Flute Talk

Articles October 2011

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Interview:
A Different Take on Chamber Music with Stephanie Jutt
We play all types of music from lighthearted, fluffy pieces to the most serious and profound, but our habit of keeping a light touch on it all has served us well. There is nothing about classical music that says players have to be serious or stodgy. [Too often] we often have a museum mentality about classical music. Concert programs are filled with a line-up of masterpieces, and the audience is expected to approach them in awestruck silence."
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College Preparation:
Advice for Future Flute Majors
Four college flute majors share their experiences from the selection process through the first year of college. As I warmed up for the ensemble audition, I started to play a few long tones when I heard flute players all around me ripping up and down scales faster than I had ever heard before. I was too shy to run through my piece and let the other flutists in the studio hear me, so I fingered through the excerpt and headed down to the audition room.
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History:
The History of the Tuning A
An oboist and flutist discuss the factors involved in producing a good A for tuning an ensemble as well as advice to help flutists tune properly.
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The Teacher's Studio:
A Picture Is Worth 10,000 Words
The most common problem flutists have is how to balance the flute in the hands. If the flute is balanced correctly, everything is better.
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Debost's Comments:
Flute Expectations
A musician should be both a conscientious craftsperson who prepares a balanced and reliable instrument and then, transfigured by the magic wand of a Mozart or a Debussy, an artist.
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Career Profile:
Music Education
"Like most beginning teachers, I had not realized the influence a teacher can make in a student's life."
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Let's Talk Picc:
A Conversation with Matjaz Debeljak
I move to piccolo after warming up on the flute. If I start on piccolo, then the flute feels so big. The need for support is greater on the piccolo and the finger coordination is different as are the lips. Each instrument demands a slightly unique approach.
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