Flute/Throat Fluttering

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Question
I am trying to flutter on the flute, but it is impossible for me to tongue flutter, so I have decided to try the other method, which is using the throat. The problem is that I can vibrate my throat, but there is no sound when I play the flute. I am not sure if I am vibrating my throat wrong. Can you please help me?

Answer
You have to vibrate really loud and hard with your throat.  It takes a lot of air, it's like gargling but without the vocalising that gargling has.  Also, a lot of your embouchure will kinda disintegrate, and the sound that you do get from your flute won't be "pretty."  As you try this, turn your flute more in or more out to find the spot where the air you are pushing out actually goes into the embouchure hole.

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I can answer questions about playing the flute or piccolo, buying an instrument, the difference between instruments and their features, what is recommended in a particular price range by professionals, about starting or playing in a flute choir and about flute repair. I CANNOT TELL YOU THE VALUE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT.

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I have a master's degree in flute performance and flute repair; I have played for 40 years; I teach flute and have my own flute choir; I have my own flute repair business; I sell used flutes which I've refurbished; I perform solo and with area orchestras.

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Founder Mountains of Asheville Flute Ensemble. Education/Credentials
B.A. Music Queens University
M.S. Biology UNC-Charlotte
M.M. Western Carolina University

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B.A. Music Queens University
M.S. Biology UNC-Charlotte
M.M. Western Carolina University

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Most Outstanding Musician, Queens University
graduated Summa Cum Laude from all three universities

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