have workshopped a number of student compositions, giving them tips on idiomatic or practical writing for the flute. There are things both the composer and the flautist need to be aware of.
In Ireland has a firm place in the hearts of many flautists. Starting with wandering street musicians and a beautiful soaring melody moving to a far away light dance, and coming home with a fast exciting jig.
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 pieces … Continue 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 see … Continue 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 of the … Continue reading Articulation terms