Flute Talk

Articles February 2015

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Interview:
Playing with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, An Interview with Emily Beynon
“Be flexible with your dynamics, colors, and vibrato and have a good range of attacks. Always know your function harmonically, and whether you’re leading, following, shadowing, blending or the soloist. Be a musical chameleon.”
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Teaching:
Teaching Middle School Flutists
“Keep the lesson material fresh and engaging. Observe what a student likes and find ways to include it in lessons, such as studying video game music or watching YouTube videos of professional flutists playing the student’s repertoire.”
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Performance Preparations:
On Memorizing
“Why should we memorize? It had never occurred to me to ask such a question when I began studying the flute seriously. I just took it for granted that memorizing one’s solo repertoire was the right thing to do and was also an important mark of professionalism.”
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History:
Musical Communication or Follow the Ink
“Initially, composers indicated tempo and expression with meter choices. A 24 time signature called for a faster tempo than a 44 time signature, while 68 was faster than 64. Words were not necessary because the time signatures said it all."
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Practicing:
Playing Fast
“As flutists progress and gain control of the various fingering patterns, many students eventually do begin to play quickly. However, there are legions of flutists who continue to plod along, playing everything slowly and methodically as if they did not want to make a mistake.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Pick a Letter
“Pick a letter, any letter, and see how a collection of words beginning with that letter, can be inspiration for your practicing.”
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Notes from Northfield:
Happy Birthday

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