… 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…”
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Articulation on the flute
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”
Performance directions – basic music terms
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.
Blog: Sharing Notes
Can and should we share the experience with others? Who makes our audiences?
Live classical music is something tangible, honest and emotional. It can be all encompassing. Providing a sense of community beyond the shifting screens of social media.
Masterclass Survival Tips
Masterclasses are a fantastic way of gaining performance experience and feedback, however they can be intimidating! Here is a little guide to make the most of your first masterclass and go in with confidence: Choose music that you can play to performance level, unless a work in progress is asked for. Now is not theContinue reading “Masterclass Survival Tips”
Chamber Music: Malcolm Arnold’s Suite Bourgeoise
This is a fun, unpredictable chamber piece by Sir Malcolm Henry Arnold, CBE (1921-2006). The 2nd dance in his Suite Bourgeoise for flute, oboe and piano trio, this is Tango (Elaine). The much neglected suite for trio was one of Malcom Arnold’s earlier pieces. He uses atonality and rhythm to create an a series ofContinue reading “Chamber Music: Malcolm Arnold’s Suite Bourgeoise”
This short impressionist piece has won the hearts of many flautists over the years. Maybe it is due to the lack of technical obstacles or the amount of space for interpretation. Whatever the reason, there is no doubt that Syrinx uses the flute to paint a beautiful picture. The piece reflects greek mythology and theContinue reading “Debussy’s Syrinx”