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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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How to Plan a Flute Recital For Yourself

How to Plan a Flute Recital For Yourself

As always the preparation that you put into planning your flute recital will help you feel more comfortable and relaxed the day of your flute recital. These feelings will help you feel more confident in your ability to perform the the best of your abilities. The first point of preparation is to pick songs that you can play preferably a bit below your skill level. (yup) Oftentimes we want to show off our flute skills …

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Getting Over Stage Fright

Getting Over Stage Fright

Performing is part of life as a musician. And it’s totally natural to feel slightly apprehensive about performing in front of others at the beginning of your musical career. Performing in front of an audience is just as much an art, as is being able to play the instrument itself. So we are going to discuss a few practicing ideas and techniques to help us conquer our stage fright! Preparation is key. Prepare Preparation is …

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The Benefits to Learning How to Perform

The Benefits to Learning How to Perform

There are so many imperative skills that can only be learned once a learning-musician starts to attempt performing. I wish everyone understood this concept. I know I didn’t when I was first learning. I thought that performing meant you had to already be professional, and never make mistakes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many people find performing in front of others intimidating and sometimes physically unnerving. It’s okay. There is a way to …

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Church Music For Flute

Church Music For Flute

Using music to bring the spirit into a church meeting is one of the biggest rewards of being a musician. The flute lends itself to church meetings (in any denomination) so well that if you are are flute player or learning how to play the flute, you’ll want to take some thought to this article as I list out some of my favorite church music for flute. When performing for any church meeting, it’s important …

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What a Flutist Needs to Know Before Auditioning For a Community Band

What a Flutist Needs to Know Before Auditioning For a Community Band

There are more practicing musicians in the world than you even thought. It’s so fun when you find an opportunity to join some of them and make music together. But, before you do you might want to read today about what a flutist needs to know before joining a local community band. New musician friends are great, and a new posse of flute-buddies are even better. I have so many life-long pals from the endless …

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The Secrets to Moving Your Body While Playing the Flute

The Secrets to Moving Your Body While Playing the Flute

Today, I want to reveal a few of the secrets to moving your body while playing the flute. Perhaps you’ve seen those violinists soloing in front of an orchestra who move intently with the music and seem to add dramatic emotions to the pieces simply by their body movements. If you haven’t I would suggest finding a video of a high level performance right now so you will know what we are discussing today. I …

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The Secrets You Need to Learn to Play With Other Instruments

The Secrets You Need to Learn to Play With Other Instruments

One thing really neat about being a flute player is that you can find opportunities to play in all sorts of venues with all sorts of different people. In this article I will tell you a few secrets that you need, as a flute player, to play with other instruments. Whether you are a member of a band, orchestra, or you are just wanting to play music with a couple of friends, learning to play …

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Performance Anxiety Fix

Performance Anxiety Fix

It is a privilege to perform. We give a little bit of ourselves every time we pick up our flutes. It is both a joy and a responsibility, which sometimes leads us to needing a performance anxiety fix.    The body and the mind are linked in ways that we have yet to understand. But, we do know that scary thought equals scary breathing and scary sweating. If you feel yourself getting nervous and it seems …

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How To Use a Music Stand For Flutists

How To Use A Music Stand For Flutists

How to use a music stand for flutists “I just received a new music stand. Can you tell me how high I should position it?” is a question I received this week which sparked this article on how to use a music stand for flutists. Flute players are a bit unique since it is best if we practice and perform both standing instead of sitting. I understand that it’s possible that you may be learning …

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