Flute Talk

Articles December 2012

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Roundtable Discussion:
Five Professionals Share Practice Secrets
Every flutist has the same technical problems in the same passages in the music. How well the flutist solves the technical problems will determine the outcome of an audition or concert. Practice tips from five professional flutists will enhance your performance and teaching of technical finger twisters.
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History:
The Development of Flute Clubs in America, Part 2
This second article takes a look at five flute clubs around the country. “The Greater Portland Flute Society serves its flute community in several unusual ways. To provide flutists an opportunity to play the larger flutes, it owns a bass and an alto flute that are available for loan to members for a small daily charge.”
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Debost's Comments:
Plethora of Musicians
“As a teacher I was often called upon by parents to give an opinion about a young person’s chances in the music world. I used to be pretty sure of myself in my answers, until I realized that my diagnosis was often flawed.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Constructing a Curriculum
“Students who study with a teacher who has no curriculum run the risk of not getting through enough material during their formal studies.”
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Personal Perspective:
Back in the Flute Loop
After many years away from the flute, Roberts shares the struggles and successes of his return to the instrument. “There are still moments and even entire evenings of struggle and frustration as I strive to re-learn my old craft, but with a new, relaxed outlook, a nothing-to-lose attitude, and all the toys and tools for learning and entertainment available currently, I am, all in all, having a blast.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Lincolnshire Posy
“Grainger was one of the first composers to use flexible band scoring, allowing for differences in ensemble personnel.”
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