Flute Talk

Articles November 2011

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Interview:
A Professor's Life, An Interview with George Pope
“It is so easy for students to listen to music today; but often they take the easiest route by watching a video online. When questioned about the performance, they usually don’t know who the performer was. When I was a student, I listened to records all the time. Someone could drop the needle on a record, and I would immediately have an informed idea of who the player was or what orchestra was playing."
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Competitions:
Preparing To Win A Guide to Competition Success
“My teacher, Linda Chesis, advised me to record pieces when I was at the height of my preparation, instead of waiting until I needed a recording for a deadline.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
The Complete Part
“Before students can play difficult excerpts, they should learn to count accurately and play in a steady rhythm with the appropriate tone and dynamics. Duets are an excellent way to practice these concepts.”
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From the Principal's Chair:
Supportive Advice
“I think the flute only has two registers. The high register starts above the staff, and the low starts in the staff – end of story. In the high register flutists need more air pressure, and in the low they need less.”
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Column:
Wyatt Writes: Lessons from the Past
“Before students can play difficult excerpts, they should learn to count accurately and play in a steady rhythm with the appropriate tone and dynamics. Duets are an excellent way to practice these concepts. ”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Beethoven’s Mighty Ninth Symphony
“There are many loud sections where the piccoloist can double the parts at the octave on piccolo to stay warmed up and in tune with the orchestra.”
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Online Exclusive:
College Syllabus by George Pope
George Pope's Expanded Flute Syllabus
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