Flute Talk

Articles September 2013

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Feature:
Vibrato from the Start
“Beginning notes without vibrato is a common bad habit for instrumentalists and vocalists alike....[Some flutists] mindlessly add the vibrato to the tone after starting the note, like spreading gray icing on cake, perhaps while trying to decide which shoes to wear in the recital.”
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Interview:
Where Legal Meets Musical, The Unexpected Path of Flutist Linda Mintener
“Both flute playing and practicing law take a certain aggressiveness. Standing up before a judge confidently to plead a case was not so different from what flutists do when they perform as they unravel difficult notes, rhythms, and phrasing to make sense of them and confidently and convincingly communicate the meaning to the audience.”
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The Teacher's Studio:
Sound Advice
“Unfortunately the sound the audience hears is quite different from what the flutist hears. When flutists learn what they actually project to an audience, they can figure out what to do to present their ideal sound.”
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Debost's Comments:
Tuning and Coloring Tone with Different Fingerings
“One of the most difficult orchestral excerpts I have ever played does not appear on the audition lists. It is the opening five bars of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.”
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Column:
The Best Lesson Ever: What You Do Is Good
“What makes a good lesson is the rapport, compatibility, and understanding between teacher and student. If there is no energy and concentration around learning music, even the best pairings seem to falter.”
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Personal Perspective:
Freshman Fear: Acing the Transition
Practical advice to help high school music students prepare for college.
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Let's Talk Picc:
I Have to Practice, But...
“Early practice is like insurance; the payoff in secure performance is there for you whenever you ask for it.”
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