Flute Talk

Articles May 2020

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Miscellaneous:
From the Publishers
Update for May/June issue.
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The Teacher's Studio:
During the Pause
"If there is one thing that improves the sound and embouchure facility, it is practicing harmonics."
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First 30 Minutes:
The First Half Hour
"Remember that time is easily wasted, and exercises can be used either more, or less intelligently. One of the hardest things about starting practice every day is patience. Doing the slow work saves you time in the long run because less repetition is required. This is probably the greatest challenge of practicing."
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Flute Talk Classic:
The Secrets of Practicing
“Sometimes we practice to come to terms with our guilt. Often it is just to play the pieces we like. Always it is because we just low to blow the thing. The only place where mediocrity and slopping playing are inexcusable is in the practice room.”
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Flute Talk Classic:
Art and Folklore in the Compositions of Katherine Hoover
"Contemporary composers are all very hungry for performance opportunities. The limited number of performers who like to play new works are much like a life raft to keep composers’ hope afloat. The simple fact is that most composers do not welcome other composers aboard the raft.”
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Flute Talk Classic:
Conducting from the Flutist’s Chair
“Giving a good cue to an ensemble while trying to blow through a difficult passage can be somewhat akin to rubbing your tummy and patting your head.” (October 2007)
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Flute Talk Classic:
Dawn Carol by Margaret Lowe
Composer Margaret Lowe wrote Dawn Carol as a gift for Carol Knie­busch Noe and the James Madison University flute choir in Harrison­burg, Virginia and should be per­formed by many flutists scattered around the hall and among the audi­ence.
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Flute Talk Classic:
How to Get IT Back
Returning to flute playing after a lengthy break has been both challenging and rewarding. (January 2007)
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Flute Talk Classic:
The Kincaid Legacy
A student (and later colleague) of William Kincaid kept extensive lesson notes and revisited them years later to remind himself of the musical values and philosophies Kincaid inspired.
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Flute Talk Classic:
Julius Baker on Tone and Technique
Notes from a Masterclass.
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