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posted: 6/21/2005 at 5:37:53 PM ET
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I really want to be a professional jazz performer when I get older. The only problem is most jazz bands don't take full time flutes. Do you know of any that do? Any info on this would be great.

Also I know flute players can also play sax and they just use sax players when they need flutes but I hear if you try to switch from flute to sax it messes up your embouchure.


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posted: 6/21/2005 at 5:54:40 PM ET
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Why not start your own band? You don't have to wait until you're older, unless you're just in grade school, and that's not necessarily a hinderence either. A lot of musicians play several instruments, it's just a matter of practice and versatility. I can't remember exactly, but Barbara Mandrell of country& western fame plays at least four.

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posted: 6/21/2005 at 11:16:28 PM ET
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I know lots of sax players who double on flute and a few flutes who play sax on the side. None that I know have experianced any problems what so ever with embouchures.

Flute is not a primary instrunebt a jazz, but has been successfully done some (not a lot). The group Jethro Tull actually started out as a jazz group and later converted to rock. Ian Anderson played flute and was the vocalist.

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