Flute Talk

Articles July August 2009

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Garner's Random Thoughts:
Musical Inspiration
“I tell my students that whatever you do in life, you should do it the best that you possibly can. Never be satisfied with the final product. It is always possible to be a bit better.”
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Interview:
Anne Drummond: The Next Generation of Jazz
“I like to hear individuality in someone’s playing. You have to be yourself with conviction, because anyone can copy someone else. I listen for meaning and personality and try to help students develop tools that will help them unleash their own expression.”
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Performance Guide:
Eldin Burton's Sonatina
“He originally wrote the Sonatina as a piano piece for a composition class at Julliard. The professor told him that it sounded like more than just a piano part and suggested that he rewrite the piece to include flutist Samuel Baron who was a fellow classmate.”
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Flute Events:
N.F.A. Preview
“Perhaps the title of the 2009 National Flute Association convention should have been “Sleepless in Manhattan.” It certainly promises to be an accurate description of the busy lineup of activities.”
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Flute Events:
Jazz Flute at the N.F.A.
In New York this August, the Jazz Flute Big Band returns along with many other great jazz flute events.
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Teaching:
A Sound Lesson
“Experimenting lets students know if their flute can be improved or if they should purchase a new headjoint or instrument. These experiments also really open students’ ears.”
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Teaching:
Scales & Arpeggios a la Guiot
“Doing technical homework gives flutists the ability to play a Stravinsky ballet one week, a Shostakovich symphony the next, and a flute and piano recital in between.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Stravinsky's Petrouchka
Petrouchka chronicles the Russian story of a puppet that comes to life: the big flute cadenza represents the magician bestowing human emotions upon the puppet.
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