Flute Talk

Articles November 2014

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Interview:
Performer and Teacher: An Interview with Aldo Baerten
“In an orchestra, a flutist must blend and adapt. In a chamber ensemble, the flutist still blends and adapts, but less so. In the soloist’s role, you are the boss.”
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Analysis:
Teaching Andersen’s 24 Etudes, Op. 33, With Ideas from Harold Bennett
“Andersen etudes were the cornerstone of Harold Bennett’s teaching. He believed that every serious flute student should study Opuses 33, 30, 15 and 63. Opus 33 is the foundation, as each etude is short, concise, and can be repeated in many different ways.”
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Directory:
Directory of Competitions (2014-2015)
Flute Talk’s annual list of upcoming competitions. Information about upcoming final rounds is also included for events past their application deadlines for this year.
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Advice for Students:
So How’s It Going
“Think about how you and your teacher are getting along. Have you given his or her suggestions an honest try, or are you pushing back, not wanting to change?”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Joys of A Major
“The key of A major also offers challenging intonation issues. First, look at the A major triad. The A on most flutes is slightly flat, the third space C# is sharp, while the C# above the staff can be slightly flat. The dominant E can sound dull and flat in the second octave but sharp in the third.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Let’s Talk Picc, Exploring Tone Color on Piccolo
“Tone color is one of the most useful expressive tools available to flutists. However, the piccolo’s small size sometimes leads flutists to believe its color palette is more limited.”
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