Flute Talk

Articles October 2012

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Interview:
Argentine Flutist, Claudio Barile
Claudio Barile, principal flute of the Buenos Aires Philharmonic, is active worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and masterclass teacher. “I really did not establish my own sound until years later, but even when I was young I knew what I wanted to change. I imagine I was thinking like Michelangelo, who said, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”
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Debost's Comments:
A Logical Approach to French Tonguing
“When French youngsters start the flute, one of the first things they learn is to tongue each slow attack as if they were spitting out a tea leaf or a fig seed. This is the basis of the tonguing we are talking about.”
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Performance Preparations:
From the Other Side of the Screen, Four Excerpts Revealed
“All too often an audition begins with a good concerto performance. The hopes of the committee are raised, only to be dashed with the excerpts as the candidate chooses inappropriate tempos, plays almost everything mf-f with the same tone color, and rushes through the excerpts in a show of shallow bravura.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Then and Now
“In many ways adults are ideal students because they know what they want, have the time and discipline to practice, money to support their passion, and rich life experiences to bring to the subject. They are playing because they love music and the flute.”
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Let's Talk Picc:
Piccolo on the Run, Playing in a Marching Band
“Because there is a great deal of movement while playing (even dance routines on the field are becoming more common), secure the instrument on the lower lip so that it does not move during the drill routine.”
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Personal Perspective:
Baseball and Music
As baseball fans eagerly await the World Series, discover how watching baseball might just improve your musical performance. Both music and baseball require strong fundamentals, concentration, knowledge, practice, talent, and moment-to-moment performance skills.
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