Flute Talk

Articles December 2011

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Profile:
90th Birthday Celebration for Robert Willoughby
“The key to Bob’s teaching success is that he encourages students to think as he asks such probing questions as ‘Where are you going with that phrase?’ ‘Why did you stretch that note?’ ‘How would you make this phrase sound different from the last one?’ The result is that his students achieve independence. There is no single Willoughby style or tone."
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Interview:
A Conversation with Robert Willoughby
“The position of the embouchure plate on the lip depends on the person. Some have full lips, and others thin. I don’t think there is any one particular way that works for everybody. This is, in general, my philosophy about flute playing.”
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From the Principal's Chair:
Stand and Deliver
“Imagine that while waiting in line at the bank, you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Your hands are in your pockets, you slouch a bit, and look relaxed. A thought crosses your mind: if I could just be this relaxed when I play the flute.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
How to Choose a Flute
“At least a month before trying instruments, practice well.... If there are problems when you play a new instrument, you want to know that it is the instrument’s problem and not yours.”
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Teaching:
Incorporating Theory Into Lessons
Theory is often neglected in private lessons with so many other skills to develop. With a few easy techniques, teachers can add theory to lesson plans, even with very young students.
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Debost's Comments:
Marcel Moyse in Switzerland
“I did not play a note that he did not criticize, or a phrase that he did not tear to pieces. Colors, rubato, poetic content, and vibrato were the issues. About technique, he said nothing. I felt I could not please him, but then I remembered that I came here to learn from a monument of the 19th century.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Keep Your Piccolo Warm
“One of the most helpful things a player can do is to play the instrument daily.”
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Obituary:
George Russell Hambrecht
(1924-2011)
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