Flute Talk

Articles February 2020

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Interview:
A Conversation with Judith Mendenhall
“This is a hallmark of a great teacher: someone who has the dedication and patience to go back to square one if necessary and repeat the whole learning process if it has not sunk in.”
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Feature:
Exercises for Success, Balancing Symmetry and Asymmetry
“Playing the flute requires an asymmetrical stance and balancing position, but there are activities that can mitigate that lopsidedness so that breathing is freer, and the body does not get in the way of a great performance.”
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Profile:
Reflections at 95 A Conversation with Walfrid Kujala
Walfrid Kujala discusses his long career, including playing piccolo with the Chicago Symphony, teaching at Northwestern Uni-versity, and writing his many books and articles.
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Flute Talk Classic:
A Performance Checklist for Debussy’s Syrinx
A detailed guide to Syrinx that originally was published in The Instrumentalist, February 1976.
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First 30 Minutes:
Finding the Sound and Refining Technique
“As part of my low register warmup, I like to play and sing, working downward chromatically from the B natural in the staff, first singing, then playing and finally matching the pitch with my voice.”
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Ask the Pro:
Practice Motivation
“Understanding why you wish to skip a practice session could mean the difference between taking a necessary day off or starting down the slippery slope of developing a bad habit.”
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