Flute Talk

Articles February 2018

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Roundtable Discussion:
Forging New Paths Across Genre and Style, Taking Ensemble Performance in New Directions
“The show we tour with most often is called Fruit Flies Like a Banana, a madcap variety hour in which we attempt to perform over 20 pieces in 60 minutes (with a timer ticking down), but the audience determines the show order. The fast-paced nature keeps us on our toes and in the moment which is infectious to the audience.”
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Playing Tips:
Second Flute Auditions: Myths, Questions, and Answers
“There is the somewhat harmful Dry Toast notion; that one should sound a bit bland or uninteresting, like the taste of dry toast, in order to win.”
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Ask the Pro:
Ask the Pro: Articulation
If you have a question you would like answered, email us at [email protected]
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The Teacher's Studio:
Left Hand Only
“Several flutists have written recently asking what can be practiced with an injured right hand. Actually, there are many fundamental playing issues that can be practiced using the left hand only.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Piccolo Basics
“To raise the pitch of a sustained piano top octave D, add the G# and the right-hand first finger. For an extra sharp top octave D, add the D# key and the right-hand second, third, and fourth fingers to the usual fingering. These fingerings are especially useful in orchestral scoring in which the piccolo is playing with the violins in octaves.”
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Practicing:
Five Minutes a Day for Better Embouchure Flexibility
Try this quick daily exercise to improve embouchure flexibility created by the principal flutist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra.
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An Extra Hour:
An Extra Hour
What would you do with one extra hour of practice time each day?
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Flute News:
2018 International Low Flutes Festival

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