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Why is it so Hard to Play the Flute When My Hands are Cold?

Why is it so hard to play the flute when my hands are cold? What can I do about it? This is the question for today and no worries, I have the answers. If you’re here reading this today, I’m going to assume that you’ve had an experience trying to play the flute when your hands were cold or frozen. It’s hard isn’t it? This article is all about why it is so difficult and …

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Are Flute Head Joints Different?

In this article I want to answer the question, “Are flute head joints different?” And the answer is – yes actually. They do come in slightly different sizes and shapes as well. Student model flutes are usually factory stamped out, so they aren’t very different within brands, but different brands and models have their own signature sizes and shapes for sure. Once you start getting into the higher level flutes- like the advanced and professional …

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Should I keep the plugs in my open holed flute

Should I Keep the Plugs in My Open-Holed Flute?

Recently I received a question from a flute student who asked, “Should I keep the plugs in my open-holed flute?” You may know a bit about these plugs mostly found in Intermediate level flutes, or perhaps you don’t even know what I’m talking about. No worries, let me explain in case you’re kind of clueless right now. The student model flutes almost always come with regular (closed-hole) key tops that are solid metal (no holes), …

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The Benefits of Practicing Steady Beat With Your Body

The Benefits of Practicing Steady Beat With Your Body

Most music relies on keeping a steady beat. It just feels good to us. We feel rhythms and patterns all day long from brushing our teeth to playing games like jump-rope and basketball.  Many people aren’t perfect when keeping the beats perfect. Let’s explore the benefits of practicing steady beat with your body. This morning I have been noticing the natural rhythms around me. The first sound I heard was my son padding up the …

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Flute Designs Do they affect my sound

Flute Designs, Do they effect my sound?

Did you know that there are so many different styles of flutes? Beyond the original silver flutes, I’ve seen gold flutes, rose gold, red, blue, and all different colors of plastic flutes as well. I’ve also seen flutes that are so unique and intricately styled with designs and additions. Today I want to talk to you about different flute designs and whether or not they effect your sound. A new flute can make a big …

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How To Grade Yourself as a Music Student

How To Grade Yourself as a Music Student

Are you planning on (or are already) being a dedicated music student? In the flute world there are many really great scholars. Are you one of them? Let’s find out as you learn today how to grade yourself as a music student. I recently had one of my non-formal students ask me to please give them an official grade just as if they were one of my college students. Interesting? Here’s some of the criteria …

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Amazing Advantages Of Learning Flute As An Adult

Amazing Advantages Of Learning Flute As An Adult

Being an adult who has decided to enter the world of learning the new language of music is daunting for many reasons, but I’m here to show you that there are also amazing advantages of learning flute as an adult. First of all we should note that once you put the intimidation factor aside, you are golden. For example, you are essentially in charge of your own life schedule. Most of the time, you can …

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Success Traits to Become the Flutist You Want to Be.

Success Traits to Become the Flutist You Want to Be.

I believe that motivation and desire to play the flute are among some of the biggest tools that will improve your flute playing and help you succeed. Today, we’re going to explore some important success traits that you can use to become even better at playing the flute. Learning how to play an instrument is not just about taking the flute out each day and playing through some sheet music. If you’ve been with me …

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Back Pain While Playing The Flute

Back Pain While Playing The Flute

Thwarting aches and pains is key to thriving in a new skill. Learning how to play the flute is no exception. Do you have back pain while playing flute? The fix is pretty simple. Good bio-mechanics are something to learn about when playing an instrument because if we can position our body in a way that uses our muscles and bones in the natural way that they are designed to, we can avoid all sorts …

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