Flute Talk

Articles January 2017

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Ask the Pro:
Nervousness
Ask the Pro is a new feature in Flute Talk. If you have a question you would like answered, email us at: [email protected]
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Practicing:
10 Steps to Better Soft Playing
“Your embouchure has to reflect the tone. When playing softly, tense lips result in the tone becoming airy and dry. It may help to envision the definition of soft: easy to mold, cut, compress, or fold; not hard or firm to the touch.”
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Interview:
The Silent Pull of What You Love: A Conversation with Claire Chase
Flutist Claire Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, and advocate for new and experimental music. “The Density 2036 project is a 22-year commissioning initiative based on the transformative power of Edgard Varèse’s Density 21.5.”
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Feature:
Playing Flute on Broadway
“In general, blending and listening in a pit orchestra can be a challenge, since the space is usually acoustically dead. Every player has a microphone that has been chosen and balanced by the sound designer, and the sound levels can be adjusted in real time by the production audio engineer.”
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Teaching:
Switching to Flute From Other Instruments
“Unlike true beginners, these musicians come to the flute with musical knowledge, but their experience learning a different instrument can create misunderstandings or areas that will need more attention.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Improving Articulation
“There should be no movement in the lips when tonguing. If there is motion, then the tongue’s movement is too forceful.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Q&A with Christine Beard

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