VIDEO: What better piece to listen to in January than the contemporary flute solo Winter Spirits. With Christmas tunes well behind us, this piece draws upon a very different sound world.
The flute can turn air into many different, mesmerising sounds. Unlike reed instruments, there is no resistance for the player to blow against, the player themselves bends and shapes the air to create their best tone. It is hardly surprising that the flute has a special place in mythology, most notably the Greek God Pan (the subject of much music, including solo flute piece, Debussy’s Syrinx).
Music History at a glance with an increasing number of links to biographies and composer information (including what they did for the flute)
… it’s not as scary as you think! Every time you learn a new piece of music you are sight reading – teachers and students shouldn’t treat it as an intense part of the exam there’s no way to prepare for Prepare in advance: Yes you can practise sight reading. Whether this is with piecesContinue reading “Sight reading…”
There are different skills and attitudes for chamber groups and orchestras, but it is worth thinking about how you play with other people, no matter how many there are.
Time signatures can be confusing and are something your teacher should explain to you early on. However, as we encounter more and more time signatures, it is worth clarifying the theory and having a handy video to revise with! This is our general rule: Watch the video on beats, bars and time signatures then seeContinue reading “Time Signatures”
Articulation – coordination, technique, troubleshooting, double tonguing, triple tonguing, clarity, common problems…
Lets begin with the basic articulation terms and styles. These are the most common symbols you will find. Staccato – a dot above the note means it should be detached (often, but not always, short) Slur – a curved line connects different pitches that are to be played smoothly (only tongue the first note ofContinue reading “Articulation terms”
An introduction to the basic dynamic (volume) terms and definitions. Plus a great picture to remember it all!
Download the free PDF to test yourself and write all the terms on. Or stick on your wall to help learn dynamics!
Specific music terms are used by composers to direct performers. It tells us their intention and an idea of the mood or style to perform it in.
A beginner’s guide to basic music terms and their interpretation.