In my quest to learn the flute, there is one problem that I have had a difficult time overcoming; the absence of a side Bb key. Do flute players not see a need for it? If so, what do they use instead, the thumb Bb?
You do!!man that bis Bb key is a GREAT idea. flute players will scoff and say they don't need it but I for one would love to have a flute with bis Bb haha.
There is Also an alternate F# = The middle finger of the right hand. Like any alternate fingering it must be used in the proper context. It's usually slightly flat and teachers won't tell beginning students or saxophone players in particular about it because they want you to get used to the standard f# fingering which is usually sharp in the 3rd register.Guys, ths Bb lever is the best thing since sliced bread, much better than that clumsy thing on the sax. It is perfectly placed for the bottom of the RH index finger. And who needs a bid with the thumb Bb? What the flute really needs is an alternate F#. The 1867 System flue from Rudall Carte solved the problem, but it never caught on widely.
yeah but the thumb is way less dextrous than the index finger which is why the sax bis key is much easier to use IMOYou do!!
The thumb Bb does exactly what the bis key does. In most flat keys the thumb Bb is usually kept down to play recurring Bb's
just as the bis key is used on sax.