How do you keep from getting dizzy playing the piccolo?

It seems that you are NOT activating your diaphragm at all and you seem also to play too long at a time. Make sure you are breathing deep enough and that you kind of "support" the tone by activating the diaphragm and thus regulating the airflow. Also, do not practice for too long at a time!

What are the best brands for the piccolo?

Good afternoon Emily! If you are planning to march with your piccolo I would stick with either a metal or plastic (resin) piccolo. In regards to the timbre you will receive from either the metal or the resin piccolos, the metal piccolos have a brighter harsher sound and the resin piccolos are usually a bit warmer in terms of sound color. Di Zhao DZP101 ($600 range) Yamaha YPC-32 ($1,000 range) Jupiter 300 Series ($600 range) Pearl PFP-105 ($1,000 range) You really can’t go wrong with any of these piccolos, the Pearl PFP-105 would probably be my top pick just for the sound quality. All of the piccolos I listed are either made of metal or resin. The prices and quality will of course increase whenever you start looking into the wood piccolos! If you ever get to that point my top recommendation would be the Hammig piccolos; these piccolos are both aesthetically and economically pleasing! In regards to the inconvenient music location, I have purchased both of my piccolos and my flute from the Carolyn Nussbaum Music Co. ( They are located in Texas but they will ship you a number of instruments at a time to try out side by side and they will even help walk you through the buying process over the phone. They were incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. I hope that this helps!

How do I get better at the Piccolo?

Let your teacher help you out on everythng you have trouble with. And don't fret about it so much. Practice does make perfect. And also remember, quality not quantity. You'll get the hang of it! :)

Any tips for how to play the piccolo?

Your embouchure and control on the flute must be terrific - and problems on the flute are magnified on the picc, since it is so tiny. If this is a school picc, then chances are it is a dog. Is it all metal? Worse yet. If someone handed you a decent all-composition (plastic) picc - or even a pro wooden one - you would be amazed at how much easier everything is. OR - did you buy this nasty puppy off ebay? If so, it will NEVER sound any good. Kids bring these to their lesson - their Mom heard them say that someday they wanted a picc, Mom saw one CHEAP on ebay - boom. I have to tell them that they wasted their money. More info, please. Am I at all *warm* with any of these guesses?

Is the cecilio piccolo an ok instrument to purchase for an 11 year old very, very beginning player?

Do not buy anything from cecilio ever. very bad company, very bad quality, she'll be lucky to get a good note out of that instrument. Not a very good tone, always falling apart. I would suggest either a Yamaha or a Geminhardnt. Geminhardnt have the better tone but Yamaha's have much better tuning. either one would be great.

How do you change dynamics on a piccolo?

stop changing flute dynamics with the aperture (size) of your embouchure hole. use more air and more ab muscles to support the sound and make it bigger. the piccolo is quite the evil instrument, dynamics will be a lot harder to achieve on it than on your flute. put a metronome on and do four count < and > slowly, soon you'll be able to do it in context.

How tight is the embouchure on the piccolo?

The embouchure us NOT tighter - you just need really good control or *aim*. I hear students that squeeze so hard, their lips actually BUZZ like a trumpet player on certain notes - spit all over! The fingerings are essentially the same, until you get into a jam, or are playing advanced solo literature - then there is a WHOLE NUTHER WORLD of alternate fingerings. You do not have to be concerned about that at your level. Please wear hearing protection - even simple ear plugs - if you are at all *tingly* in the ears when you practice. In less time than you think, you can suffer permanent hearing loss.

What is a good piccolo I can get for marching that still sounds good?

By all means, get an all-composition piccolo. Metal is *nasty*, and all-wood will not survive temperature fluctuations outdoors - and they are expensive, too. Grenaditte is a very stable material, and Pearl is a great brand - you cannot go wrong there. Also explore Yamaha, and the Jupiter. Look over those seen on or JL Smith - a all-flute house, rather than a big-box band instrument store. If THEY carry an instrument, it is good.

What are the advantages of a piccolo made of ebonite?

Resin bodies are not affected by weather and should not crack. Quality of resin body instruments varies greatly.

piccolo? .?

That depends on what you mean, really. For instance, if you were to play a note on the flute and then play the same note on a piccolo, the piccolo would sound an octave higher. So, while the note is definately higher, it's not technically any higher on the staff. The range of the piccolo is from D1 to C4. Years ago, there was a piccolo made in the key of Db that was popular to play in marching bands. Some of the older arrangements of music have Db piccolo parts. I think they found it a lot easier to have a piccolo in the same key as the flute, so now Db piccolos aren't made anymore. Hope That Helps!