Flute/Broken F sharp


After not playing for about a week, I tried to play F sharp on my flute (Gemeinhart 50 Series), but a G came out instead. I checked my fingering and saw that it was correct, and I haven't been able to ask my band director about this yet. Is there any other way to play F sharp?

Hi, Mira.
Please get your flute repaired ASAP, sweetie.  It is not good to leave something broken, and try to work around it.  It may be something as simple as a loose or worn key pad, or a problem with a spring that has popped out of place.  When I say "spring," I am talking about those little wires behind the long rails that the keys are attached to.  The little wires rest in teeny little hooks on one end.  If they pop loose, you can sometimes pop them back into place yourself.  Check this first.  Then if it is not that, maybe it's best to take the flute to a repair shop.

Sorry for the delay in answering, Mira.  I had a bad internet connection for awhile, but we're ok here now.  I hope you are also up and running again soon!



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