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Playing flute with braces

Question Posted Saturday July 24 2004, 8:20 pm

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?

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PinkPixieDust answered Monday November 15 2004, 6:17 pm:

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!

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LiLBoYCrAzYBaBe09 answered Sunday August 29 2004, 12:10 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!!

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iwasherexox answered Tuesday July 27 2004, 10:03 am:
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!

good luck


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Sagittarius03 answered Sunday July 25 2004, 6:28 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

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lynx_wings answered Sunday July 25 2004, 4:48 am:
I don't play the flute anymore, but I used to, and I had braces.

Once you get used to them, which doesn't take much time at all, you're fine, and you just play like normal.

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xChainMeUp13x answered Sunday July 25 2004, 1:12 am:
Havin braces doesnt effect the performance of playin the flute idk ne like way to position it wen playin so its not on ure chin but i think u just gotta get used to them and everythin will be fine hope i helped

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karlyndarlin05 answered Saturday July 24 2004, 10:46 pm:
i have braces n' play clarinet...but i have a lot of friends w/ braces who play flute... they said it just basically is one lil thing to get used to, but u can still problem
~hope i helped

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yellow3436 answered Saturday July 24 2004, 10:09 pm:
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

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xO0cAnDiCe answered Saturday July 24 2004, 10:01 pm:
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 =)

hope i helped
x|0 <33 candice * rate mee =)

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xOx_AdElA_xOx answered Saturday July 24 2004, 9:48 pm:
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

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goodgurl answered Saturday July 24 2004, 9:37 pm:
sorry i can not help but dont worrie bout it just keep being good at what you do

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brotha*from*anotha*motha answered Saturday July 24 2004, 9:07 pm:
Hey, I have braces but play trombone and trombone would hurt way more then a flute so u dont even have to can just put wax on ur braces

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omqitzsarah answered Saturday July 24 2004, 8:58 pm:
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 didnt even hurt to play..well hope i helped yah out!

xoxox Sarah

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IxAmxCrying answered Saturday July 24 2004, 8:56 pm:
Playin' flute with braces is cool.

Nobody has a problem with it.

Don't worry about it.

Look at all the band geeks in high school with braces... It's horrible.

Braces and flutes go togehter like ketchup and mustard.

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Siren_Cytherea answered Saturday July 24 2004, 8:46 pm:
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 =)

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