Robert of the Seventh Axe:
Well, first off, I don't think you need to worry about the yarn compressing;
the purpose of cork grease is mostly lubrication, so the joint doesn't freeze.
A properly corked joint should be fairly airtight by itself. The older-style
thread joint sometimes requires a bit of "grooving" --- some folks use their
teeth to lift it, but I just run a couple of parellel grooves into it with my
thumbnail. Ralph uses a thick yarn, which definately calls for a bit of
grooving-up. I'm not sure cork grease makes a huge difference here --- I don't
use it on my Rosewood C Sweetheart, and I can seal that up fine and dandy.
As for books, well, yes the Hamilton book is the Bible, but the catechism is
Fintan Vallely's "Timbre! The Flute Tutor". The only real way to learn is to
get a tutor --- you can be shown the basics in an hour, but even then it's
nice to have someone teach you the use of embouchure, articulation, phrasing
and ornament a tune or two at a time for ease of digestion.
If you really want to learn the flute and maintain a skill level (as on any
embouchuratic instrument) you'll need to put some time into it. With six other
siblings to feed, this baby will cry. Spend the time, and you'll find it's
worth it. Toots sweet! ---pg