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Old 2018-11-15, 01:59 AM   #1
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Playing traverse flute or an instrument while unicycling

I've always had a musical side and decided I want to learn to play traverse flute(I've already learned guitar, clarinet, saxophone, but at a basic level many years ago and I'm out of practice), mostly while sitting or standing, but occasionally while idling on the unicycle. I'm currently able to juggle 3 balls while idling for several minutes without much difficulty, sometimes even one-footed, so I figure it wouldn't be that much more difficult to play flute while idling.

I realize I could fall or drop the flute and damage it, so I won't get an expensive one. I'll make sure I'm at least semi-competent with the flute before I combine it with idling though I may practice some scales while idling depending on how things go. Does anyone have any experience with this, any tips?
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Old 2018-11-15, 07:10 AM   #2
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I realize I could fall or drop the flute and damage it, so I won't get an expensive one. I'll make sure I'm at least semi-competent with the flute before I combine it with idling though I may practice some scales while idling depending on how things go. Does anyone have any experience with this, any tips?
Once you manage it, be sure to post it on youtube. I'd like to see that. You will have to keep your upperbody very still I suppose to keep the flute to your mouth. Playing a guitar might be easier if it isn't too heavy.
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Old 2018-11-15, 07:45 AM   #3
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the big problem is to manage your lips position while on the uni. could be very difficult (I tried playing the trumpet and didn't succeed ... this said at the Stanford Marching Band there is a picture of a lady playing sousaphone while riding ... Ouch!)
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Old 2018-11-15, 08:29 AM   #4
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I used to play a Hohner melodeon while riding my old 20. I no longer play the melodeon, and I wouldn't risk it with any of my valuable concertinas.

I can play harmonica while riding the UW.
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Old 2018-11-15, 06:10 PM   #5
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Once you manage it, be sure to post it on youtube. I'd like to see that. You will have to keep your upperbody very still I suppose to keep the flute to your mouth. Playing a guitar might be easier if it isn't too heavy.
Will definitely post videos if I get that far. I've thought about playing guitar while unicycling, but I think ukulele may be even better since it's smaller and lighter and easier to learn to play a few tunes on it. May consider ukulele if flute doesn't work out. In fact, still considering ukulele — maybe I'll just learn to play flute as a totally separate activity from unicycling, while ukulele will be my unicycling instrument.

One concern I have is losing my breath due to the combination of blowing into a flute while idling — many flutists run out of breath just playing flute. Also, the strange almost twisted kind of posture flutists have to make to properly play flute may literally throw me off the unicycle. On the other hand, there are violinist-unicyclists, and that's even more involved. But considering that I can juggle while unicycling and juggle while running long distances, these issues probably won't be a big deal once I adapt.

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Old 2018-11-15, 08:10 PM   #6
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Do you feel any any air hitting your head as a result of the idling? If so, you won't be able to play transverse flute while doing that. As a player of this instrument, I was originally anticipating music-making while riding forward. I can say now that I was overlooking the obvious. Moving air will defeat your airstream.

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Old 2018-11-16, 06:06 PM   #7
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Do you feel any any air hitting your head as a result of the idling? If so, you won't be able to play transverse flute while doing that. As a player of this instrument, I was originally anticipating music-making while riding forward. I can say now that I was overlooking the obvious. Moving air will defeat your airstream.
When idling, your head should stay more or less stationary and your body and the unicycle move beneath it, as if you were a pendulum hanging from your helmet.
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I definitely wouldn't risk any of my guitars to do this! OK maybe my 6-string bass, that thing would probably break the road if I dropped it
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Old 2018-11-18, 02:13 PM   #9
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I used to play a Hohner melodeon while riding my old 20. I no longer play the melodeon, and I wouldn't risk it with any of my valuable concertinas.

I can play harmonica while riding the UW.
I've considered playing harmonica while idling. How long can you do it for on the UW? Before I practice with flute I may play pretend flute with a long stick while idling just to get used to the body movements just so I don't risk damaging the real flute.
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Old 2018-11-18, 02:18 PM   #10
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Do you feel any any air hitting your head as a result of the idling? If so, you won't be able to play transverse flute while doing that. As a player of this instrument, I was originally anticipating music-making while riding forward. I can say now that I was overlooking the obvious. Moving air will defeat your airstream.
Have you tried riding forward very slowly? I don't think air hitting me should be a serious problem since I'm more or less proficient at idling and can even juggle while doing it. As Mikefule already pointed out, you're not supposed to move your head while idling. I may experiment with riding forward while playing flute, but will have to take it very slowly, though we'll see how it goes.
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Old 2018-11-19, 03:26 AM   #11
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I think I've seen someone play a flute while riding. I don't think moving at a basic riding speed will inhibit your ability to make good notes.
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Old 2018-11-19, 05:05 AM   #12
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I've just been trying to help. People are welcome to try and prove me wrong, though. I wish I was wrong about it, because I was originally hoping to play the flute while riding.
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Old 2018-11-19, 07:52 AM   #13
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I've considered playing harmonica while idling. How long can you do it for on the UW? Before I practice with flute I may play pretend flute with a long stick while idling just to get used to the body movements just so I don't risk damaging the real flute.
I used it as a training technique. I was practising riding the UW indoors in a village hall, weaving around chairs in figures of 8 and other shapes. I found that by concentrating on playing the harmonica, I took my conscious mind away from the UW leaving my brain to get on with the UW unhindered. I was able to ride and weave between chairs while playing for a minute or two at a time.
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Old 2018-11-20, 09:31 PM   #14
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Alright, it works. Theoretically, wind can prevent it. A much bigger problem is turning the uni while playing. Even if that can be achieved, I foresee some severe back and shoulder strain.
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Old 2018-11-21, 05:51 AM   #15
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Alright, unicycle-fluting is my new favorite hobby. And you all said it couldn't be done! :evil:

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