Flute Talk

Articles January 2011

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Interview:
Making the Switch to Piccolo Seem Easy, An Interview with Sarah Jackson
“A good breath is like a silver tray carrying your sound all the way to the back of the hall. We need to take just as large a breath on the piccolo as we do on the flute, even if we don’t need the air.”
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Preventing Injuries:
Physical Problems from Marching
“With the spine and rib cage pulled so far from their normal position asymmetrically, you can see why flutists develop back soreness and fatigue.”
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Teaching:
Michel Debosts Scale Game with revisions
“After getting the hang of each Style Drill, you will be able to make it through the entire 60 scales (24 keys + 6 octave transpositions x 2 = 60) in 30 minutes.”
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Teaching:
Beyond the Realm of Major and Minor
“The acoustic scale is derived from the overtone series. If you take a major scale and raise the fourth and lower the seventh notes, you have the acoustic scale pattern.”
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Personal Perspective:
The Tale of the Nine-Fingered Flutist
When faced with an injury, “rather than giving up or putting the instrument away, decide what aspects of flute playing you are able to work on and develop a plan that will make it happen.”
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Debost's Comments:
Preparing and Thinking Ahead
“Anticipation and preparation can create better music making, in slow and fast movements. It is not always a bad idea to use one’s head.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Stick The Landing
“Most flutists err on the side of not keeping the air stream moving when playing softly in the third octave. Choose a spot on the opposite side of the room from where you are standing and think about sending the air to that spot as if you were aiming for a target.”
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