Flute Talk

Articles November 2008

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Interview:
A Flutist from Down Under: An Interview with Alexa Still
“I really wanted to play sax and bagpipes, but when I was 8 they got me a flute instead. Actually, I have a set of bagpipes, but I haven’t quite made it past the stage of collapsing into hysterical laughter at the sound I make on them.”
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Advice for Students:
A Letter to Students: Keep Your Options Open
“I believe that life is what you make of it. There are options throughout the journey, and the decisions that you make, whether large or small, influence the rest of your life.”
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Masterclass Series:
Headjoint and Body
The second article in the Masterclass Series includes balancing the flute, scales, note-reading, chunking, and melodic contouring using the headjoint and the flute body but no footjoint.
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Performance Guide:
Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Assobio A Jato
This incredible piece of music requires great technical proficiency and stamina from any flutist who has the courage to try to perform it. The last page, however, makes the effort worthwhile.
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Performance Preparations:
Become a Confident Performer
“Perfect performances are extremely rare, even for professionals. What matters most is that we communicate with the audience and that everyone, even the performer, enjoys the experience.”
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Practicing:
Fluteless Practice on Vacation
“With planning, substantial progress on learning repertoire can be made without an instrument.” Try these tips for mental practice when your flute is not at hand.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Meet Mindy Kaufman of the New York Philharmonic
“Six times a day I set my timer for 30 minutes so I can practice without distraction for that period. Otherwise, I could easily putter around, cleaning up or making phone calls.”
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