Flute Talk

Articles December 2019

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Interview:
A Conversation with Kersten McCall
“In a sense, I fell into this career, but pretty soon, even before entering the conservatory system, I realized that it was going to be hard. There were too many things that I wanted to be able to do that I couldn’t.”
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Ask the Pro:
Difficult Passages
“As you are playing through the passage note any patterns in the passage by marking them with a pencil. I use a bracket to show relationships between half steps in diatonic passages.”
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Playing Tips:
Above It All
“While it may be true that playing sharp sounds a bit better than playing flat on a string instrument, at least as far as the flute is concerned, sharp is, well, just out of tune.”
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Practicing:
Developing Rhythmic Confidence
“Think of the beat in music as a living thing just like one’s heartbeat, breath and pulse. Like a heartbeat, if you listen for it, you will hear it.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Flute Choir Programming: The Classical Concert
“The easiest setting might be a program of background music [where] the audience is occupied mixing with each other, and their attention is not solely directed towards the flute choir.”
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Personal Perspective:
Do I Really Know This Piece
“Just because a musician has technically and musically mastered a piece, it does not mean that it will move an audience.”
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First 30 Minutes:
My Practice Laboratory
Professional flutists share their daily warm-up routines.
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