The FluteShield - a listening & performing tool
Sunday 28th June 2020:
My partner Danny had this idea the other day and it immediately seemed to work... The airstream is effectively reflected back at the player, enabling you to hear your own sound really accurately, apart from also being a very useful way of keeping your airstream to yourself! It's unobtrusive and comfortable to use too.
As a teaching or practising aid I think this can be invaluable, as you hear your sound reflected back from very nearby, meaning you hear what other people hear - and then you can make adjustments to your sound using this feedback.
We are keen to share this with everyone in the flute playing community, so we have made a free paper version for you to print out and make by yourself (see my demo video below) and also a plastic version which you can obtain from us if you are interested. If so please contact me by email. Prices by voluntary donation. Suggestion for clear version: £12 or £50 for a set of 5 (for flute choirs, students etc) (plus P&P).
Once Danny had made his prototype, we did this short experiment where I play a note on my flute with a candle flame in line - with and without the FluteShield!
NB: the strong flow of air comes out of your mouth only. Sound-waves emerge from the end of the flute and from the tone-holes (you can measure this using a candle flame if you are interested!)
Here I've done a comparison - filmed on my phone - with and without the FluteShield, both paper and clear versions.
Let me know what you think!
6th July: Danny has been beavering away in his workshop and has made one that fits the piccolo too!
Diameters of flute headjoints that the FluteShield will fit:
Cork End: 17 - 19mm
Body End: 19 - 22mm
Cork end: 14 - 19mm
Body end: 14 - 22mm