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How to Know the Condition of My Flute

How To Know The Condition of Your Flute

I teach a lot of flute lessons, and I have seen many flutes in my days. The truth is that the condition of your flute matters. I know that when a flute is in proper condition it plays beautifully.  And, I know first-hand that the opposite (improper condition) means that your flute will hamper your ability to play well or at all. …when a flute is in proper condition it plays beautifully   Here are …

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how to hold the flute

How to Hold the Flute

How to hold the flute is a very common question many flute players have. In fact, it isn’t even a question just for beginners because the farther you move up in level, the more you notice that exactly ‘how you hold the flute’ is extremely important. I made a special video tutorial just for people who have this question (hosted on this page). The flute seems so slippery.. especially when you are playing C to …

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Musicians have an Advantage at language learning

The Musician Advantage at Learning Languages

The ease of language learning for musicians in a real thing. I started my children into music at very young ages.  (2-4 yrs old!) I knew many benefits of this type of early education like self-discipline, reading ability, attention span, desire to achieve, etc. What I didn’t foresee is the advantages of musicianship and music study later on in their life. Especially the musician advantage in learning languages!  Our eyes have been opened! We kept …

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music mastery, aging

7 Ways to Find Joy in Musical Mastery While in Adulthood

  I used to think that musical mastery meant wearing black clothing and hunching over a music stand stacked with complicated looking sheets. But, as I mature, I’m realizing that this is not it at all.   “Music,” as musician Robert Fripp once said, “is the wine that fills the cup of silence.” I remember hearing that quote as a child and having not the foggiest idea what it could mean. As I became older …

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How to Clean a Flute

How to Clean a Flute

Flutes are unlike other instruments. Most of them are silver plated and require a level of care you may not have considered before. Let’s explore the inside and out of how to clean a flute. The Inside The inside of your flute starts out dry and cold, but then once you begin blowing your warm breath into the head joint and barrel, a phenomenon I like to call “rain” happens. Cold metal mixed with warm …

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What to do About Sweaty, Slippery Lip When Playing Flute

What to do About Sweaty, Slippery Lip When Playing Flute

It’s definitely no fun when you’re trying to focus on sounding great, yet your flute won’t stay put. What can you do about sweaty, slippery lip when playing flute? There are a few easy fixes for this uncomfortable phenomenon.   First, is it hot? Then it’s totally normal to sweat a bit while you’re practicing or performing your instrument. It’s so much easier to keep your lip plate in the perfect spot when the temperatures …

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LFP 089 The Best Note to Tune a Flute To

LFP 089 The Best Note to Tune a Flute To

If you’ve played flute for even a few weeks you may have wondered if the tones that you play are absolutely correct.  How do you know the best note to tune a flute to? Well, this is a good question, especially if you intend to play with other musicians, whether that be live or simultaneously with a recording. It may seem like a simple question, but there’s actually a lot to the science behind it. …

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Why Do I Have Inconsistent Tone on My Flute

Why Do I Have Inconsistent Tone on My Flute?

Is your tone spot on one day and then totally fuzzy the next? Wonder what causes inconsistent tone? You’re not alone. There are a few reasons why many flute players feel they have unpredictable tone. Feeling on top of the world in your flute practice session one day and then feeling like you have completely missed the mark on another isn’t uncommon, especially amongst newer players. Barring any mechanical issues with your flute, let’s assume …

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What does a flute overhaul include

What Does a Flute Overhaul Include?

How do you know if a flute just needs a quick fix or if the entire flute needs extensive repair work? What does a flute overhaul include? It require professional maintenance and care for flutes to play in tip-top shape. Even if the flute isn’t being played often it will require some visits to a technician for adjustment periodically. The Body First of all, a technician will check the body of the flute will for …

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How Long Does it Take to Learn to Play the Flute?

How Long Does it Take to Learn to Play the Flute?

Have you ever wondered “How long does it take to learn to play the flute?”  Are you wondering, “Will I be able to pick up my flute, memorize some fingerings, and immediately blow into my flute for great sound”?  No matter how much time it takes, you can have an amazing journey that you will love and enjoy forever. Whether it be months or decades, developing a skill, especially a musical one, is like the …

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