Flute Talk

Articles January 2013

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Interview:
A Conversation with Boston’s Principal Piccolo Cynthia Myers
“I studied with Hebert for the next two years, and even long after I left Cleveland, I made the trip back for brush-up lessons. I used to joke with him that his lessons were like going to the doctor because he is such a great diagnostician.”
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Performance Preparations:
Performance Training
“The body can affect performance adversely most commonly through performance anxiety. We can all be sure to count on some level of physical and emotional anxiety at the moment we walk onto the stage. How we train can make the difference in learning to embrace and minimize its adverse affects.”
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Feature:
What I Learned from the Clarinet
“My seating position as the ‘tight end,’ so to speak, of the woodwind section also allowed me to bask in the beautiful sounds of the oboes, bassoons and clarinets. I was especially grateful for having had the opportunity to study those instruments as a graduate student at Eastman in 1948-50, when I was privileged to take private lessons with the principal players of the Rochester Philharmonic on oboe, bassoon and clarinet.” Also included is a Flute Talk Classic: A New Perspective On Note Releases by Walfrid Kujala, April 1995.
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Teaching:
That’s So Difficult!
“One of the many maxims I repeat often to my students is ‘confidence comes with knowing where the problems are and knowing how to solve them.’”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Tick-Tock from a Clock
“I began my practice watching the second hand of the clock count off second by second like a metronome. I soon realized I had a visual image to go along with the aural sensation of the ticking.”
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Debost's Comments:
Slammin’ an’ Squeezin’ A Dialogue with Michel Debost
“I never really studied with Jean-Pierré Rampal. He never agreed to give me formal lessons, let alone a paying one. He would say, ‘If you want to learn from me, listen to me.’”
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Personal Perspective:
The Best Lesson Ever: A Vote of Confidence
“Every time I played, I heard a doubtful voice in my head constantly saying, ‘Am I good enough?’ ‘Is this all a waste of time?’ ‘I won’t amount to anything unless I win this competition!’ Needless to say my energies became focused on practicalities versus artistic energy, and I lost focus.”
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Miscellaneous:
How to Make a Contrabass Flute Stand
Practical idea for do-it-yourselfers.
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