Flute Talk

Articles December 2008

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Interview:
The Amazing Story of Marco Granados
Granados started working professionally in his native Venezuela at the tender age of 12. “The audition was in September. My dad thought it was just a whim and humored me, but then I got the job, and Dad was in shock. After much discussion, he said I could take the job, as long as I used the money for education.”
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Debost's Comments:
Air Management
“The flute, which seems so easy to some people, actually requires more air than most wind instruments because about half of the air blown across the embouchure hole actually escapes, while the rest of it creates a turbulence upon hitting the strike edge.”
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Performance Guide:
Clarity and Elusiveness in Copland's Duo
“When you do everything in your power to escape from our beat-oriented, literal upbringing of reading music, you will discover how much musical expression comes from stretching, compressing, and suspending the beat.”
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Teaching:
Connecting the Dots
“When you knit a sweater, you should be sure that all yarn skeins come from the same dye lot so the sweater will be the same exact color all over. On the flute we want to be able to produce notes that are from the same dye lot.”
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Practicing:
Build Your Own Practice Space
“The 15' x 20' space started out as nothing more than cement block walls with a concrete floor.”
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Teaching:
Stage Presence and Bowing
“I have seen many performers, including a surprising number of seasoned professionals, look uncomfortable while bowing. While they have obviously spent many hours in the practice room, they have spent little time on stage skills.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Developing Nuanced Articulation
“On piccolo, it is critical to move only the front of the tongue, so that it interferes with the air stream as little as possible.”
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