Trevor Wye Practice Book

If there is any author and flutist, who has accompanied my growth flute wise speaking, and is still with me in the professional flutist world, it is Trevor Wye. Over and over I get back to the Trevor Wye practice book, from the beginning for my students, to the daily practice for pros.

 

Trevor Wye Practice Books for beginners and pros


PRO: They help prepare auditions and competitions as they also cover nerve control and relaxation.

BEGINNER: If you are just starting out this article will help you as well, Trevor Wye practice books cover all stages of a flutist’s life.

PICCOLO: It also helps the aspiring to professional piccolo player put in the right steps.

But more on that ———————> HERE.

 

Why go with Trevor Wye?


Trevor Wye has an easy and friendly way of explaining technical difficulties.

Like no other he is able to cut them down to little digestible bits and pieces.

While you are having fun, you learn. Not just with any melodies. Right from the start we are introduced to important repertoire and can accompany our studies with listening to the expert orchestras or musicians playing them. As a result, this is very motivating and inspiring.

Trevor Wye Practice BookHis exercises are mostly from the great flute teachers like Moyse, Gaubert and Taffanel, Reichert, Boehm etc

But they are broken down to tiny pieces, so that you do not need to be an expert flutist to improve your technical skills and sound quality right from the start. It is so much appreciated by my students, that as they grow and learn they will come across the original studies and they are already acquainted and not worried.

However, if you still need to choose your first flute,

this article might help you out —————> CHOOSE A FLUTE FOR STARTERS

 

Trevor Wye Practice Book for beginners Vol. 1 and 2


Those two volumes start from scratch. You need not know reading music. It explains everything by starting to play. As a result you will apprehend note by note, rhythmic values, fingering. Meanwhile, and very quickly you will be able to play Duets with your teacher or other students, which is a lot of fun. Likewise, you will learn about articulation using famous melodies and fun little exercises.

Trevor Wye divides his pages in Duets or Solo music pieces with the exercises needed to prepare them at best. Introduction to tonalities, step by step. Never overwhelming and in a good mixture of technical exercises and beautiful melodies, you start playing the flute before you know it!

Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 1

In the first volume you will be introduced to the first four sharp alterations and four flats and the corresponding minor and major scales. Exercises are no longer than 8 bars, so nothing to be scared of!

You will learn about dynamics from piano to forte and use them playfully.

 

 

Beginner’s Book for the Flute – Part One

 

  • Introduction to posture, embouchure and sound production
  • fingering and music reading
  • First Major and minor scales (four flats, four sharps)
  • Low to middle register, the G’ ‘ in the second octave being the highest
  • Introduction to sound quality exercises (mini Moyse course)
  • Introduction to phrasing and articulation (staccato and legato)
  • Values from a whole to eights notes
  • Duets with teacher and other pupils
  • 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2
  • Flute history glimpses
  • traditional melodies from all over the world, lullabies, dances, Christmas Carols, national anthems, round canons

 

Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 2

In the second volume starts with enharmonic alterations, telling you the alternative (enharmonic) names of the same notes you already know. This introduces you to a chromatic scale conception. It means that you put together all the notes you know in a row, with a distance of a semitone between them. For example, if you have a piano it would be playing all the keys in a row, including the black ones in between the white ones.

 

 

A Beginner’s Book for the Flute Part 2 by Trevor Wye (2000-01-01)

 

  • Chromatic scales first and second octave including F’ ‘ (second octave)
  • alterations up to 6 sharps
  • fingering and sound production up to C’ ‘ ‘ ‘ (highest C on the flute)
  • 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
  • Note value of 1/16
  • Duets with teacher and other students
  • fun melodies and rhythms like Milonga
  • Important repertoire composers like Schumann, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Quantz

 

For both volumes together there is a piano accompaniment book as well.

 

This makes it so much more fun to play together. You will be surrounded and sustained by piano chords and melodies. They also make the little pieces suitable for a small concert! Hope your teacher or friends play the piano. The most fun thing I see with my students is when they play together and I accompany them with the piano. Be sure to try it out!

 

A Beginner’s Book for the Flute: Piano Accompaniments Parts 1 And 2

 

 

Trevor Wye Daily Practice Books Volumes 1-6


Those precious practice books accompany a flutist for a lifetime. They are not to be followed through chronologically, but offer a wide range of exercises and tips tackling the most prominent problems of flute playing. It gives valuable advice on how to practice them and is divided into practical parts. This way whenever you face a problem, you can find the exact solution. This flute practice dictionary and guide book collection should be on every flutist’s shelf.

 

1. Sound quality

Practice Book For The Flute Book 1 Tone (book/cd)

This practice book is divided into different chapters, according to what you wish to achieve. Starting with over all sound quality exercises for all three octaves, it addresses the most problematic notes singularly (like E’ ‘ ‘and F sharp’ ‘ ‘). Subsequently, it discusses timbre, color, breathing, flexibility and intonation very profoundly and gives a lot of examples.

 

2. Technique


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 2: Book 2 – Technique (Book Only)
Using Gaubert and Taffanel Scales this practice book tackles all technical issues and proposes regular training for optimal progression. Many Exercises are accompanied by problem explanations and how to overcome them. It is about scales and forces you to address the most difficult parts over and over again. Moreover, it also offers ways to relax afterwards and make the most of the exercises. Technical problems like thrills all over three octaves are addressed as well. Arpeggios, sequences and difficult jumps will lead you to the most complicated parts in examples from orchestral excerpts. (e.g. Shostakovitch and R. Strauss)

 

3. Articulation


Practice Book 3 for the Flute: Articulation
You will learn about legato, phrasing, single, double and triple staccato. As you go along, famous orchestral excerpts are presented to you. This way you study for real life! In fact, it also contains a chapter about keeping your nerves from sabotaging your performance.

 

4. Intonation and Vibrato


Practice Book For The Flute Book 4 Intonation And Vibrato

One of the most effective study books of them all is the one about intonation and vibrato. Those two are the first things we notice in a flutist and should be tackled right from the start. Even for professionals this book has interesting advice on famous orchestral literature, where it is most important to control and adjust those two aspects.(e.g. Bolero, Scheherazade….)

 

5. Breathing and expressive scales


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 5 – Breathing & Scales
A special about breathing and musical phrasing. It is so important to play aligned with your natural and trained breathing. It adds expression and helps to convey interpretation. Using it properly will get your audience addicted to those musical magical moments. But it is no magic, it is breathing technique used on scales and arpeggios with expression. This book also addresses improvising and playing by heart.

 

6. For advanced flutists


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 6 – Advanced Practice

Dedicated to Geoffrey Gilbert, an English flutist influenced by French colorful and flexible style. It is like a review of what you have achieved on the flute and how to take it to the next level. It tackles every aspect and common questions like warming up, playing piano and pianissimo, alternative fingering and the fourth octave. A wonderful guide to high level awareness in flute playing.

On the other hand, you might be looking for saving a lot of money with the omnibus edition you can find clicking on the image below!

Trevor Wye – Practice Book for the Flute – Omnibus Edition Books 1-6

How to use Trevor Wye Practice Book


In addition to the practice books, still different editors offer a guidebook on how to use them. I can only strongly advise to try it out, as it closes the gab from student to professionalism. Therefore, it can help in the most frequent situations for an expert flutist, like auditions, competitions, concerts and as a teacher.

It focuses more on how to actually practice, as the exercises are in the other books. A very useful guide to effective studying and making the most of it. With this guide you can create your very own practice routine, remaining flexible and open. As a result, you will be able to adjust your practice strategy according to different situations in your flute life.

Proper Flute Playing (Practice Books for the Flute)

 

Furthermore, the posture and gesture check-up is also very helpful. Verifying your attitude to the flute will maximize your efforts. It addresses all important aspects

of a professional flutist and will round up your practice library!

In addition to that and to complete your flutist existence, try out the Piccolo as well. There are some interesting insights in this guide book and more about piccolo flutes and practice on our website if you go to piccolo practice specials.

 

———————> Piccolo reviews and books

Trevor Wye’s Practice books


In conclusion, Trevor Wye Practice Books are a must have on the shelf of every flutist, regardless of the level of playing. It is very beneficial to tackle single situations and technical challenges singularly and without stress.

Learning how to play the flute on an advanced level is no black whole.

 

Trevor Wye Practice BookTrevor Wye’s practice books cover all aspects and just having them in your library can help you feel less overwhelmed and calmer.

You can do it! You can learn anything.

Train your ear and have fun, relax and enjoy!

 

 

The flute is one of the most wonderful and rewarding musical instruments that exist,

Yours sincerely,

 

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Andrea Bocelli drinking Illy coffee

Piccolo Flute Reviews – Piccolos For Starters

So you have decided to give the little flute brother a go and even enhance your future flute career by knowing your way around the piccolo as well. This is awesome and in addition will help you also with your flute playing! But where to start? You need some Piccolo Flute Reviews and get to know about Piccolos For Starters.

 

Piccolos For Starters


If you are just starting out with playing the piccolo but know how to play the flute, you have come to the perfect place.

The Piccolo embouchure is smaller and reacts much faster to any change in air stream than the flute. You will learn about your air flow as you have instant feedback. If the air is not coming out at the right speed, pressure or angle, no sound will be created. Every intention, dynamical or directional will have to be very conscious and well-accompanied. That is why studying the piccolo is an asset to your flutist’s skills as well.

It is also much easier to disturb ” the peace” of a musical performance with a piccolo than a flute. So if you are not very sure about what you are doing, you will feel embarrassed. No easy way to say it.

But this difficulty actually hides high potential to making the step to a higher level in you musicianship.

Check out our piccolo practice specials and feel free to ask any question in the comment section below!

Learn how to play the little flute

Piccolo practice tips

Tuning a piccolo for orchestral practice

 

Piccolo Flute Reviews
– 3 Piccolos for Beginners


But what you are really interested in is which piccolo flute to start with. Before we do that we need to clarify some of the terms that describe the properties of a piccolo.

A traditional headjoint requires a very flexible embouchure. But there are ways to assist you. Especially the new reform
 headjoint with the wave cut. It helps center the tone, because it makes it very hard to blow your airstream anywhere else. I love the freedom of a traditional headjoint though.

Most piccolos are of conical shape and made from Grenadilla wood. Do not purchase the metal ones, not even metal head joint.

This glossary is very helpful in understanding the specifics of most flutes and piccolos. ————> Glossary

So here are my reviews of the most advisable Piccolos For Starters, but on the professional side.

We advvise strongly to go with the first option!

By clicking on the name you will be linked to the best selling option.

1)Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Piccolo With Standard Headjoint

 

 

  • best intonation
  • rich tone and harmonics
  • easy to center airstream even on non wave headjoints
  • conical shape
  • grenadille wood
  • silverplated keys
  • Split E Mechanism

2) Pearl PFP-165E Series Piccolo with Grenadilla Headjoint

 

  • reliable sound production
  • Synthetic Pads
  • Grenadilla High Wave Head joint, and Grenaditte Body
  • Pointed cup arms
  • Split E Mechanism
  • Includes Case and padded case cover

3) Gemeinhardt 4P Composite Piccolo


  • Silver-plated keys
  • Conical bore
  • Soldered tone holes

Only the first one is completely made of Grenadille Wood. The second one is mixed and the last one is only composite.

Those are the piccolos we advice to buy on the way to professionalism. Especially Yamaha. Second steps would be Burkhart, Keefe etc, but those are only of value when you go very serious on the little flute!

You can win any competition with Yamaha o Pearl.

The best piccolo practice book on your way to professionalism is by Trevor Wye and deals with orchestral excerpts right away.

Practice Book for the Piccolo

But you cannot start or become anyone on the piccolo without the following method! This method by my teacher, the solo piccoloist of the Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, includes every possible hack to master all the tecnical challenges a piccolo flute could possible make you address.

 

By Nicola Mazzanti – The Mazzanti Method, Daily Exercises for Piccolo (2014-06-30) [Sheet music]

How to choose a Piccolo?


If you have never played the flute you should choose a wave head joint and a Yamaha Piccolo as they are very stable in intonation.

But if you come from the flute and have a very flexible embouchure, great difference in dynamics and differentiation in phrasing you should go with the old embouchure. Your lips will be able to control a wider range of timbre possibilities.

You should opt for this solution:

Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Piccolo With Standard Headjoint

It is more difficult in the beginning but pays off in the end.

 

Is learning to play the Piccolo hard?


Learning to play the piccolo is not hard if you are willing to put in the work. It is very satisfying even as it gives an instant feedback on how your air stream and support are doing. You might want to have a look at professional ear plugs though if you are going to study consistently.

————————————————–> Professional ear plugs

I advise you strongly to equip yourself with!

You might also want to invest into a tuner and a metronome that work best with piccolos and flutes in general:

—————————————————-> flute tuner

 

—————————————————-> metronomes

 

Playing the piccolo is a lot of fun. Especially with the right guidance. If my three articles

Learn how to play the little flute

Piccolo practice tips

Tuning a piccolo for orchestral practice

do not suffice there is this wonderful practice book Trevor Wye has published.

Practice Book for the Piccolo

He is a well-known flutist and flute teacher and has published nearly every practice book used today in the flute world. This practice book is for flutists wishing to extend their expertise to piccolo playing. It teaches you with orchestral excerpts, so very close to the actual world where you would need to use this instrument and also very interesting and practical.

Check it out, it is not the first time I have been asked to prepare an excerpt for an audition based on this textbook (last time for principal piccolo in Gran Canaria). I use it to have a more fun practice in between concerts and auditions as well.

 

 

Piccolo Flutes are very affordable


It goes without saying that a piccolo flute of a professional level is much more affordable than a professional flute. My flute for playing in a symphony orchestra is a 10 K Powell, which I love for its harmonics that mix well with Italian/French Clarinets and the Oboe. Also, because the 1st flute has a 24 K Brennan.

When I perform as a soloist with the orchestra I use the all silver Powell flute I inherited from my mother. It has a Brennan head joint and thinner b foot. No one in my family remembers why. It has a brilliant sound but needs a lot of intonation adjustment.

In chamber music I usually use the Gold Powell flute, it is less dominant and linking much better to other timbres.

With the piccolo it is a little different.

The flute I inherited from my mother is an old Philipp Hammig, from East Germany, when the wall was still up. It has a beautiful sound and is very difficult to tune in itself but once you understand it, it is the perfect chamber music sound. And also if you are a soloist for a few seconds in a symphony orchestra and every one else is quiet.

But if you need to be heard over the full rage of all orchestral registers you need a different kind of piccolo I do not yet have.

In the orchestra I have always used my Hammig, even though conductors have often asked me to play louder (like Beethoven 5th in the last movement or in the Verdi Requiem), but in Tchaikovsky or Shostakovich the volume and sound projection was perfect. As well in “Elisir d’Amore” by Donizetti or “Traviata” by Verdi. It mixed will with the first flute using a Brennan Piccolo. The audience’s comment was “you played like one” after the “balletto”.

They told us, that we sounded like one!!

Which is a compliment for two piccolos at unisono …..

Le Zingarelle

Posted by Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto on Monday, July 29, 2019

This is a live from a performance in Summer 2019 with the Orchestra Città di Grosseto, Tuscany in Grosseto.

For more present and brilliant piccolo sound I was advised to book a Braun piccolo. But they only come made for you and you cannot try them out first. I haven’t done that yet, but I would love to.

 

Piccolo Flutes add value to you being a flutist


When I studied the piccolo, I was told by many of my so called friends and colleagues “you are doing well, because you will never be a 1st flute, so it is much better you prepare for 2nd and piccolo”.

I was mad at them. But they might have had a point. I got my job because I also did a one-year Master of II Level Degree of Piccolo Playing at the Conservatory of Milan. This prepared me for playing the piccolo in a symphony orchestra.

Much of the advice I give here and that I have given in former articles actually comes from this very intensive year I spent in Milan, studying with Italy’s most famous piccoloist, solo piccolo from the Maggio Fiorentino, Orchestra of Florence. We also had a stage there, which was awesome. I was able to play “Tosca” by Puccini and learn so much.

Such a wonderful teacher and valuable method!

Click on the image for more information.

By Nicola Mazzanti – The Mazzanti Method, Daily Exercises for Piccolo (2014-06-30) [Sheet music]

 

I will never forget those years. Especially as I heard my professor play the flute in a chamber music concert in Tuscany.

 

It instantly became clear to me, how all his teachings made him the wonderful and superior flutist he is. Don’t forget the true Italian Coffee to really interpret an Italian piece of music!

If you are interested in any of this, go Illy and create little Italy at home!

Also, please let me know in the comment section below. I will be more than happy to help you out further and in much more detail,

Janie

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Italian Moka Coffee Maker- Best Italian Coffee Beans

I admit it, I am German by birth. But hey, I can tell a good espresso from a not so good one! Since 2001 I have had the privilege to study and live, later work in Italy. As a complete zombie without my quality coffee, I can assure you, I know! I need an Italian Moka Coffee Maker with me at all times.

Even Andrea Bocelli, famous Italian Tenor, loves the best Italian Coffee!

Have a look ——>HERE.

If you love espresso, this article is for you!

Filter coffee drinkers do not know how much they are hurting their stomachs, as the filter also blocks the fatty parts of the coffee bean, that would protect your stomach and intestine. Espresso has everything, protection and taste!

If you’d like to know more about coffee as a means of beauty read my article

——————-> HERE.

Best Italian Coffee Beans


 

O well, Italians know how to make their coffee and how to drink it. It is a sacred ritual and has to follow strict rules. Those traditions are jealously given on from generation to generation. The secrets are kept in the families and taken to the tomb when there are no heirs.

illy Ground Espresso Medium Roast Coffee

But as a blond German girl I was able to get a glimpse behind the scenes of after lunch and dinner coffee making. Fortunately, Italian future mother in laws, love blond German girls and let their guard down. So I was introduced to the secrets of Italian coffee making.

Even if it was for the sole purpose of making their sons happy!

As a wonderful byproduct, I made myself happy too, in coffee heaven. With boyfriends from central and south Italy, I learned very quickly which are the best Italian Coffee Beans: Let me reveal this gourmet secret to you: It is Illy coffee. Fewer pesticides than any other non organic coffee. 100% Arabic from 9 different countries in the world, those handpicked beans preserve the aromatic qualities.

sustainable qualityNot only that, Illy cares about sustainable quality, which includes quality of life for the workers. They have chosen to follow the highest ethics. Which is why I drank it a lot in left-wing, and academic environment. But also at the home of every one else, dedicated to good quality coffee.

You can find out for yourself by clicking the following link

 

———————–> Illy Sustainable Coffee Culture

 

 

Italian Moka Coffee Maker


 

So what about those traditional secrets to coffee making at home?

In Italy, we use this little thing called Moka. And it is still preferred to capsules and other machines. To get an idea, here is the link to find pictures and get an idea!

Illy Caffe US Homepage

illy Alessi Pulcina 1 Cup Moka Pot - Red

Well, they are also where your personal coffee making style and secrets come through.

So let me reveal them to you

Never ever wash the Moka with soap, or anything but water. Do not scrub off the coffee rests or coloring in the inside. Only through time does the Moka acquire real Italian coffee making taste. So just water, no scrubbing!

Then you need to fill it up only until under the pressure valve. Do not cover it or, god forbid, surpass it! The valve is for steam only, no water, not even close. The water needs to be low calcium, tab water is good, if you are not living where there is a lot of chalk in the water. COLD WATER! Heaven sees you! No warm water. It will alter the taste of the coffee.

Do not fill it up with coffee, 2/3s is enough. Do not flatten it. Put the gas (or whatever you use) on low. Very low. You wouldn’t want to destroy the taste by shocking the beans with heat. The more time the water spends running through, the better the taste.

 

How to make your true Italian coffee at home


And the instructions go on:

After it came through and it starts to make some noise (air coming
through with coffee), turn off the gas, but do not touch it. This is a
sacred moment. Let the last pearls of coffee gather with the crowd and
wait for it. When you do not hear anything anymore, you can serve the
coffee, slowly. Do not use sugar or milk.

Taste it as it is and enjoy!

Illy Caffe US Homepage

coffee becomes music!!!

Now,
for the experts, whenever the coffee is ready, the first part, which
spent less time with the beans, has less caffeine. So if you have
someone who needs to limit the intake of caffeine, this is the perfect
time to serve the first cup without mixing.

If you are all lovers
and just wish to enjoy the best coffee ever, mix with a spoon in the
Moka first. This way the Italian Moka Coffee Maker will give you the
best exquisite experience!

Espresso machines or Italian Moka


In Italy, we love our Mokas. Forget George Clooney, he has a house in the very north, near Switzerland. We will defend our Mokas and go on with the true tradition till the end!! With a Moka, it is less strong and with more Aroma, as it takes longer to go through.

illy X1 iperEspresso Anniversary 1935 Machine - Red

At the bar, trust only when they have the long handles to put down to attach the coffee to the steam. And when they serve Illy. They tell you outside already.

So what about those machines and capsules. Well, if you love them.

Go Illy, anyway! It is much healthier and more stylish.

You can also have a look at the Illy art collections, cups and plates, machines as well.

 

ILLY ITALIAN ART OF LIFE

illy illy Art Collection 25th Anniversary Can Dark Roast Ground Espresso

Well, if you do not have the surrounding family to chat while waiting and preparing and you are on a tight schedule, at least make sure your espresso machines are Illy.

Have a look at the wonderful offers for a truly Italian life style and coffee —————————> HERE

 

 

With coffee, trust the Italians!


And trust Andrea Bocelli!

Why wouldn’t you? There is so much music in a good cup of coffee, that you can here him sing!

Especially when you study Italian music, you’d need to get tuned into the true life style and quality!

Very well, you know why I drink Illy, why most of Italian musicians do and also many mothers-in-law!!!

Coffee is one of the finest things in life, and we all should pay the utmost attention at with whom we share those sacred moments and secrets.

Let me know, what you think and experienced and why you chose Illy!

If you like our input, please share this article in the social media world with the buttons below,

Have a fantastic coffee, life and stay happy!

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Famous Italian Tenor drinks Illy

 

How to present a concert program

When we study in Conservatory, University or Music Schools we learn a lot about classical music. About phrasing, articulation, embellishments and the author and his time. We practice and practice and write a thesis for the ears of academics. What we don’t learn is how to present a concert program to an everyday audience.

how to present a concert programHow to choose a concert program


As long as we are not playing in period specific festivals, we can choose our program freely. It will have to be a compromise between rewarding and satisfying repertoire in line with our studies and years of practice, but also with the audience’s world.
There is a huge gap between everyday life’s music and so called classical music. This is actually not bad, it can bring us closer to the audience if we handle it well. This situation offers us the possibility to talk to the public and engage.

So we should chose a program with a story. A story we can tell. I usually prefer to have a first part with flute repertoire that is relevant to me and my life and a second part with music that the audience has most likely heard somewhere and can relate to.

 

How to present a concert program


At the very beginning of a concert, the audience expects professional distant behaviour and high level performance. So you How to choose a concert programdeliver. Play your first piece without much talking and make sure you are at your best.

Now that you have presented what they paid for, you can surprise them and allow them to also have a good time. I usually tell them about this first piece and why I chose it. Something very personal is best. You can then present the audience with some kind of struggle you had to overcome and introduce your second piece.

It will become like theater, in a good way. Your concert will have different acts and heroes, anti-heroes and a cathartic moment that will make the audience feel better with themselves. And at this point you can indulge with music that matters to them.

So the second piece can be dramatic, involving and a struggle. Then you can tell the audience how you managed to go on, why you chose the third composer and offer some insight into the music periods and how it relates to you. End with something soothing and light.

Now it is time to engage with music they know, like soundtracks from famous movies or transcriptions of famous songs. They already love it so you can feed them with some information they didn’t know about it. This makes it all the more interesting.

 

A recent example
of how to choose and present a concert program


We were asked to give a concert of film music, soundtracks and the like. So we did the opposite. We, that is my woodwind quintet, introduced the concert with something from our repertoire to satisfy our own taste and practice and also gave repertoire music as encores.

But in the end we had the same scheme. We presented us and our professional whereabouts and where we met. So people got a good idea of who they were listening to. The first piece in three movements was introduced after we had played it. So we got a good pause to catch breath and also the audience had time to wish for more. Then the fun part started, introducing all the different movies and their soundtracks and composers.

Quintet wrong instruments
There are 5 mistakes in this picture!

As we split the presentation spontaneously we also introduced one another as persons with flaws and all. We could see smiles and happy comments. Making fun of yourself in a professional way is totally engaging to the audience. When they here everyone talk, they listen with deeper intent to our musical voices and you can feel the participation rise immediately.

We also asked questions, whether they knew the movie, actor or composer. I outed myself as not much of an action movie fan. It was OK, because when you play you are professional and deliver high level performance. If you can be human and flawed at the same time, it brings you closer.

Try to speak to the audience as if they were friends. They are not the enemy, neither an exam jury. They are there to experience live music on a deeper level.

 

How we chose to present it


So we chose to set the level first, giving a high level performance of a repertoire piece and explain it very seriously afterwards. Then we smiled. ” But you came to listen to film music!” and let someone else explain.

And after that we started to make fun of us musicians, letting everyone speak, make mistakes and correct. Often the audience knows even better and when they can get involved they are more satisfied with the performance.

We also chose to add some more pieces not written in the program and let the audience guess. They paid more attention and talked to one another as well.

We can try that out immediately. Are you still with me? Which movie is the following soundtrack from?

SOUNDTRACK 1

It was recorded by a smartphone, front row, close to the clarinet. I mention this just to excuse us for the sound quality.

Here is another one, just to try you out!

SOUNDTRACK 2

Too close to us, so the timbres didn’t mix well and the acoustics did the rest.

If you are interested in sound editing, you can read more about it in my other article ——————-> here.

If you are ready I will present two other famous soundtracks here. Let’s see if you know which movies they were written for!

SOUNDTRACK 3

 

SOUNDTRACK 4

 

You will need a good friendly and functioning music group. The audience can feel and appreciate it.

Be sure to apply the general rules of making music together ———————-> click here to read more.

If you don’t have one already you can read another short article of mine about two ideas to create one—————–> here.

Whatever you choose, engage!


Whenever you deliver high quality but can close the gap to the public by becoming more human and friend like, you will earn great success. No need to distance yourself. Your music says it all, you are worth listening to. But if you can also add a story a brand in evolution to it all, you will be loved! Make your audience live through some real life experience with you and explain the choice of your program in a personal and informative way at the same time.

People wish to be taught without realizing it.

The more they feel you as a friend the more they will

Woodwind Quintet
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assimilate the information, because they can identify with your story and feel with you. We can only learn when we can relate. We will also listen in a much more profound and participating way, which makes it easier for the performer to communicate.

Have you ever experienced when you played and the audience was there with you? Every breath, every ritardando and rubato? When heartbeats align and brain frequencies add up and the whole room becomes one living creature? This is the experience we all long for.

Nowadays classical music has become too much of a niche and elite, it is not self explaining anymore. Help your audience come to you and meet them half-way.

If you know the matching movies to the soundtracks, please let me know in the comment section below!

You will be delivered a bonus question. Answering that one right as well, you will win the sheet music to our latest medley from Duo Fantasie, which I have personally written.

So don’t hesitate, try your fortune and knowledge!

Best wishes and luck,

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How to get back in shape fast

The holidays are over and you might have had some concerts in the beginning, then you decided to take a healthy break from the flute. But now you have to be back on track and fast! This article wishes to help you out with how to get back in shape fast.

how to get back in shape fastDon’t be too hard on yourself!

I know, we hate the first sound we make after a break and start over analyzing and guilt shaming for having been on a break.

The sound is not centered and we have little support. We feel limited in every aspect of flute playing and look for all the things we were able to do just a week ago, then effortlessly. We are our own biggest critics and also obstacles to getting back into shape quickly.

 

But have you ever thought that maybe this is an opportunity?

There are technical aspects for every flutist which were hard even when we were in shape. But that could be because we were not flexible enough to tackle them.

Now we can start doing just that and in no time playing even better than before.

 

Take it Easy and Enjoy!

Don’t try to make a perfectly centered piano sound in the beginning. Start with all the air you can proba

flute practice tips

bly exhale together for a longer time and open the lip whole. Don’t try to center the sound right away. Play with an open mezzo forte sound. Just the joy of getting back to playing the flute.

Express joy and openness with you sound, and play whatever melody comes to your mind or fingers. Long legato phrasings. Start with the lower octave. Try to enjoy that you can find a new and better focus later on, but now you can do exactly what you couldn’t before. Relax and push warm and round sounds to the limit of sound production.

Fountain of Air

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Do not attempt to play for hours. In fact take breaks, they are the most important part of getting back in shape fast. If you overload your muscles, they will find a way around the fatigue and adopt less than optimal posture, gesture and airflow. You will get used to it and we have to avoid that.

In my personal experience, chunks of 20min are the best in the beginning. Take a pause every 20min or so. However long you need to feel fit again. Do not play when you feel tired!

Concentrate on focused tension and relaxation. Use only the muscles that help you produce and manipulate the sound. The others should not be in strain.

A good feeling is what my professor told me: imagine a fountain, the water rises under pressure on the inside (air stream) and flows freely on the outside of your body (arms, shoulders and legs). I added to complete this picture for a more precise breathing technique, that the pressure we apply is not upward, but downward. It is the air that wants to come up and we increase the pressure by holding it down.

 

 

 

7 Exercises to get back in shape fast


So what should you actually play and study after a break?

  1. You should start with long notes, lower octave. A good exercise is Marcel Moyse’s “De La Sonorité”. It consists in long legato sounds of the chromatic scale downwards. Use no or little vibrato and anticipate the sound. When you can imagine it, your body can produce it. Add the joy of being able to play again to your imagination and your sound quality will have improved, even after the break! If you have never looked at this cornerstone of flute education, you have to click —————————————————-> here.
    vibrato flute technique
  2. Now you can address the middle octave and add some dynamics. Especially pppp on the same note. In this case start piano but still secure, add vibrato in small amplitudes and enlarge them with the crescendo. Let the air flow continuously and stay relaxed. Play with a lot of resonance (open inner cavities, without rigidity). Re-evaluate your diaphragmatic breathing technique and read more about it —–> here.
  3. Remember to take a break, those exercises are exhausting when done well. What should you do during a break? Anything else, but playing the flute. Very useful would be some stretching exercises. You can read more about them —–> here. Now we are ready to regain security in all registers of the flute. One of the best exercises to do that is still by Marcel Moyse in his “Daily Exercises for the flute”. It uses still the chromatic scale through all intervals in all registers. Try to play them with a calm but steady pulse. Your breath reaching where ever possible. Remember the feeling of inhaling when you are exhaling. Play the scales while imagining inhaling. This provokes an undisturbed homogeneous flow of air which comes with a surprising ease.
    flute vibrato technique
  4. Now you should take a longer break. You could add some muscle training to the afore mentioned stretching. To find out more, continue reading ——> here. We will be getting into tonalities and all diatonic scales, major and minor. A very useful exercise is M.A. Reichert “7 Daily Exercises for the flute” number 1. I learned it by heart and play it to warm up without the previous preparation when I am in shape. Sing when you play. Always. Never just emit a note. All of those tonalities have different characters and the same note in one tonality might need a different intonation in another tonality, depending on the function.
  5. Using a metronome start the previous exercise slowly and staccato. Use the single tongue and shape the sounds like pearls on a never ending silver chain (your air stream). Imagine them with beauty and do not criticize. Try to form a homogeneous Pearl necklace. Play it three times at increasing speed, starting very slowly. Then take a break again. If you are uncertain about which metronome to choose you can read about it in my article          ————>   here.
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  6. To loosen any rigidity in your fingers you can add some trill chains. Where you play a diatonic scale legato and add a trill on every note. As a little workout for the fingers and rest for the tongue.
  7. You can look at the following exercises to improve your sound quality further. But remember to practice from a serene and relaxed place, in awe of what is now possible for you to gain awareness of. Have a glimpse at those two articles —–> hacks             ——-> tips.

Be sure to include adequate muscle training and stretching. You can read about it in those two articles:

————-> muscle training

————-> stretching for flutists

 

Is it possible to even have improved after the break?


Yes it is. After a pause we need to automate movements and groups of protocols again. This is a wonderful opportunity to form them consciously again with the possibility to improve former flawed ones. This is priceless. We can form new and better ways and play even more effortlessly and musical.

flute practice tipsAnother important thing is our attitude to studying, flute playing and our very own performance.

We study to be physically able to execute what we imagine. So when we study our inner critic is always alert and showing us flaws. Give space to also positive remarks and try to quiet it completely at least once in every training session. You also need to train the flow state, to be in the zone and let go of your self. You need to allow the music to flow through you and to let your body produce what it knows best when not examined and stressed. Study this situation. Be sure to link it to something you can easily recreate.

Enrich your imagination with beautiful sounds and images. If you are more of a tactile type imagine beautiful movements, elegant postures and interesting choreography. Create a feeling for each sound and melody that you can evoke when you need it. Some prefer mental pictures or directly the sound they wish to create.

Listen to music, look at beautiful art, feel with friends and in relationships, live more aware and broader. There is no division between music making and life experience.

Get your fundamental books and stick to this cornerstone textbooks of flute practice:

——————-> De La Sonorité

——————-> Moyse Daily Practice

——————-> Reichart Daily Exercise

So study the technique to automate it, set the process in motion and then forget about it and just enjoy!

Feel free to comment and let me know how you start playing again after a pause and what helps you enhance performance.

To creating beautiful unforgettable moments for you and your audience,

Best wishes,

Janie

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Best free audio editing software

If you have recorded anything and wish to do some editing so that it sounds more professional, you will be looking for the best free audio editing software.

best free audio editing softwareWhat is the best free audio editing software out there?


Maybe you are new to this and would also appreciate a community to answer your questions along the way of audio editing. So we are looking for free software that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux and offers a forum.

Definitely winner is audacity. You can download it from the following link and it is a free version:

https://www.audacityteam.org/

This tool is especially useful if you need to do one of the following things:

  • removing a section of audio
  • adding royalty-free music tracks underneath
  • save your work in MP3 ( plug-in the free add-on)
  • get consistent audio levels
  • distribute your work

 

How to create audio products


Talking about interviews and recording them, Skype is a fantastic version.

You could add Blue Snowball USB microphone or best free audio recording micssound quality and use audacity to get all voices and sounds to the same level. There are several free recording software products one can use, for example ifree-recorder.

But this is only for PC. If you use a MAC, eventually you have to pay, but there is a free trial available for eCamm Call Recorder For Skype.

Speaking about musical products, you can use your smartphone or iPhone, as long as you add a valuable microphone.

 

Some good option for any kind of recording is the zoom recorder


It is the number one recording device for musicians. Very handy and with 10 hours of battery freedom.

I personally use the H1 Zoom Handy Recorder, which has a mic design that captures perfect stereo image.

Just check it out —————->>> HERE.

Moreover, it comes with free Cubase and Wavelab bundled software. So you can edit and master your recordings for free!

Zoom offers an accessory pack, that I also use and highly recommend. It is very cheap and makes a great difference! The H1 Accessory Pack APH-1 consists in windscreen, adjustable tripod stand, mic clip adapter, padded-shell case, AC adapter and USB cable. You can have a look at what that means ————–>>> HERE.

How to market and sell those products


As Zoom so beautifully says, the world needs creators, people willing to contribute something. Something original, inspiring and powerful.

So get your voice, your music, your ideas out there! What are you waiting for?

Oh right, a strategy. Now that we have created a product, we need to create awareness. Your surroundings and social media followers need to become aware that you exist. There is so many ways to do that for free.

topflute.comFirst thing is social media. Create your Instagram, twitter, pinterest, Facebook and linked in accounts. Use the same profile picture in all, so you will create a brand. Yes, your own face and story are a brand. Think about your story and start to broadcast it.

It needs several stages, like Greek tragedy. You start off all hopeful and naive (explain when and how), you follow teachings and start to wonder (still all positive, just less rose in color!).

Tragedy happens, either from the outside world or from your inside (traumatic experiences, love and family, or major doubt threatening your whole musical carrier).

Chapter three is all about redemption. You find your way and make it personal. People will be in awe that you didn’t stop and wish to bring them your music anyway.

 

You are not alone – Friends created a Launchpad


Start broadcasting your story. Videos, posts, pictures. Whatever you thing suits you. Engage with your audience on social media. Respond and befriend alike carriers and stories. You will find so much support, it will be incredible. Just be honest and true. The genuine you with your story and your music.

Very powerful are groups on social media, such as on Pinterest and Facebook. It could add 10k viewers to your audience. So try to make friends with well-established groups in your music niche.

myflutelife.comPictures, texts and audios are very welcome and help to engage, but eventually you will need videos. YouTube or Vimeo or both. To train yourself for that establish very short live broadcasts on Facebook. You can just say: Hi, I am …., a musician in ….., I would love to let you listen to the music I write/play….and you say why you love or write this music and play like 30sec.

That is enough. Doing that on a regular basis you create awareness and a fan club of people who wish you well and see and hear more of you.

That is the point where you go creating an email list. You can offer your recorded and edited piece in change for their email.

There are many free providers of these services and you should take advantage of that. Friends of mine are offering an e-book on the topic that covers everything, even creating video courses and masterclasses for free, selling and marketing them for free.

Don’t miss out on the special launch offer and check it out now —————> HERE.

 

There is amazing free stuff out there – best free audio editing software and more


So true, you need your budget to travel, live, breathe and create. You cannot afford to spend on marketing and selling.

Why would you? When there is so much amazing free stuff out there. Heidi and David have saved my life many times and finally made an e-book available on all the free tips and tricks of creating, marketing and selling your own digital products for free without spending a penny.

flyingflutist.comWell, David is European and Heidi from North America. Bringing together their knowledge has given us the perfect Digital Marketing Launchpad to work all over the world!

Be finally free and live your dream! Create, market and sell from where ever you are.

Just make sure that there is a story and value. Obviously you need to bring value to the world to receive value. But I guess that if you have read our article up to here you are more than ready to flood the world with your special gift which we more than welcome!

Shine bright, live light and care to share

Feel free!

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Cheap Flight Tickets Last Minute

We musicians are so often in the clouds! I mean literally in the clouds, flying to rehearsal, concerts, masterclasses and back home. We need to get cheap flight tickets last minute all the time.

This might be the case when we go home for Christmas as well and play some near home concerts to spend time with our loved ones. So let us think about it for a moment.

Do you collect miles? Do you have any reduction in flight tickets? I don’t. And I often need tickets fast, last minute and cheap. So how do we find cheap airline tickets last minute?




Cheap Flight Tickets Last Minute


How often does it happen that we need to make arrangements last minute? This is not vacation but stress for us. Nowadays we do not have agents, but are our very own industry and brand, we are our own secretaries and offices and marketers. So booking flights to join a venture last minute is often something we have to deal with and quick.

But it is not that impossible at all to find cheap airline tickets last minute. First thing you need to check out is on google maps which one is the closest airport to where you need to go and whether you can travel from the airport with public transportation to the location. Google itself has some great ideas about flight tickets but it has no direct and thorough price comparison in real time.

 

google closest airportSo what you need to do is

use a free provider of real time price comparison as well as flight time comparison.

Often it is crucial for us to get somewhere at a certain time, not very much earlier or later.

 

 

I have tried lots of those search engines and found one that works perfectly in Europe, Canada and the States.

It is called Skyscanner.

skyscanner interfaceIt will ask for your origin and destination, but you can also enter the whole country to make an optimal comparison between schedules, prices and airports.

I often enter Italy as a whole and then the city I need to go to.

 

Train travels in Italy are cheap and often the best solution to a further away airport with better fares and schedules. But be sure to check out car rental options as well. Just use the link below:

 



Cheap airline tickets last minute deals – easy and fast


After entering your origin and destination you can choose between direct flights or including changing flights. Also, including nearby airports.

 

find cheap airline tickets last minute

 

Let me give you an example: I need to be in a small Bavarian town Monday afternoon.

So I look for flights that arrive in South East Germany on Monday morning. As I have to play in a Concert close to Venice Sunday afternoon, I choose North East Italy as a starting point and see what flights they offer.

I can filter and order for price or flight time.

 

I would love to arrive around 10 am Monday moselect a flightrning or around 10 pm Sunday night to get some sleep close by.

Moreover, I will look up all opportunities, see that sleeping in Bavaria is too expensive, take a night train to Rome, where there is a cheap flight early in the morning to another very cheap airport with enough time to get to where I need to go.

You need to compare trains and hotels as well. So make a list and decide for what works best for you. Be open for new ideas and enter broader areas. In the end of my example I had to go to central Italy, as from the North it cost too much.

It was cheaper to take a night train to Rome than to fly from the north and sleep in Bavaria. Just to let you see how you can save a lot of money.

Go and check out your own options by clicking ——>>>>> HERE



The Best comparison between travel agencies and flight companies


Now, Skyscanner also gives you the opportunity, once you clicked on the chosen solution, to decide whom to by your ticket from. It clearly states whether the offer comes from a travel agency or the
airline itself.

Often travel agencies offer cheaper tickets than the airlines do. That is because they hope you buy other services as well. A little like Ryanair. In the case below the airline is the cheapest.

 

cheap airline tickets dealsAfter choosing your flight and where to buy it from, Skyscanner sends you off to the airline or travel agency.
Sometimes prices will change a little, so be careful.
That is because of availability and real time purchases of other customers.

 

You can also put a notification on your chosen travel and not buy it yet. So you will be informed by Skyscanner via email when prices drop.

last minute cheap flight tickets

 

I love that feature as you can buy when it is actually cheapest. But that is of course if you have enough time to wait and compare.

If you need to buy your flight ticket now and fast, you need to act immediately on the cheapest and most suitable solution found for you.

 

Check out your options

Live light and travel light – last minute cheap flight ticket


Have your passport ready as sometimes you might be able to check-in online immediately.

All you need is a PayPal account or credit card and you have your flight booked. Easy and fast.

Most of the times it is possible to check in right away and get a mobile boarding ticket sent to your phone. So you do not need to print anything.

flight schedulNow all we have to do is pack and get to the airport on time. Be careful about which flight modality you chose. As you are sometimes allowed to only bring hand luggage with the smallest fare.

Restrictions vary from company to company, so be sure to read up on what you purchased.

Don’t forget earplugs for a relaxing sleep, comfortable traveling clothes, performing dress, flute, music stand and music sheets.

And that is already quite some luggage. So be sure to take only strictly necessary things. Like something warm or fresh to dress depending on where you go and a book to relax.

 

Tickets and restrictions


You will need your ticket when buying duty-free items in the airport so keep it handy. It might also be scanned for a free WiFi code in some airports (Zurich for example).

As to your hand luggage you need to follow strict rules:

Be sure to read about size and weight as they vary from airline to airline. Concerning liquids:

They have to be less than 100ml each and adding up to not more than 1 Lt in a reclosable transparent plastic bag.

get cheap airline tickets last minuteCell phones and laptops have to be taken out for security check, so keep them in easy reach.

No sharp objects are allowed and that is true also for the little screwdrivers we flutists use and nail manicure instruments.

I always keep my instrument in my hand luggage, as flutists are lucky that it fits. Then to be sure not to get sick on the flight, dress in layers.

Most of the airlines have very cold air con on their flights and I enjoy bringing a hood as I hate the cold air on my head. Some are very warm and dry.

If you have a low cost flight, be sure to buy water once you are through security, for example in a duty-free shop. (have your ticket ready!)

 

Season’s greeting and happy holidays


 

Now that you are all packed and ready to leave I can only wish you the very best of holidays, performances and warm welcome where ever you go with your cheap flight tickets last minute!



Don’t forget to check Skyscanner also for hotels and car hires as it has the best price/quality ratio there as well.



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Musicians And Stage Fright – Fight Or Flight?

Many musicians seemed to be born to be on stage or in front of a camera. They give their best and enjoy the moment with great confidence. On the other hand, however the majority of musicians have to deal with stage fright at a certain point of their carrier. And the good news is: Musicians and Stage Fright, it’s just a passage to be the stage animal you dream of being.

 

Musicians and Stage Fright

Musicians And Stage Fright – Do You Fight Or Take a Flight?


When it comes to performing in front of an audience powerful emotions kick in and cloud our judgment of the situation. Does it feel like your hands are tight and you are your own prisoner?

There are various forms of stage fright. Some are light and easy to reduce to pure excitement. This article deals with those situations where we are nervous, shaking and not breathing right. Maybe sweating, cold hands, hot cheeks….

We have all been there and we can cope with it and learn a way to use those feelings to our advantage. So this article is for you when you deal with light to medium stage fright, which we can also call performance anxiety.

If you are having straight panic attacks just thinking about a performance in front of an audience, you should seek professional help. There a many famous musicians who had to do that and overcame their fight or flight response or freeze state. Panic attacks are serious and should be dealt with professionally.

Look at a list of musicians who went through extreme stage fright ——> here.

 

Do You Fear Stage Fright? Musicians And Stage Fright


fear of stage fright

That is often how it gets worse. You have been through a situation where you couldn’t control you fingers or breathing anymore and it all went blank. Maybe you lost you track and didn’t know where to enter or you didn’t play you solo.

Those horrible experiences are very strong. They stick in our minds and produce anxiety. This is how the next time you will be afraid to walk on that stage again, or maybe even playing just for you friends and family. That one time could become more times if you give fear a way into you preparation and mind and it will fulfill the prophecy of failure.

At that point there seems to be no way out and you won’t even fight it anymore but just never put yourself in that position again.

Stop and think. We are made like this, fly dangerous situations if we can’t fight them and how should we fight ourselves when we are sure we will fail?

 

Are Musicians The Only Ones With Performance Anxiety?


No actually. There are many forms of it and the most common is Speakers’ Nervousness. That one is so strong that some people prefer to be in the coffin than giving the eulogy. Just have a look at the Anxiety and Depression Department of America and their article on how to deal with Stage Fright.

This article is very helpful as it gives 10 steps to prepare and overcome performance anxiety that anyone can implement to improve any type of performance including an audience.

Furthermore, it is imperative not only for musicians to eat well, sleep well and practice. A state of health and well-being is the best way to reduce performance anxiety. How to prepare as a musician?

For more information on those different aspects read my articles about

sleep

food

practice

How do you put yourself in the best position to perform? Let me know in the comment section below.

But also consider this idea: Life and strong emotions are born from the hip flexor muscles.

If we can train those we will be able to control life and feelings about life. Have a look at the training —————————–>here.

Where Does Stage Fright Come From?


self-doubt musicians

Maybe you are an introvert and many brilliant musicians are. Some of us lack the confidence to be able to make others have a good time by playing for them. Many of us are perfectionists and judge ourselves very harshly. We then assume the audience would do the same and become afraid of their judgment.

Some of us have had bad experiences, like memory loss, freezing on stage or shaking so much we were unable to control our movements.

Sometimes we haven’t had the time to prepare right and do not feel ready. Still, in other occasions we have to fight with a dry mouth, overheated head and very cold feet, literally.

Often we lack the imagination of it being a wonderful experience because we are caught up in the dreadful experiences we had and our mind will reproduce what it knows.

The adrenaline produced leaves us two chances, fight or flight. If you can do neither of both you freeze and self sabotage in a kind of flight on the spot.

I personally suffer from overthinking while I’m playing. What happened a lot of times was that I was performing wonderfully and my mind went “how is that possible? you never played that well. Something has to go terribly wrong in the next passage” and guess what, it does. Never fails to go wrong when I think it will. Can’t we use that to our advantage? Isn’t the opposite just as true?

 

7 Ways To Overcome Stage Fright For Musicians


That leads me to ways to overcome stage fright. Here are 7 ways to get to the same result, a fulfilling performance for you and you audience. Remember that musical performance involves an audience. No way around it, so when you play, play with them. Not against them. Open yourself up to the idea that all of you just want to have a great time and feel something amazing. You need to feel that amazing feeling to convey it, so it all starts with you own attitude to what you are going to do.

1. The first and most important is to be prepared. To study and practice well. You cannot fool yourself into thinking of being prepared when you know you are not.

2. While you practice you should also imagine you are in the performance situation. Imagine the lights going out in the audience. The applause when you enter and yourself smiling and confident. No tricks, you are prepared. Imagine yourself playing the very first sound. Listen to it as it leaves you and comes back to you. Imagine the acoustics and the audience carrying you sound together with you.

3. Visualize the moment that the audience breaks into a long applause after you performance, the tension has left and the light is turned back on. This is what is going to happen if you are prepared and willing to share a beautiful moment with you audience.

4. Change you focus. Do not think about yourself, you playing, the long hours of practice and heaven forbid the way you are going to fail anyway. This is what we usually do. Our panic feeling is a response to the unpleasant thoughts we are thinking that anticipate a situation we would rather not be in.

Think about what you are going to offer to you audience, focus on them not yourself

About why you play for them and about why they came. Connect with them and smile at them the whole time, also in your visualization. Try to greet them innerly. One by one. Welcome them.

5. Find out the right breathing exercises and meditation to relax and calm down before and after a concert. You can read about breathing and stretching exercises in my other articles here and here.

6. Be yourself, no perfection needed. It is perfectly fine to make a mistake. You do not have to be flawless. No one is. Your connection with the audience will be so much deeper and more enjoyable on both sides if you can just relax and smile about you own shortcomings. Acknowledge you are afraid. You can even tell them. Just use positive words like excitement and energy. Be generous to them and to yourself. Everyone can relate much better! be yourself

7. My very own way is to create a bodily feeling of the sound of my music. It has to be a strong positive emotion. Like feeling at home. E-motion is energy in motion, vibration.

I create my own positive vibration and inhabit it. I then open the door and welcome everyone to have a sip of the energy, sit down and make themselves comfortable.

 

Music Is Vibration, Feelings Are Vibration – Vibration Is Our Essence


But this is just the result, a natural result. The important thing is to inhabit your sound and create a positive vibe. Besides, this feeling has the duration of a second or even less, but I can create it whenever I want and keep out thoughts of self-doubt. There is simply no space as the feeling is huge, even limitless. No way of breaking in. And then I play the first note and it is a self-fulfilling prophecy again.

The good feeling enhances the sound, the sound enhances the feeling. We can then just glow and shine and invite everyone in.

Does that make sense to you? Feelings are the strongest vehicle we have. Therefore attach different strong, reassuring and warm feelings to every passage while you study. Relive them every time you play and you will be back in there on stage.

That feeling is what the audience remembers, not a mistake. Moreover, they will feel enriched because you did generously give them something. A pure wonderful vibration that uplifted them. After all, that is what music is all about, isn’t it?

 

How To Get Rid Of Stage Fright, Light and Bright Insight!


cabbage field

There are some fun ways as well. My mother, a flutist, told me that her grandmother (farmer) told her to look at the audience and imagine that they are all cabbage heads. Not as an offense, but the way a cabbage field looks like. And play for the food you will be blessed to eat.

However, my mother somehow wasn’t that much into cabbage and found another way: She imagined everyone naked! Literally without clothes. She was the only one dressed and her sound would dress the audience slowly. Piece by piece.

At the end of the concert everyone is dressed and happily applauding. Lights are turned back on and she can smile at the great job she had done!!

Understandably, I’m very happy that her audience never knew why she was radiant and smiling so much. They just thought she was confident and a fantastic musician, offering generously good feelings and beautiful sounds.

Isn’t that awesome? Try it out and let me know if it worked! Or find you own story and let us all know how you did it.

Link it to a vibration of joy, fun, lightness, ease and happiness.

 

Musicians And Stage Fright No More – Highlight!


How do you handle stage fright? What is your solution? Please share you experience in the comment section below and let us know how you deal with stage fright.

no more stage fright

What have you tried and does it work?

We would love to read you ideas.

Leave us a comment below!

 

Happy and fulfilling performance,

 

If it has been a while since your last performance, read our article about how to get back up to speed quickly!!

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foods to avoid for a flat stomach – and as a flutist

Food for flutists and a flat stomach

4 things to avoid


So what are the foods to avoid for a flat stomach, and also as a flutist?

Having a flat stomach and eating well to play the flute at the best of your skills are actually quite similar in method to achieve it. Especially in what to avoid!

Actually if you read my previous article it is pretty clear what to avoid. Let’s see if we got that so far:

food for flutists - avoid those1. Refined Sugar and Refined Grain


Sugary drinks and sweets and also packaged food with hidden sugar should be avoided. As well as refined grain based meals.

Not only because it is generally unhealthy. It causes an energy peak right after consuming it and leaves you with less energy than before.

2. Dairy products


As we grow older we have less possibility to process lactose and it constitutes a burden on our digestive system. We should try to substitute cow milk with vegetable derived drinks and make sure they do not have extra sugar added. If you go with soy, which is one of the most genetically modified products together with corn (mais), be sure you choose organic. You might want to drink your coffee or tea black and acquire a new expertise in its taste! Cut down your cheese and yogurt as well and be sure to take calcium and vitamin D supplements and get enough sunlight.

3. Too much coffee


Actually this also depends on the quality of the coffee.

Filter coffee is much more aggressive on your stomach than you might think. The filter keeps the small healthy fat elements from the coffee beans out of your dripped cup of coffee and has thus no protection.

Espresso is a much healthier choice. It is less liquid and contains all parts of the ground coffee bean. You can start using organic as well and brewing your espresso at home with your own moka.

The Bean Coffee Company Organic Il Chicco (Traditional Italian Roast), Dark Roast, Whole Bean, 16-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

Bialetti 06800 Moka stove top coffee maker, 6 -Cup, Aluminum

A bonus tip in foods to avoid for a flat stomach – and as a flutist


Keep the coffee ground and use it as scrub in the shower. You will be surprised how nutritious and soothing it is for your skin while peeling off the dead skin. It leaves your skin well nourished with a protective layer. You will see why you need those fatty parts to protect the inside of your stomach as well.

Coffee makes you also feel fatigue and pain much less and boosts your mood. So be sure to never exaggerate and do stretching and muscle training as well.

You can catch up on that

===> clicking here for the muscle training

===>and here for classic stretching exercises.

4. Red meat


It will stay in your stomach for an average of three days, so you can see why that wouldn’t be a good idea. Much of your energy will be used to digest and divert oxygen from your brain to your stomach. Just make sure you get enough iron supply (Spinach and lentils), proteins (fish, poultry, eggs) and healthy fats (olive oil, nuts).

 

Staying healthy and strong as a flutist

foods to avoid for a flat stomach and as a flutist


flutist JTH

To clear this again, I am not a doctor, just a musician with a lot of funny, embarrassing or helpful experience. I figured out what works best for me and hope it can be of value for you.

Not only eating healthy and well, but also sleeping enough is very important. It might not seem so in the beginning, but in the long run, you will be thankful for every minute you slept. To get more insight on that, you can read my article about sleep impacts on performance clicking here.

Be sure to take some time off and have a nice long walk. Concentrate on your breathing and the sound of nature if you can.

Listen to music, be curious, smile a lot and laugh whenever you can. It boosts your immune system and trains your respiratory muscles. Be nice to your colleagues and bond with them. This is all very important to stay healthy and at the top of your skills.

Be kind to yourself and everybody else.

A flat stomach is also the product of posture and muscles being flexible and trained. Especially hip flexor muscles are important for musicians. In particular flutists! Train them to be flexible and receive a boost of energy in return: —–> to your training.

A flutist’s menu – foods to avoid for a flat stomach – and as a flutist


Enough of the talking, essentially a flutist’s menu reflects the Healthy Eating Pyramid and with just some little adjustments this is our menu:

healthy food - musicians and all

As you can see, daily exercise is essential. We are not talking about studying the flute. Drink a lot of water and vegetables and fish are the foundations of a healthy diet.

Choose whole grains and healthy fats and oils. Vegetables and fruits are the basis of a fit and healthy person. Eat fruits before performing or studying and vegetables after.

A glass of wine or beer is also included. Just let us not exaggerate! For energy nuts and seeds are the best and fish, poultry and eggs are best consumed after a performance or long before.

Happy flute meals,

Janie

founder of

3 rules to play together in a music group

topflute.com

myflutelife.com

 

Curved heads – learn how to play the flute – maintenance of the flute

 

A short excursion on curved heads

 

There are different opinions on curved heads – I have changed mine lately


My opinion was that you should wait until you reach the straight head joint and only then start to play the flute. This would assure that you start with the right angles of your arms right away. With a curved head you learn to put your arms forward and lower than is needed for the straight flute. And I thought that it was also better to wait until you were able to provide the needed air support, also depending on your body and its strength.

Recently though I have seen a lot of students coming to me, who had started early on with a curved head.

They did have to change their posture a little and in the beginning it was weird for them, but actually not too hard. They all made it and profited from having started early on with diaphragmatic breathing and moving fingers they couldn’t see.

Yes! That is the most difficult thing related to fingering in the beginning, moving them without having visual feedback! It wasn’t the posture or embouchure (the way you blow insight the flute), it was actually moving your fingers and not seeing them.

So in conclusion I recommend starting to play the flute whenever you feel like it and chose the curved head joint if your arms are not long enough to cover the distance comfortably.

comfortable posture of a flutist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A flute that also matches the most important points to look for in a

             —————–>   beginners’ flute

and in addition offers a curved head is


 

Trevor James 10X Flute with Curved & Straight Head joints

This is a perfect choice for beginners ages 6-10 with a warm, rich tone quality. It features a silver-plated body & mechanism with closed holes and includes curved & straight head joints. It comes with a custom case with easy zipper closure and specially-designed compartments .

You can learn more about this amazing solution clicking ——> here.

If you are interested in a little excursion on flute language you can read my article on how to choose your first flute ——-> here.

Can I learn to play the flute by myself – curved head or straight head joint


Yes you can!

There are plenty of videos on YouTube and you can start all by yourself. If you look for feedback you should ask a flute player to have a look sometimes. You can also look for methods and books to buy and follow online. It is not hard to play the to flute by yourself.

Especially in the beginning you can try on your own and follow some online advice. It should feel comfortable and your ear is your judge. If you are interested you can ask questions in the comment section below! I will be more than happy to help you out.

flute fingers

How long does it take to learn the flute?


Any flutist will tell you, a lifetime!

Because we always try to become better and there are so many wonderful melodies out there to learn how to play. There is no point at which one says, now I know it all.

Especially since there is so much music being composed right now for the flute and new contemporary techniques are invented every day.

That being said, actually it does not take long.

Of course, it depends on the time you are willing to invest. Naturally it also depends on how fast you pick it up and your body memorizes it. But to answer your question the best I can: To play a simple melody in two octaves with max two alterations and enjoy it, that would take anything between a month and a year.

love for life flute

 

Maintenance of your new flute – 5 important tips for a long flute life


So now you have chosen your new flute and will wish to stick with it for the better or worse till death do you part… with or without a curved head joint!

On the marriage to my flute Paul D’Or please read my article ———> here.

As in any important relationship you should show some care! So put in some effort for maintenance of your new flute!

  1. Every time you play, dry it afterwards and never put it in the case when it’s still humid.
  2. Pay attention to not hold it with the key opening versus the palm of your hand. You might loosen the mechanism. Try to hold it with the key opening away from your body. If you have to apply pressure (especially taking the pieces apart) do not put any pressure on the keys. Hold the flute in places without keys.
  3. When cleaning the head joint with a rod do not apply pressure to the closed part of the flute. It contains a cork that is important for the overall intonation of your flute. As soon as you arrive at it with the top of your rod, just gently turn the rod and cloth around a few times.
  4. Whenever putting your flute down, do not let it lie on the keys. There is a special little stand beneath where you put your left thumb to let the flute rest safely on a table.
  5. When you put your flute back in the case, be sure to put the opening of the keys versus the inside of the case. They will be better protected.

 

2 Fun Facts for beginner flutists


How many notes are there on a flute?

This is a funny question that I’m asked quite often! With our flute
with a B foot and some extra fingerings for the upper spectrum we can
produce 38 and more different notes (semi-tones)!

There are 4 keys that open a whole instead of closing it, can you find them?

If you do, please let me know in the comment section.

 

Happy flute life,

Janie

founder of

maintainance of the flute

topflute.com

and myflutelife.com