning situation. i dont know how, but it seems like i have gotten better at finding the right position. just dont let it get to you. it will all be ok. -PA [ Sagittarius03's advice column | Ask Sagittarius03 A Question ]
lynx_wings answered Sunday July 25 2004, 8:48 am: I don't play the flute anymore, but I used to, and I had braces.
yellow3436 answered Sunday July 25 2004, 2:09 am: well i did play flut intill i got braces lol not to piss u off but i couldnt play afterwards so i took up drums but im just letting u noe that and it will only change ur appearance wen u look into the mirror noone else is gonnna notice really and it will be natural after about a month so dotn worry bout it [ yellow3436's advice column | Ask yellow3436 A Question ]
xO0cAnDiCe answered Sunday July 25 2004, 2:01 am: well .. i have braces nd i play the flute .. nd lyk the very first monthish hurt cause ur teeth r jst sore .. so that's a pain but after it's lyk they're not evn there .. a lot of my friends who play flut have braces nd its lyk there''s nothin there .. so don't worry about =)
xOx_AdElA_xOx answered Sunday July 25 2004, 1:48 am: i dno becuz i dont play the flute but i used to have braces nd you can do all the same things u do w/o them...and one of my friends has braces nd plays the flute and i think shes doin just fine with them so i think it wont do anythin to ur playin..hope i helped<3 [ xOx_AdElA_xOx's advice column | Ask xOx_AdElA_xOx A Question ]
omqitzsarah answered Sunday July 25 2004, 12:58 am: i have braces and also play the flute =) when i first got braces i left school b4 i had band and came back like right when my band class was starting and when i came in i told my director and he said that if u play ur flute a lot in different ways so that ur mouth adjusts u wont even notice that the braces are there..and it worked for me..it didnt even hurt to play..well hope i helped yah out!
Siren_Cytherea answered Sunday July 25 2004, 12:46 am: This is one I'm not sure I can help with...
I play flute, too, but I was so into it that I decided against getting braces so they wouldn't interfere with my playing.
My friends told me that the braces get in the way at first and hurt a little, but then you get used to it and you can still play. The fourth chair in band last year had braces since before I met her a year ago, and she was still pretty good.
Hope I helped a little!
-Siren =) [ Siren_Cytherea's advice column | Ask Siren_Cytherea A Question ]
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