The team with the copper flute would likely score more points. Not necessarily because it is higher quality materials, but because PVC flutes/recorders are among the most popular and easy instruments to make. The judges will be listening to PVC stuff all day.If one team makes an instrument out of PVC and another team makes it out of copper, then would the team who made the copper instrument get more points because of the higher quality materials?
I don't see any reason why you would get docked points for originality. Alto flute is certainly an obscure instrument in these types of competitions.If I make an alto flute, would I get docked off points for originality? Most likely? But it is only one point, right?
You only get points for the notes in the allowable range. If your range covers all of the allowable range and then some, you will still score the maximum number of points.On the rules, it says that notes outside of the allowable range are permitted but must not be scored. Does that mean that if I make an instrument that goes out of the allowable range, I won't get any points for range? Or it is that I wont get any additional points?
Sound quality is tough to measure percentage-wise, but if I thought that it had a 75% sound quality I would score it to reflect 75% of the total points. Keep in mind that if your instrument sounds 75% like an actual instrument, that is actually very very good and would probably earn full marks on that section.In the sound quality part: If an instrument has an average sound quality compared to other instruments, what score would they most likely get? (Like a 75 percent level of sound quality compared to the other instruments)
I always say make what you are most familiar with. So if you are most comfortable playing a flute, make a flute. My first year in this event flutes were very common, but my partner was such a good flute player that she more than made up for having a common instrument. No sense building an instrument you can't play, right?What instruments should I make? I want to do an alto flute for Instrument A, but I am scared that it is too common.
Don't make another woodwind instrument. Build whatever your partner has experience on. Be wary of brass, though. A brass player by trade, I avoided that and went with percussion instead, knowing it would be easier to build. My personal suggestion is- if you can get this to work- build a nice, deep, rich bass marimba. It would sound great with a flute. That's easier said than done though. Get the wood to resonate well and you're on the right track.What should I make for Instrument B? I can't make anything too expensive or time consuming (because of my studying events), but I really want to medal in this event!
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