Flute Talk

Articles July August 2010

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Flute Events:
Convention in Southern California
The annual N.F.A. convention takes place in Anaheim this August. Ellis, the 2010 Program Chair, identifies some of the many highlights for all ages and levels.
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The Teacher's Studio:
Advice for High School and College Students
Getting ready for a great fall semester involves more than just packing your backpack. George offers tips about course planning, lesson protocols, and how best to present yourself.
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Garner's Random Thoughts:
Bustin’ Some Flute Myths
Garner explores and debunks numerous myths about air usage, vibrato, fingerings, and more, many of which have been taught as gospel for decades.
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Interview:
Two Instruments, Two Perspectives, An Interview with Lew Tabackin
“Tone is the key. When you pick up the flute and it sounds good, then you can play. If it doesn’t sound good, then, go back to the drawing board. When sound doesn’t work, nothing works on the flute or any other wind instrument, for that matter.”
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Performance Guide:
Victor Herbert’s L’Encore for Flute, Clarinet, and Orchestra
This light hearted, spirited piece is well-suited for a pops or summer concert.
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Selecting an Instrument:
The Differences Between Metals
The question of how various metals affect tone quality has been debated for centuries. There have been only a few scientific studies that have researched the effects of different metals on flute sound.
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Let's Talk Picc:
Questions and Answers
Ellis answers questions most frequently asked by students of the piccolo with additional advice from industry experts.
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Preventing Injuries:
A Book Review
A review of Alan H.D. Watson's book, The Biology of Musical Performance and Performance-Related Injury
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Music:
Yankee Doodle Dandy by George M. Cohan, arr. Marc Adler
Celebrate the holiday with this jazz duet.
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