Flute Talk

Articles January 2014

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Interview:
New Sounds on the Flute, A Conversation with Matthias Ziegler
“A big step was putting microphones inside the instrument, and all those sounds came to life. The sounds got to a level that people could hear them. At that point I started making a library of my sounds. I defined them, wrote them down, recorded how long I could play them and outlined the possible dynamic range.”
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Personal Perspective:
Resolutions
“For those of us beyond our student years, while we continue to increase and shore up our abilities we should think more deeply about how to benefit our communities through music. I would challenge you to ponder how to be generous in this way. ”
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Career Advice:
One Orchestral Flutist’s Journey
“With the proliferation of advice about how to play orchestra excerpts and take auditions, it is surprising how few successful professional players have shared their personal audition stories. This is needed, because young players should have a clearer idea of what awaits them after graduation, and teachers need to give real-world advice.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Interval Practice
“When you are practicing these intervals, experiment to see whether you get better results by changing the size of the aperture or by increasing the speed of the air. There is no one answer.”
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Best Lesson Ever:
Studying with Harold Bennett
“When I heard him play in my first lesson, I realized that a rich and vibrant flute sound, void of surface noise, was possible.”
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Teaching:
Music Theory Made Visible: Using the Piano in the Flute Studio
“I use the piano to briefly illustrate new concepts as they are introduced on the flute. When a student first encounters an F#, for example, we take a few minutes to observe the general layout of the keyboard, to find an F#, and to discover other F#s and how they sound compared with F# on the flute.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Warming Up
“Try to develop a little something you can play which will allow you to see if the instrument is aligned properly and that everything is in good working order mechanically.”
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