Flute Talk

Articles December 2009

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Debost's Comments:
Symmetry and the Flute
“Don’t torture young people about playing exactly in the center. Pleasure and comfort are more important than symmetry.”
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Interview:
An Interview with Mihoko Watanabe
“Be unique. If you are thinking ‘I have to stand out; I have to play well,’ then you are not unique. Instead it should be: ‘I want the sound to be like this, and this phrase should go there.’ Put your individuality and identity in the music.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Steps To A Better Tone
“Over the years I have asked students where they place their feet when they play, and most have no idea. I have also asked if their aperture is centered, off to the right, or off to the left. Again, most don’t know."
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Idea Exchange:
Flute Lessons in Serbia
“When students reach high school, they have several options. They can attend a music high school, attend a regular high school, or go to both regular and music high school concurrently.”
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Teaching:
The Complete Flute Lesson
“To train well-rounded musicians, we should also teach music theory, music history, and performance practice.”
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Woodwind Clinic:
Tuning Your Flute Choir
“Ignoring intonation problems with the hope that they will go away is a waste of time. Like everything else, intonation only improves with practice.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Doubling
“I always begin my practice routine on the flute, and move to the piccolo once all of my flute warmups have been played.”
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Music:
Freefall
A Jazz Flute Duet by Marc Adler
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