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Flute Specialists’ Favorite Things 2021

Glissando HeadjointThe Glissando Flute: Handbook for Composers and Performers by Melissa KeelingK & K Silver Bullet Microphone SystemWin-D-FenderThe Other Flute by Robert Dick Haynes Custom 5% Gold Alloy FluteAltieri Flute/Piccolo/Laptop BackpackRobinson's Remedies Lip Renew Recovery StickSonata for Flute and Piano No. 1 by Samuel ZymanComplete Flute Method - Taffanel/GaubertRoi Flower Instrument Stand Deep Blue by Ian ClarkeWoodwind Fixit ToolFlute MaskAzumi AZ3 FluteRoi Backpack Hammig PiccolosClassic Flute NecklaceBeaumont Kitty Cat Flute Polishing ClothHandcrafted Wooden Flute StandsNocturnes for the Nativity Sonata (Undine) by Carl ReineckeRoi Flute...

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 cover.Lowell...

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 takes...

The Glissando Flute: How to play it, and why you should by Melissa Keeling

The glissando flute is a C flute played with a Glissando Headjoint. This headjoint greatly expands the expressivity, flexibility, and timbral possibilities of the Boehm flute. The culmination of many decades of work by Robert Dick, it has been commercially available for over a decade. Beyond playing glissandi, there are many potential benefits for your overall flute playing: increased aural awareness, greater flexibility of intonation, and a slew of new timbres and harmonies, which dramatically increases the expressive potential available...

A Tale of Two Series by Mark Sparks

A TALE OF TWO SERIESby Mark SparksOrchestral Excerpt Practice Books And Exploring Sound: Tone Development Through Orchestral RepertoireI have recently began to publish two series of books: 2 volumes of an Orchestral Excerpt Practice Book series, and 2 volumes of Exploring Sound: Tone Development Through Orchestral Repertoire.Each volume addresses a particular piece, or orchestral excerpt. It has been a fun, at times consuming, and interesting project. I have quite a few additional volumes for each series cooking in my computer,...

Low Flutes on the Rise! by Chris Potter

Low Flutes on the Rise! By Chris Potter Alto, bass and contrabass flutes pose unique challenges in the areas of breath control, tonal response, intonation, transportation issues, sheer physical size and, locating appropriate quality repertoire. Resources are developing to help the growing number of low flutes players find solutions to these and other problems. Here are examples of resources you can explore to find answers to your questions: 1) the Low Flutes Facebook group has 1700 members who are generous with their knowledge, experiences...

A Flute in My Refrigerator by Helen Spielman

October 2018A Flute in My Refrigerator by Helen SpielmanI was so in love with the flute that I couldn’t contain myself; I played with such joy, I talked about everything flute with so much enthusiasm, and then….I wrote about my musical life, too. I expressed struggles with my teacher, the hilarious antics of my students, what it was like to perform a concert in a prison, and the incredulous experience of watching James Galway record a CD with the London...

Spider Log by Danilo Mezzadri

SPIDER LOG by Danilo Mezzadri This article is a follow up to my presentation for the National Flute Convention regarding the use of the SPIDER LOG. This short article outlines a couple of ways in which you could use this system to boost your practice routine and keep yourself on task. SPIDER LOG is as an interleaved practice system that provides graphic feedback of progress. It is designed to be simple and effective. With a few instructions you should be able to manage your practice...

Flute Amplification by Melissa Keeling

My very first gig happened to be the first time I played flute into a microphone. I was in the eighth grade and had been asked to perform at a church service. Standing behind the microphone felt incredibly daunting, as if every tiny error would be magnified. I had no clue how to position the microphone or where to stand in relation to it. Though the service went fine, it took many years of playing with microphones before I felt...

6 Weeks to Finals by Sharon Sparrow

6 Weeks to Finals by Sharon Sparrow   “Wow, that was the best I’ve ever played!” Those are the best 8 words strung together I can think of to define what success really means! So, after you’ve repeated them at least twice, let’s get to work and learn how to turn those words into your next audition or performance reality! Preparation! No one, not even Yo-Yo Ma, could say those words with real belief without having put in the preparation time and steps necessary. Preparation begins...

The Flute and Flight: A Composer’s Source of Inspiration by Howard J. Buss

The Flute and Flight: A Composer’s Source of Inspiration Howard J. Buss, Composer There is something special about the timbre and agility of the flute that suggests a sonic kinship with birds and the action of flight. Several versions of the creation myth of the Apaches describe how a man, looking for his missing wife, used a flute to transport himself over mountains (“He started away, traveling with a blue flute which had wings … he went entirely around the border of...

The History of Altus Handmade Flutes

  The History of Altus Handmade Flutes   The founder of Altus flutes, Mr. Shuichi Tanaka, known as “Speedy” to his friends, is a man of many talents. He is an artist, musician, engineer, businessman, and most notably a master flute maker. As a teenager, Mr. Tanaka studied flute with renowned Japanese teacher and performer Toshio Takahashi. During this time he not only developed into a gifted flutist, but also a sensitive student of flute making with keen insight into the needs of flutists.  In...

Artist Profile- In Sterio

March 2014      Having been said to “blow listeners’ minds” and “bring the house down”, Erica Peel and Shivhan Dohse are the two flutists behind In Sterio.  Cited as having performances nothing short of “awe inspiring” and “spellbinding”, the girls have been described as “two Rhonda Larsons meet Greg Patillo”… and they have just released their much anticipated sophomore effort, a CD/DVD combo titled “Awake”.           The album, composed mostly by In Sterio member Erica Peel, features completely original material inspired by the works...

A History of Muramatsu Flutes

Muramatsu Inc. Japan The Muramatsu flute company has been making professional flutes for nearly a century, and is still family owned. The founder of the Muramatsu company was an artist, who became enamored when he heard a Boehm system flute for the first time. This sound was new to Japan, and inspired the young Koichi Muramatsu.  He had recently acquired engineering skills while repairing instruments for the army music school, and he resolved himself to creating such flutes himself. This young artist...