Flute Talk

Articles December 2014

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Interview:
A Conversation with Mary Kay Fink
“Some might disdainfully call me a teacher hopper, but I feel so fortunate to have had such a variety of mentors and a wealth of inspiration. As a teacher now, I often quote them or share a story from a specific lesson from my past.”
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Analysis:
Surviving The Nutcracker
“Typically, students do not study excerpts from the ballet, as it rarely shows up on orchestral audition lists and is absent from most orchestral excerpt books. Many symphonic musicians have little experience with the full ballet.”
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Practicing:
Now Play It Again A Half-Step Down
“Music is made from intervals, not individual notes. When you practice a piece in a different key, you are developing and internalizing an understanding of the intervals of that piece, and thinking less about notes or the mechanics involved to play the music.”
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Personal Perspective:
Starting Over
“Start simply. Realize that you are a beginner again; but a beginner who has the advantage of knowing that time and practice will produce results.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
A New Year's Resolution
“What if we could make a resolution as a flute community to come together to solve one of the most important issues facing the school-aged flutist: how to stand and play the flute in a marching band.”
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Flute Clinic:
Challenges of Playing Multiple Flutes
“When switching instruments, there can be an odd feeling in the arms and fingers when holding the new larger or smaller instrument. For example, when switching from bass to C flute, the C flute can feel like a toy.”
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