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Motivation vs. Inspiration

By Chelsea Tanner As a mindset coach I get asked very often, “How can I stay motivated?” Motivation is tricky and it is something I’ve been thinking a lot about. It is literally coming up with motives or reasons we believe in and are compelling enough to take action. Now, this can be positive OR negative. You can tell yourself “I’m really not good enough, I need to practice.” This will motivate you, but will it sustain you? Is that a...

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Vibrato Tips for Performers of All Ages by Chris Potter

Exactly what is vibrato? On the flute, vibrato is a change in the pitch and dynamics of a note that is created by a controlled fluctuation of air speed. Vibrato adds expression to a note, and that fluctuation needs to be controlled by the player. Many people discover they have an unpredictable air supply; this is caused by tension in the throat randomly compressing the air as it passes by. This tension results in jerks and spikes in the...

Sound Possibilities by Aiven O’Leary

When I was studying flute, both in high school and in college, I had an uneasy relationship with sound. It isn’t that I had a “bad” sound, it was actually the opposite. Everyone told me I had a good sound. Right through college, sound was good. I got to check that off the list. Sure, I had to work like everyone else on shading and color, but as far as good base tone, I had it! Here’s the thing though,...

Flute Specialists’ Favorite Things

Roi Master Flute Cleaner - I have so many swabs, this one is definitely my favorite. It gets ALL the moisture out of my flute - even up towards the crown!33mm LefreQue - This lefreQue (paired with my Hammig piccolo) has absolutely enhanced my tone, especially in the low register.Fluterscooter Black Patent Leather Bag - This is the most gorgeous flute bag! It's also spacious, so it can hold all the extra accessories you usually keep in your standard flute case...

Finding Purpose in Covid Times

by Erica Peel As musicians, many of us have found ourselves seriously questioning our life’s work, our employment, our purpose, and our place in the world during this extraordinary time in history. The last 8 months have been significant and life-changing, with far reaching consequences. At the start of it all, I found myself scrambling to create projects and set goals, thinking ambition was the antidote to idleness and resignation. During that time, I accomplished some really wonderful things, but...

Fall Sale 2020

Use code PRIMEFLUTES to shop on our website for 10% off instrument purchases. Offer expires October 16, 2020. Some exclusions apply. In stock items only. Not valid for Altus gold series flutes, Arista flutes, Burkart solid gold elite, Di Zhao gold flutes, Muramatsu 14k, Muramatsu 9k, Muramatsu ST, Muramatsu PTP, Miyazawa gold series, Sankyo gold series, UF#8614, UF#13113

Because We Care – A View on Diversity by Dr. Maria F. Castillo

As we celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month, and our eyes turn towards underrepresented composers and flutists, there is a new focus on music making in our world. Nowadays, we care about diverse programing and teaching, and many of us find ourselves looking for information that is, at this moment, a bit hard to find. As a Venezuelan flutist who did most of her studies in the United States, I am grateful for the sudden change of focus on caring about...

Online Lessons, The New Reality?

by Danilo Mezzadri I am writing this article in an attempt to help those of us who are confronting the new reality of another semester of online lessons. I am basing this article on my own successes and failures during this past spring and summer semesters. Together with many other musicians around the globe, I have been teaching and performing exclusively online. As many of us know, that is not an easy task. After many experiments, I believe I have...

Wellness for Flutists: Modifications, Mindfulness and Maintenance by Francesca Leo

Musicians are facing a unique set of challenges during this unprecedented time. Prior to this pandemic, we have collectively fallen accustomed to disregarding injury at the expense of taking professional auditions and advancing our careers. Our pedagogy as musicians has been largely based around the “no pain, no gain” mentality which is no longer a sustainable process. There also remains a stigma surrounding performance-related injuries, and although performing arts health has become a more prominent topic over the past...

BETTER TOGETHER: MOZART CONCERTOS FOR TWO FLUTES by Mark Sparks

We have had time to think. And remember. A colleague once spoke of a special player who played with “Insight,” and this is what set them apart. I wondered, “what kind of playing has Insight?” I guess if you can have foresight and hindsight you can have insight, which “looks in” to something with a deep level of understanding. I reckon it’s a good thing to have. The devil takes the Hindmost, rarely takes the Foremost, but probably never...

UPDATE ON THE CHINESE ORPHANS PROJECT AND HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING THE ORPHANS

Flutists from all over the US have participated in the annual Chinese Orphans Benefit Concerts at First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin to help us support and send hundreds of rural Chinese orphans to school for the last 15 years. How much this has meant to these children, whom the rest of the world seems to have forgotten, is shown in a recent message I received from Dong whom we sponsored for many years. He was one of our...

An Interview with Hannah Hammel

How long have you been Principal Flute with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra? I joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in January 2020, so have only been living in Detroit for a couple of months, but I love it here! The preliminary and semi-final rounds of the audition took place in April of 2019 and the final round happened in June. Following the final round, I was invited to play a two week trial in November. I played two weeks of concerts,...