Flute Talk

Articles April 2014

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From the Masters:
Have You Got the Moves: Leading in Chamber Music
"In spite of a common jovial bias among fellow musicians that flute players are show-offs, many of them do look to flutists for musical cues and tempo indications. It may pain them to admit it, but in the heat of the moment in a chamber music setting, all eyes go to the flute player."
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Interview:
A Conversation with János Bálint
“Before I met Nicolet, many flutists asked if I were a student of Nicolet. When I met him for the first time, I told him this and asked if he would give me a lesson so I could say I had indeed studied with Nicolet. He laughed and said, “Ok, you can come. We can play duos a little bit and drink some wine, but forget the lesson as you do not need it.” I think it was the biggest compliment I have ever received.”
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Feature:
How to Start and Maintain An Adult Flute Ensemble
“Another point to consider in choosing the size of the ensemble will be whether you wish to start a group that primarily plays paid jobs or is a concert ensemble. If you wish to chiefly play jobs, then scheduling will be easier with a fewer number of flutists involved.”
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Technique:
Clarity and Articulation: Clearing Up Common Misconceptions
“The terminology used to identify the start of a note made with the tongue is somewhat misleading. Though it is often called an attack, it is in essence, a release.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Preparing Young Students for Performance Success
“How beginning students feel during and after a first recital experience will have a direct effect on how they perform in future concerts. Unfortunately many teachers do not prepare novice flutists for a recital as well as they would prepare university students.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Embouchure Tips for Flexibility and Endurance
“It always helps to place the piccolo slightly higher on the lower lip than basic flute placement due to the smaller size of the instrument.”
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Obituary:
Sandra Leah Seefeld (1945-2014)

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