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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 …

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  • LFP 088 | What Flute Brands are Good?

    LFP 088 | What Flute Brands are Good?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn what flute brands are good.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 088. You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What flutes are considered the best. What flute Rebecca started learning on. What the different levels of flute qualities are. What you can …

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  • LFP 086 | A Peek Inside the Hymn of the Month Club

    LFP 086 | A Peek Inside the Hymn of the Month Club

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I introduce the Hymn of the Month club and give you a peek inside. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 086. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What the Hymn of the Month Club is all about What you will learn in …

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  • LFP 087 | What you Need to Know to Have Clear Tone on Flute

    LFP 087 | What you Need to Know to Have Clear Tone on Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about the importance of tone for a flutist and what you need to know to have clear tone on your flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 087. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What the Tone Course …

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  • LFP 085 | The Magic of an Earworm for the Flutist

    LFP 085 | The Magic of an Earworm for the Flutist

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about the magic of an earworm for the flutist including how to find it. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 085. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What an earworm is What the magic of an earworm is …

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  • LFP 084 | How Much Time Should I Practice My Flute as a Beginner?

    LFP 084 | How Much Time Should I Practice My Flute as a Beginner?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the answer to the question, “How much time should I practice my flute as a beginner?”. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 084. Yeah!  The first one!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How riding a bike relates to …

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  • LFP 083 | How to Play the Flute with Power

    LFP 083 | How to Play the Flute with Power

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about how to play the flute with power including real tips and tricks. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 083. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What a poor tone sounds like How to create a better tone What …

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  • LFP 082 | How I Began Changing My Life One Habit at a Time

    LFP 082 | How I Began Changing My Life One Habit at a Time

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode,  you will learn all about how I began changing my life one habit at a time including my step by step secret to reaching goals. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 082. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com An experience I had …

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  • LFP 080 | What Has Learn Flute Online Done for You?

    LFP 080 | What Has Learn Flute Online Done for You?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about some students here at Learn Flute Online and what playing the flute has done for them.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 080. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Some testimonials from Judy, Steven, and Jenn What you …

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  • LFP 079 | Learn to Read Music Without the ABC’s Above the Staff Line

    LFP 079 | Learn to Read Music Without the ABC's Above the Staff Line

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to read music without writing the ABCs on the staff line for every note. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 079. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to break your habit of relying on the ABCs Some exercises …

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  • LFP 078 | How Do I Know if I Need a New Flute?

    LFP 078 | How Do I Know if I Need a New Flute?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to tell and decide if you need a new flute.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 078. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about: Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to tell if it’s you or your flute How to decide whether or not your …

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  • LFP 077 | Allowing Yourself to be a Beginner

    LFP 077 | Allowing Yourself to be a Beginner

    n this episode, you will learn the importance of allowing yourself to be a beginner. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 077. In today’s episode you’ll learn: Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to allow yourself to be a beginner How getting out of your comfort zone helps you A personal experience from Rebecca What you can look …

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  • LFP 076 | Learning to Hear the Small Details in Music

    LFP 076 | Learning to Hear the Small Details in Music

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will be learning all about how to hear the small details in music. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 076. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to relate details in a room to details in a painting How to train your …

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  • LFP 075 | Answering a Question Involving a Flute and a Finger Trap

    LFP 075 | Answering a Question Involving a Flute and a Finger Trap

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about my answer to a student who asked a question involving a flute and a finger trap. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 075. Yeah!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How a flute and a finger trap are similar A …

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  • LFP 074 | An Unexpected Positive Side Effect from Flute Playing

    LFP 074 | An Unexpected Positive Side Effect from Flute Playing

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about an unexpected side effect from flute playing. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 074. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com One of the biggest side effects of learning to play the flute How playing the flute effects your …

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  • LFP 073 | How to Play the Flute With Braces or No Teeth

    LFP 073 | How to Play the Flute With Braces or No Teeth

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will help you learn how to play the flute with braces or no teeth. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 073. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Tips to help you play the flute with braces How playing the flute with …

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  • LFP 072 | An Eye-Opening Discovery I Make at Flute Lessons

    LFP 072 | An Eye-Opening Discovery I Make at Flute Lessons

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about an eye opening discovery I make while teaching flute lessons. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 072. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to know if you need glasses or other eye help How learning …

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  • LFP 071 | Using Music Lessons to Keep Your Brain Limber

    LFP 071 | Using Music Lessons to Keep Your Brain Limber

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to use music lessons in a way that will keep your brain limber. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 071. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How music lessons keep your brain limber An experience from Rebecca’s life Why …

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  • LFP 070 | Move Your Tongue to Fix Your Low Notes

    LFP 070 | Move Your Tongue to Fix Your Low Notes

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to move your tongue to fix your low notes. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 070. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Why your low notes are so difficult How to improve your tone in one step How …

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  • LFP 069 | How to Play the Flute With No Teeth

    LFP 069 | How to Play the Flute With No Teeth

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to play the flute with no teeth. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 069. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The different stages of a flute player How Rebecca has taught students of all different ages and stages How …

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  • LFP 068 | 4 Things You Need to Know When You Are a Beginner Flute Player

    LFP 068 | 4 Things You Need to Know When You Are a Beginner Flute Player

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, all about what I believe the four things you need to know when you are a beginner flute player are. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 068. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Preparing you to become an amazing flutist Helping you …

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  • LFP 067 | How to Save Your Silver Flute

    LFP 067 | How to Save Your Silver Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn exactly how to save your silver flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 067. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is tarnish How you can keep your flute looking shiny and brand new Everything Learn Flute Online has to …

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  • LFP 066 | Articulation Markings – Why the Big Deal?

    LFP 066 | Articulation Markings - Why the Big Deal?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about articulation markings and why they are such a big deal in music. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 066. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How music relates to speech What omission and substitution are Why articulation is so precise …

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  • LFP 065 | A Very Common Flute Mistake

    LFP 065 | A Very Common Flute Mistake

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about a very common flute mistake that beginning flutists usually make. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 065. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Why this mistake is common among flutists How to tongue correctly A demonstration from Rebecca …

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  • LFP 064 | Can Music Really Heal?

    LFP 064 | Can Music Really Heal?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the answer to the question “can music really heal?”. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 064. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Positive effects that music can have on your mind and spirit A person example of how music …

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  • LFP 063 | The Advantages of Being a Self Learner

    LFP 063 | The Advantages of Being a Self Learner

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, we will discuss the advantages of being a self learner. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 063. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What sets you apart from flute learners all over the world The benefits of being a self learner What …

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  • LFP 062 | 9 Steps to Becoming the Flutist You Want to Be Part 2

    LFP 062 | 9 Steps to Becoming the Flutist You Want to Be Part 2

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn 3 more steps to becoming the flutist you want to be. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 062. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A review of the first 3 steps (in episode 061) Why mindfulness is important How to celebrate …

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  • LFP 061 | 9 Steps to Becoming the Flutist You Want to Be

    LFP 061 | 9 Steps to Becoming the Flutist You Want to Be

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn three of the 9 steps to becoming the flutist you want to be. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 061. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Why mindfulness is important What makes a good teacher 3 steps to help you improve What …

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  • LFP 060 | Why are Flute Players Such Good Kissers?

    LFP 060 | Why are Flute Players Such Good Kissers?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn why flute players are such good kissers. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 060. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The debate on which instrument produces the best kissers Why flute players are the best kissers A little assignment for you What …

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  • LFP 059 | A Fancy Trick for Playing on Tune

    LFP 059 | A Fancy Trick for Playing on Tune

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn a fancy trick for playing on tune, including why it works. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 059. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to tell if you’re playing on tune A button on your tuner that you might …

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  • LFP 058 | Trick For Developing Your Ear Even if You Don’t Have One

    LFP 058 | Trick For Developing Your Ear Even if You Don't Have One

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn a trick for developing your ear even if you don’t have one. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 058. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What you can do to develop your ear A personal story from one of …

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  • LFP 057 | Success Traits You Can Use Today

    LFP 057 | Success Traits You Can Use Today

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn some the most important success traits you can use today. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 057. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to have a passion for improvement Why you should remember goals that you have already met How …

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  • LFP 056 | Are Your Emotions a Loose Cannon?

    LFP 056 | Are Your Emotions a Loose Cannon?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about how emotions can influence your ability to learn to play the flute. Including some tips from me. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 056. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What emotional level you are one How emotions can …

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  • LFP 055 | The Judges on The Voice Were Spot On

    LFP 055 | The Judges on The Voice Were Spot On

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about why the judges on The Voice were spot on. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 055. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How much is too much vibrato What makes Learn Flute Online so great What this title has to …

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  • LFP 054 | Discovering the Origin of the Flute

    LFP 054 | Discovering the Origin of the Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will be discovering the origin of the flute with me. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 054. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What the first flutes were made out of When the first silver flute was created Where you can see …

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  • LFP 053 | Continuation – The Natural Way is the Comfortable Way

    LFP 053 | Continuation - The Natural Way is the Comfortable Way

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn more about why the natural way is the comfortable way to play the flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 053. Excited!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What muscles are made of How flute players are similar to athletes Why it …

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  • LFP 052 | The Natural Way is the Comfortable Way to Play the Flute

    LFP 052 | The Natural Way is the Comfortable Way to Play the Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn that the natural way is the comfortable way to play the flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 052. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is Overtrying What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome How to avoid Carpal Tunnel What you can …

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  • LFP 051 | The Effects Music Has On Us All

    LFP 051 | The Effects Music Has On Us All

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about some of the effects music has on us all. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 051. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What the world would be like without music How music effects our emotions What music makes you feel What …

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  • LFP 050 | What I Learned at the National Flute Convention

    LFP 050 | What I Learned at the National Flute Convention

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will get an insight into what I learned at the National Flute Convention. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 050. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What the National Flute Convention is like Specific details about what to expect What you can …

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  • LFP 049 | To Use the Plugs or Not

    LFP 049 | To Use the Plugs or Not

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to decide if you should use the plugs or not.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 049. Yay! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com how to see if you are ready to take plugs out How to take plugs out …

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  • LFP 048 | Using Musical Skills to Enhance Community

    LFP 048 | Using Musical Skills to Enhance Community

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how you can use your musical skills to enhance community. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 048. Exciting!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com An experience Rebecca had Why it is important to build confidence Some of the benefits of being a …

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  • LFP 047 | What to do with a Stinky Flute

    LFP 047 | What to do with a Stinky Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn what to do with a stinky flute including what you need to keep your flute smelling nice.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 047. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Does denatured alcohol help my flute? How to keep …

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  • LFP 046 | The Purpose of the Flute End Cap

    LFP 046 | The Purpose of the Flute End Cap

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the purpose of the flute end cap, including important do’s and don’ts to help you take good care of your instrument. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 046. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to check if …

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  • LFP 045 | What Does the Rose Bush Bring?

    LFP 045 | What Does the Rose Bush Bring?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the rose bush as it relates to music and the arts. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 045. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A story about a beautiful opera house How a rose bush relates to music The …

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  • LFP 044 | Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Heart

    LFP 044 | Getting Out of Your Head and Into Your Heart

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about how to play with emotion by getting out of your head and into your heart. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 044. Yay!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Steps when learning a new piece of music How to play …

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  • LFP 043 | Finding Your Inner Desire

    LFP 043 | Finding Your Inner Desire

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode,  you will learn about how to find your inner desire as it relates to music and learning to play the flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 043. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A fellow student who recently began playing …

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  • LFP 042 | What Was Your Inspiration?

    LFP 042 | What Was Your Inspiration?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the importance of remembering your inspiration and not comparing yourself to others. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 042. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A continuation of the Art of Practicing series A personal story of Rebecca’s musical …

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  • LFP 041 | The Art of Practicing Part 2

    LFP 041 | The Art of Practicing Part 2

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn more about the art of practicing and the importance of being positive as you practice. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 041. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A review from The Art of Practicing Part 1 A real …

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  • LFP 040 | The Art of Practicing Part 1

    LFP 040 | The Art of Practicing Part 1

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the art of practicing including some important tips that will help you practice longer and better. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 040. Super excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Picturing practicing How to find your happy bubble space How …

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  • LFP 039 | How To Travel With Your Flute

    LFP 039 | How To Travel With Your Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to travel with your flute on airplanes, buses, or cars including a few tips to protect your flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 039. Yay! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The best way to travel …

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  • LFP 038 | Why Is My Flute Silent?

    LFP 038 | Why Is My Flute Silent?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, we will be answering the question “Why is my flute silent?” including how to make sure your flute stays in tip top condition. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 038. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to tell if your flute …

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  • LFP 037 | Can I Buy a Flute at the Grocery Store?

    LFP 037 | Can I Buy a Flute at the Grocery Store?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the question “can I buy a flute at the grocery store?” and whether or not it’s a good idea. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 037. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Why you need a …

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  • LFP 036| How To Make Learning Music Easy

    LFP 036| How To Make Learning Music Easy

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to make learning music easy by following Rebecca’s lessons step by step. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 036. So exciting! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Why you should follow Rebecca’s lessons in order How to have patience …

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  • LFP 035 | Parent Child Duo in Learning an Instrument

    LFP 035 | Parent Child Duo in Learning an Instrument

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about the importance of a parent child duo in learning an instrument. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 035. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is a parent child duo How it can benefit you and your …

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  • LFP 034 | How To Combat Practice Fatigue

    LFP 034 | How To Combat Practice Fatigue

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to combat practice fatigue as well as eight simple ways to prevent it. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 034. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is practice fatigue A story about Rebecca’s son practicing 8 ways …

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  • LFP 033 | Can I Play The Flute With Cold Hands?

    LFP 033 | Can I Play The Flute With Cold Hands?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the answer to the question, “Can I play the flute with cold hands?”. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 033. So excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What can happen to your flute if you play in really …

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  • LFP 032 | The Difference Between the Intermediate Level and Other Levels

    LFP 032 | The Difference Between the Intermediate Level and Other Levels

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the difference between the Intermediate Level and the other levels I provide in Learn Flute Online as well as what you can expect from each level. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 032. Yay! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is …

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  • LFP 031 | An Aha Learning Moment

    LFP 031 | An Aha Learning Moment

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will share an aha learning moment from one of your fellow flutists and teach you all about the four stages of learning. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 031. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is an Aha moment What …

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  • LFP 030 | What Does Pull Out and Push In Mean On Flute

    LFP 030 | What Does Pull Out and Push In Mean On Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn what pull out and push in means on the flute.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 030. So Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The basics of how to tune your flute The history of a longer head joint …

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  • LFP 029 | Why Play The Scale Before The Tune

    LFP 029 | Why Play The Scale Before The Tune

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will answer a question I received from one of my students. “Why do we need to learn to play the scale before the tune?” This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 029. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How you can …

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  • LFP 028 | How To Store Your Flute In Different Seasons

    LFP 028 | How To Store Your Flute In Different Seasons

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn some very very important tips to make sure you store your flute the right way. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 028. Super excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to make sure your flute does not get …

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  • LFP 027 | Tips On How To Hold That Slippery Flute

    LFP 027 | Tips On How To Hold That Slippery Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, Rebecca will give you some amazing tips on how to hold that slippery flute.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 027. Yeah!  You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Some key balance points to help you hold the flute Why you should use your …

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  • LFP 026 | A Common Mistake When Learning How To Play The Flute

    LFP 026 | A Common Mistake When Learning How To Play The Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn all about a very common mistake when learning how to play the flute…skipping rests!! This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 026. Super excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The most common mistake students make when learning a new …

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  • LFP 025 | What To Do With A Bendy Thumb and Flute Playing

    LFP 025 | What To Do With A Bendy Thumb and Flute Playing

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, we’re going to be discovering what to do if you have one of those famous bendy thumbs. As well as how having a bendy thumb and flute playing will effect you.  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 025. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast …

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  • LFP 024 | Another Piece of Important Equipment for Flutists

    LFP 024 | Another Piece of Important Equipment for Flutists

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about another piece of important equipment for flutists…the metronome!  This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 024. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What equipment you need to become an even better flutist Why the metronome is so important to …

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  • LFP 023 | Is Music On Your Bucket List?

    LFP 023 | Is Music On Your Bucket List?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the first steps in becoming an accomplished flutist. Is music on your bucket list? This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 023. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How you can begin your path towards checking music off …

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  • LFP 022 | What should you look at first in sheet music?

    LFP 022 | What should you look at first in sheet music?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, we will answer the question ‘What should you look at first in sheet music?’ so you can become an excellent music reader. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 022. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The first things to look at …

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  • LFP 021 | The Best Kind of Mistakes to Make in Flute Playing

    LFP 021 | The Best Kind of Mistakes to Make in Flute Playing

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the best kind of mistakes to make in flute playing as well as a great routine for your daily practicing. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 021. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to make sure …

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  • LFP 020 | What Level is Proficient on Flute?

    LFP 020 | What Level is Proficient on Flute?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn what level is proficient on flute as well as how to make goals that will get you there. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 020. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What proficiency is How to make goals that …

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  • LFP 019 | Why Is The Low C So Hard On Flute?

    LFP 019 | Why Is The Low C So Hard On Flute?

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will answer the question of “Why is the low C so hard on flute?” as well as give you some great tips to help you play it well. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 019. Amazing! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to …

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  • LFP 018 | The Priceless Gift of Music Lessons

    LFP 018 | The Priceless Gift of Music Lessons

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will explain the amazing gift of music lessons and the gifts you can get from taking lessons. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 018. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about: Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A testimonial from one of Rebecca’s online students The benefits you …

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  • LFP 017 | How to Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    LFP 017 | How to Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to create and accomplish your flute goals. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 017. Super Fun! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to create some goals that are right for you The first steps in accomplishing your goals Why …

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  • LFP 016 | Left Handed Flute Selection

    LFP 016 | Left Handed Flute Selection

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about a few things that make the flute unique. As well as whether or not you need a left handed flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 016. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Whether there are left …

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  • LFP 015 | Where to Store Your Flute Cleaning Cloth

    LFP 015 | Where to Store Your Flute Cleaning Cloth

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to keep your flute looking brand new by cleaning it properly. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 015. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to keep your flute in tip top shape The best way to clean …

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  • LFP 014 | How Your Lungs Power The Flute

    LFP 014 | How Your Lungs Power The Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the role your lungs play in making your flute sound beautiful. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 014. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How your lungs power the flute The best way to breathe while playing …

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  • LFP 013 | Tips to Line up A Flute

    LFP 013 | Tips to Line up A Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the most important tips to line up a flute to use when putting your flute together. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 013. This is muy importante! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to properly put your flute …

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  • LFP 012 | Important Tips For Selecting the Headjoint That Fits You

    LFP 012 | Important Tips For Selecting the Headjoint That Fits You

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the most important tips for selecting the headjoint that fits you. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 012. Yeah! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Whether or not flutes have different sized headjoints How to find a new flute and …

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  • LFP 011 | How to Avoid Unwanted Flute Sounds

    LFP 011 | How to Avoid Unwanted Flute Sounds

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will teach how to avoid unwanted flute sounds while playing and practicing. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 011. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What sounds you don’t want while you play the flute How to rid your tone of unwanted …

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  • LFP 010 | How to Step Up Your Musical Ability

    LFP 010 | How to Step Up Your Musical Ability

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn some tricks on how to step up your musical ability. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 010. Everyone wants to be a better musician! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to hurdle yourself into the next level of musicianship Why …

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  • LFP 009 | The Importance of Everyday Practice

    LFP 009 | The Importance of Everyday Practice

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will be giving you tips for making everyday practice a habit on your flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 009. This is important! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to make flute practicing a priority Why practicing in the morning is a …

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  • LFP 008 | Offset G Explanation

    LFP 008 | Offset G Explanation

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn about the offset G versus the in-line G on the flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 008. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com What is an offset G Whether you should have an offset G flute or …

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  • LFP 007 | Tips for Great Tone

    LFP 007 | Tips for Great Tone

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will give you some amazing tips for great tone on your flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 007. Remember these! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to perfect your tone Learn how to enjoy playing the flute Exercises to bring out your …

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  • LFP 006 | How to Avoid a Brown Tarnished Flute

    LFP 006 | How to Avoid a Brown Tarnished Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn how to avoid a brown tarnished flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 006. Very important! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com A real life experience from a flute student in Holland How to prevent your flute from becoming brown …

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  • LFP 005 |The Difference Between an Open and Closed Hole Flute

    LFP 005 |The Difference Between an Open and Closed Hole Flute

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn the difference between open and closed flutes. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 005. Yay! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Whether you should buy an open or closed hole flute The difference between an open and closed hole flute What …

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  • LFP 004 |Flute Tips for Better Breathing

    LFP 004 |Flute Tips for Better Breathing

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn a great way to help your breathing while playing the flute. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 004. Yeah! Better breathing! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com How to have the best breathing techniques while playing the flute Ways to …

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  • LFP 003 |Finger Coordination Tips

    LFP 003 |Finger Coordination Tips

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, you will learn a fancy trick to help your fingers become more coordinated. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 003. Excited! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com The difference between learning piano and flute A neat exercise/game for better coordinated fingers How a bowl of …

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  • LFP 002 |Tips and Tricks

    LFP 002 |Tips and Tricks

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I will explain some important tips to help all you flute students. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 002. Yeah!   You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com Tips on getting to be an even more fluent flute player Rebecca’s story about finding a …

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  • LFP 001 | Introduction to Podcast

    LFP 001 | Introduction to Podcast

    Learn Flute Podcast SHOW NOTES: In this episode, I introduce myself a bit and what you can expect from this Learn Flute podcast. This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 001. Yeah!  The first one!! You’ll learn: What this podcast will be all about Information on this podcast is supplemental to learnfluteonline.com What kind of flute is this all about Rebecca’s unexpected discovery …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Is the End Cap of a Flute Important?

    Is th End Cap of a Flute Important_

    Is the end cap of a flute important? In this article, we will be talking all about what the flute end cap is and why the flute has an end cap. So let’s get right to the point. The end cap is that little tiny metal circle that’s at the very top of your head joint …

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  • How to Take Care of My Flute

    How to Take Care of My Flute

    So, you’re brand new to playing in the flute (yay!) and you need to know how to take proper care of this beautiful new instrument that you’ve acquired. So here are a few important tips for taking care of your flute. The first important tip to know for taking care of your flute, is the proper …

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  • How Often Should My Flute See a Technician?

    How Often Should My Flute See a Technician

    Flutes are a very intricate instrument, and their ability to play precisely is very dependent on two things; the operator and the instrument itself. It’s important to keep the flute in prime condition so that the operator can focus on their abilities and not be hampered by mechanical issues. This may make us wonder how …

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  • Scratches On My Flute

    Scratches on My Flute

    “Where do those tiny little scratches on my flute come from? My flute is pretty new, and I didn’t notice them before at all.” Oh boy. This is a common theme amongst flutists who have received a nice, shiny new flute. They just feel so badly when they notice that it has lots of fine little …

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  • How To Align Your Flute

    How to align your flute

    Learning how to align your flute is very important when going to play. It has an effect on your sound, position, tone, fingering, etc. In this article, we’ll explore how to align your flute. It’s one of the first, best things you can learn. Lining up the head joint is important. Trying to sound good and …

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  • How to Keep Your Flute from Turning Brown with Tarnish

    How to Keep Your Flute From Turning Brown with Tarnish

    When you first set sight on your new flute it was shiny shiny shiny, wasn’t it?  Take a look at it now.  What happened? It’s okay.  No panic.  I’ll help you. Leaving it out in the air causes a big problem for the silver.   First, put your flute away in its case each and every single day (including …

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  • Do NOT Clean Your Flute Pads With a Dollar Bill

    Do Not Clean Your Flute Pads with a Dollar Bill

      I have heard so many interesting flute maintenance over the years, but this one keeps recurring. I think it’s high-time I help the world put a stop to spreading this “poor” flute cleaning information. Do NOT clean your flute pads with a dollar bill! Band teachers in certain areas seem to think that a dirty old dollar …

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  • Flute Cloths The Winner Is

    Flute Cloth

    Flute cloths And the winner is…. This is just a total “teaser” to this article about “The Grossest Flute Cleaning Cloth I Have EVER Seen”. Here’s the story: I have a new flute student I’ve been working with for a few weeks, and I’ve been talking to her about the condition of her flute and how to get …

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  • How To Know The Condition of Your Flute

    How to Know the Condition of My Flute

    I teach a lot of flute lessons, and I have seen many flutes in my days. 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 …

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  • How To Properly Take A Flute Apart

    How to Properly Take Your Flute Apart

    When taking flute lessons from a really knowledgeable flute teacher, you should be taught how to properly take a flute apart first thing.  But, I know that sometimes the little details can be overlooked, and ultimately cost your flute’s life to end early. Sound dramatic? It is. In all seriousness this is one of THE most common mistakes …

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  • Flutes Cars and Sunshine

    Flute Cars and Sunshine

    You’re probably wondering what Flutes, Cars, and Sunshine have to do with each other. Actually, this is a very important article for anyone learning how to play the flute. I’m sure you don’t like to throw your good money away by having a mishap such as the one described in this article. So, flute learners; read …

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  • Popcorn! In your flute?

    Popcorn, In Your Flute

    I once had a young student who came to her lesson saying that her flute wouldn’t play.  I asked her to take it out and we could check to see what was going on with it. She took it out of the case, put it together and proceeded to try to blow some notes for me. …

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  • Flute Care Cleaning Germs

    Flute Care Cleaning Germs

    Okay, this is kind of a funny subject I know.  But, have you ever wondered how many gross germs are sitting on your lip plate? I’m not sure if I’m a germaphobe, but my gut instinct says that every once-in-a-while I should wipe those germs with something other than a flute rag. Clean your flute with …

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  • My Flute Won’t Play – Popped Springs

    My Flute Won't Play Popped Springs

    I have an awesome video demonstration of this article in Module 4: Oh No! I immediately say, “check for popped springs.”   When a student tells me that “my flute won’t play”, I immediately say “check for popped springs”. They always say, “Springs?” Your flute has some thin, tiny little metal sticks that we call springs. Most of the keys on your …

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  • How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

    How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

    How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use Please watch the video below and read the article included.  Good luck! I recently had a nice dad email me over the choice of flutes for his young daughter.  They are going to be learning online from me.  We were lucky enough to be able to meet …

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  • Leave It Out or Put It Away?

    Learn Your Flute Out or Put it Away

    Should I leave my flute out or put it away back in its case? This is an easy one. #1 answer: Put it away. It’s so sad to see the shiny go away.   Our flutes gets so tarnished when they are left out for long periods of time.  It’s so sad to see the shiny go away.  And it …

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  • Stuck Footjoint!

    Stuck Flute Footjoint

    I have been teaching for more than 22 years (at the time of writing this article), and I have encountered this same problem only twice.  And, both times happened within the last 6 months to two of my students.   I’ll explain: When the flute is properly put together the joints are to be “twisted” into …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • How Another’s Talent Can Become Your Own

    How Anothers Talent Can Become Your Own

    I know that just by reading the title of this article you are wondering, is it even possible to raise your talent abilities through others? In this article I want to discuss with you how another’s talent can become your own. Think back with me for a moment to when you were younger and you followed …

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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 …

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  • A Piggy Flute Performance

    A Piggy Flute Performance

    This could possibly be one of my all-time favorite flute performances.  I may have posted this before.  I like it so much that I don’t really care.  It’s good.  If you haven’t seen it, this is your lucky day!  (or unlucky day, if you don’t care for the pig) It is definitely a piggy flute …

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  • Music Changes the World

    Music Changes the World

    Music has really had such an impact on my life. In fact, music has had an impact on everyone’s lives- on the whole planet! Let’s take a minute today to talk about how music changes the world. First, music makes us FEEL a certain way. Music sets moods and creates the perfect atmospheres in any situation- …

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  • What Is The Difference Between the Bansuri and the Concert Flute?

    What Is The Difference Between the Bansuri and the Concert Flute-

    The difference between the Bansuri (India) and the concert flute is actually quite a long list, and there are a number of similarities as well. For example, the Bansuri is a true flute meaning that it is blown ‘across’ instead of ‘into’. It is a hollow tube of certain lengths with one end capped to …

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  • History Of Classical Music Part 3

    History of Classical Music Part 3

    In this History of Classical Music Part 3 article, we’ll discover a few of the different composer names that are important to the genre, as well as some other important names you’ll recognize as well. In part 1 of this series we learned that the term ‘Classical’ has two different meanings. In part 2 we learned …

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  • History Of Classical Music Part 2

    History of Classical Music Part 2

    In this History of Classical Music Part 2, we learn a bit more about what you as a budding musician need to know, and why it should affect your playing. In the previous article we learned that the word “Classical” has two different meanings: One is that the term ‘Classical’ can be describing any music that …

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  • History of Classical Music Part 1

    History of Classical Music Part 1

    As a flute player, you may not even realize how important it is to know more about the history of music and especially the history of classical of music especially. Today in this article we’ll take a brief look at this genre ‘name’, but most likely we’ll continue the discussion in a future lesson. There are certain …

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  • History Of The Flute

    History of Flute

    The history of the flute is definitely interesting. It is probably the oldest known instrument of them all aside from a percussion instrument like beating on something (drum) with a stick. I found an article where historians found a carved bone in a cave in Northern France. This instrument appeared to be an ancient flute. It …

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  • Influential Composers for Flutists

    Influential Composers for Flutists

    There are sooo many influential composers for flutists who have had an influence on music! So what I would like to do is create a list of composers that have had an influence on me and my flute journey. It will be exciting to see which composers will be in your journey! Bach We are so lucky …

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  • Music Genres and Why It Matters

    Music Genres and Why It Matters

    “Genre – what is this word? What does it mean for my playing?” Genre is a word that comes from the 19th century French word for “kind”. It’s basically a term for classifications of form style or structure.  So, music genres are styles and forms of music. For example: Let’s say you love movies about people …

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  • What is the Difference Between Do Re Mi and A B C

    What is the Difference Between Do Re Mi and A B C

    Depending on which country you are from in this beautiful world you may have been introduced to music theory in a different way. Some countries use do re mi fa sol la ti do, and some countries use alphabet letters instead. So, what is the difference between Do Re Me and A B C really? And …

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  • What Is That Song?

    What IS That Song

      When I first started teaching flute many years ago, I had the benefit of teaching part time in a nice music store in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.  The staff there was very friendly and knowledgeable.  One thing I did often was walk into the sheet music section of the store and find …

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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 …

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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 …

    Read more…
  • 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 …

    Read more…
  • 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • What Does Texture Mean In Music?

    What Does Texture Mean in Music-

    There are lots of things we need to think about when we play and perform. Tone, air, notes, as well as staying together with our pianist, recording track or other people. One thing that sometimes we forget is that texture is an important thing to think about too. If we are supposed to think about …

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  • Practicing to Perform the Flute

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    Alright! Your big day has finally come! All of the hard work you have been doing is about to pay off. Its performance time, and you have butterflies spinning all over your stomach. You tighten your grip on your flute and find that it feels cold and slippery to the touch. Oh boy…..here we go….. Whether …

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  • 3 Ways to Cure Stage Fright for Flutists

    3 Ways to Cure Stage Fright for Flutists

    I am here to attest that stage fright for flutists is a very real condition.  When I began performing (even at a young age), I had a few very LARGE problems that prevented me from performing at my best. In fact, they prevented me from performing a lot of times because they were such a big deal. First, …

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  • How To Improve My Timing

    How to Improve My Timing

    This article will help you to get that timing performing on the flute right on so there isn’t any confusion or frustrating spots. In short, you’ll be able to have a wonderful experience performing.

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  • What Major and Minor Keys Feel Like

    What Major and Minor Keys Feel Like

    Have you noticed that all notes, scales, and keys make you feel a little different? How they even make you think of something specific? Well, that’s what music does! It’s supposed to make you feel emotion-happy, sad, excited, scared, etc. Some people even see colors when playing in a specific key! One way they do this …

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  • Distractions While Performing On The Flute

    Distractions While Performing On The Flute

    Everybody is different in how they memorize or perform, but taking care of distractions while performing on the flute can help a lot when trying to play things memorized. It’s especially fun when you can just take your flute and go play. Sometimes, though, we have some pretty crazy distractions that keep us from having …

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  • Stage Frightened Flutists with Memorized Music

    Stage Frightened Flutists with Memorized Music

    Do you have a hard time playing music memorized? Especially in front of a group of people, or even judges? This is not uncommon so don’t be alarmed. There are many stage frightened flutists. In this article there will be some tips and hints to help you perform music memorized beautifully. There are many reasons as …

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  • Flute in Church

    Flute in Church

    The older I get the more thankful I am that I chose the flute as an instrument I wanted to excel at.  It is the most perfect instrument for worship services. I have been able to use my talent literally hundreds (maybe pushing thousands) of times! I feel a responsibility to help bring the spirit into the …

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  • Start Overs?

    Starting Over in Performance

      I was involved in a 4 hour master class yesterday at a University here in Utah.  During the master class on 2 different occasions, students had troubles with the entrance into their performance pieces.  The first time, the student just continued on after all the blurping at the beginning, and continued to blurp the whole …

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  • To Bow or Not to Bow?

    To Bow or Not to Bow

    I get this question every once-in-a-while.  Do I bow or not at the beginning and the end of my performance – or just the end? Answer:  It depends. If your audience is applauding as you enter the performing area (ie; stage), then yes, you do bow.  It is your courteous acknowledgement of their applause. If your audience is …

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  • Song Choice for Flute

    Song Choice for Flute

      “Song Choice”.  For some reason I feel like American Idol is coining this phrase.  But, I’ve been using it for years. When choosing a piece to practice or perform, where should we turn?  Well, it depends on if the choice is ours or our teacher’s.  For the sake of this article, the choice will be ours …

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  • A Very Motivating Practice

    A Very Motivating Practice

    As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively. My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot.  My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week. This has …

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  • How to be First Chair in Band

    How to be First Chair in Band

    You are ready to show up and be an even better flute player than you are right now. Congratulations! Now, let’s get you to be first chair in band. Here’s a little blueprint to help you become the flutist who sits in the first chair position. It is more important to feel like a First Chair Flutist …

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  • The Benefits of Slow Practice

    The Benefits of Slow Practice

    What is slow practice? And how can it benefit me? Today in this article, I want to answer both these questions and go a little more in depth on the benefits of slow practice. Many of you know that throughout the Membership modules here at Learn Flute Online there is a wide variety of pieces to …

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  • How to Practice the Flute More Consistently

    How to Practice the Flute More Consistently

    As musicians we all know the dread that comes when we’re in the practicing slums. It’s not easy. We know that we need to practice our instrument, and really want to, but lack the motivation to do so. Therefore the question is raised “How do I find the motivation to keep practicing?” Through research and …

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  • 3 Perks You Gain From Playing Your Instrument Daily

    3 Perks You Gain From Playing Your Instrument Daily

    The benefits of learning to play a musical instrument are many, but did you know that there are added bonuses when it happens more regularly? There are especially 3 perks you gain from playing your instrument daily. Playing every single day makes it so that you can relax more through your list of flute to-do’s instead …

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  • 3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

    3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

    Learning how to play the flute can bring you a lifetime of joy and fun. Here are the top 3 tips to help you start playing the flute right. Relax your new embouchure. Using just your head joint is the best way to accomplish this. No need to hurry onto the whole flute quite yet. Spend time …

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  • A Flute Skills Check Up: How Do You Rate?

    A Flute Skills Check Up How Do You Rate

    It’s time to gain a little reality on your music competence. Are you on the path to where you want to go? There are certain things you should be accomplishing to get to the point where playing the flute is easy and fun. Let’s do a flute-skills check-up: How do you rate? Novice Level: If you haven’t …

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  • Stretches for Flute Players

    Stretches for Flute Players

    Just like an athlete stretches and warms up before a practice or a big game, flute players must also. In this article I want to share with you some good stretches for flute players that I use. Are any of you early-morning flute practicers? These stretches will be especially helpful for you as your body is …

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  • How to Play Flute With a Metronome

    How to Play Flute With a Metronome

    Learning how to play the flute with a metronome isn’t as complicated as it may sound. The metronome is a device you can view as your friend. It will help you gain the skills you need to become a well settled musician. The metronome helps you feel a steady beat. This is especially helpful to new …

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  • How Much Should I Practice The Flute

    How Much Should I Practice The Flute

    How much should I practice the flute? Great question! A musician can greatly improve their skills by adding extra practice sessions weekly or daily. So how much is enough? How much is too much? One might think that by working round the clock, a learning flute-player can quickly excel through the levels. The downfall to this …

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  • How To Prevent a Frustrating Practice

    How To Prevent a Frustrating Practice

    I know you’ve probably heard of people beginning to learn an instrument when they are young and then quitting early on in the game. As I’ve researched the many different reasons why people stop playing, I’ve found that the most common reason is because of the dreaded word ‘practice’. Today let’s discuss how to prevent …

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  • What are Long Tones?

    What are Long Tones

    Recently I had a student email me and ask: “What are long tones? I know you recommend them to use in my warm-ups each day but I’m not sure exactly what they are.” First of all, I am so happy that a student asked me this question, because I consider long tones to be an essential part …

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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 …

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  • How to Use A Metronome

    The Metronome for Flutists (1)

    How to use a metronome is an interesting subject, and a very important one at that. When we flute players graduate from blowing our lips off to get those first few tones, using a metronome is probably very far from our minds. Learning how to use a metronome in the earlier stages of flute playing …

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  • How to Remember Music Even Better

    How to Remember Music Even Better

    I was asked about how the brain creates memory links with the pieces we are playing, and what that means for learning how to remember music even better. Some people call this practicing When we practice our flute it’s best if we have mapped out the special skills or parts that need the most help. I talk about …

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  • Practicing to Perform the Flute

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    Alright! Your big day has finally come! All of the hard work you have been doing is about to pay off. Its performance time, and you have butterflies spinning all over your stomach. You tighten your grip on your flute and find that it feels cold and slippery to the touch. Oh boy…..here we go….. Whether …

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  • 3 tips for getting your flute playing to the next level

    3 tips for getting your flute playing to the next level

    There is a time in every musician’s life when they really just want to be better than they are. It happens to everyone.  There seems to be an sixth sense in a flute-player’s bones that is always striving to be better. This article will help you get your flute playing to the next level. Perhaps you …

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  • Finding Time to Practice Your Flute

    Finding Time to Practice Your Flute

    Tips for Finding Time to Practice Your Flute It can be really hard to fit everything in one day, it’s liked doing a juggling act! And the older we get, the busier we become. As the saying goes, “You’ll never have as much time as you have right now”. But here are some principles of practicing to …

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  • How To Improve My Timing

    How to Improve My Timing

    This article will help you to get that timing performing on the flute right on so there isn’t any confusion or frustrating spots. In short, you’ll be able to have a wonderful experience performing.

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  • The Practice Spot Part 2

    The Practice Spot Part 2

    Have you ever been playing a beautiful flute piece that you’ve worked so hard and so long on and then mess up in the same spot over and over again? Did you find yourself missing the same notes or rhythms over and over and over again in your practice time? We’ve all been there. Don’t …

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  • Warding Off Dementia With Flute Practice

    Warding off Dementia with Flute Practice

    Since I teach flute students of all ages I felt it important to point out how practicing the flute can ward of dementia in the later days of life. It may not cure dementia, but it can definitely help. Many people across the world are suffering from dementia, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors and Researchers are doing …

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  • How to Get Clearer Flute Tone in the Mornings

    How to Get Clearer Flute Tone in the Mornings

    How to Get Clearer Flute Tone in the Mornings As far as a subject I often teach at flute lessons, this is one you may never have actually thought about.  But, after reading this you’ll be glad I chose to write about it. It makes me frustrated and wonder what happened. Sometimes when I wake up in the …

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  • Are You Using The 3 P’s of Practice?

    Are You Using the 3 Ps of Practice

    The 3 P’s to improving your flute practice session: We all wish we could push a magic button (insert sparkly music here) and suddenly know how to play the flute music we desire perfectly. Well, we wish it happened this way, but I’m here today to tell you that it CAN happen more quickly than you think …

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  • The Practice Spot

    The Practice Spot for Flutists

    Have you ever been learning a certain piece and had it almost all completed and polished except the practice spot? I have.  And I know my students have as well.  I spend large portions of my teaching time helping students make it through these elusive trouble spots. Some students even ask me if they can play the …

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  • 100 Days of Flute Practice

    100 Days of Flute Practice

    Every year beginning on January 1st I ask my studio to begin a 100 day contest.  During this contest students must remember to practice each and every day without missing a single one. Hard? For some.  But, you’d be surprised at the number of winners I have each year.  The first year was a test to see …

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  • The metronome for flutists

    The metronome for flutists

    So, I have an older son (18) who used to only use the metronome in practice if I told him he had to.  He didn’t fight me on it, he just didn’t prefer it.  I used to explain to him the benefits of letting it help him find a steady beat.  I also encouraged him …

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  • How to Count Triplets

    How to Count Triplets

    Triplet notes can be a little tricky when you are first learning how to count and play them. Today I want to share some simple tricks and techniques that I use to count triplets so you can have some new fun with your flute. First, let’s make sure that we all know what a triplet is. …

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  • How to Organize Your Flute Music

    How to Organize Your Flute Sheet Music

    As you begin playing the flute, collecting music to play becomes a natural hobby. The more you find and collect, the more you can play! In this article, I am going to give you some tips to help you organize your flute music so you can continue your collection. This is one great way to organize your …

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  • The First Things You Can do With New Flute Sheet Music to Ensure Speedier Success

    The First Things You Can do ith New Flute Sheet Music to Ensure Speedier Success

    Love new music? Me too. Today, I’d like show you the first things you can do with new flute sheet music to ensure speedier success. This can make a huge difference in your ability to learn the piece easily, quickly, and correctly. I recently had a lesson day with a whole set of students who were …

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  • How to Quickly Learn Your Flute Scales

    How to Quickly Learn Your Flute Scales

    Scales are a very important tool that every flutist needs in their repertoire. As you are first learning though, scales are often seen as one of those ‘boring’ tasks you have to add to your practice schedule before you get to the good stuff. Sound familiar? In this article I want to teach you how to …

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  • Flute Sheet Music is Slightly Unique

    Flute Sheet Music is Slightly Unique

    Not all instruments are created equal, in fact they are all different. The specific way the music is written for a flute needs to be learned even if you already read notes. Even if you already read music you need to know that flute sheet music is slightly unique. I receive this question almost weekly here …

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  • Can The Flute Play Violin Music?

    Can The Flute Play Violin Music-

    The flute is considered a C instrument and plays anything in the treble clef. So, can the flute play violin music? Yes, yes it can. And you can do so without even knowing how to transpose music. A whole new world of tunes opens up when you realize that the flute is a chromatic instrument, and …

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  • Learning About Flute Articulation Markings

    Learning About Flute Articulation Markings

    When you are first learning how to read music, there are just so many different dots, lines, and symbols to learn. In this article we will be learning about flute articulation markings so you can be on your way to reading music like a professional. First, you need to know how important it is that …

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  • The Real Truth About Sight Reading

    The Real Truth About Sight Reading

    Since you are learning how to play an instrument (flute?), I thought I’d give you the 411, you know- the real truth about sight reading. For all the effort you’re going through, I think you deserve it. You deserve it, but are you ready for the truth? Okay. Here goes: There’s really no alternatives or special ‘super-tricks’ …

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  • What is a Grace Note for Flute?

    What is a Grace Note for Flute

    One of the most fun parts of learning to play the flute is when your level becomes advanced enough to start inserting ornaments such as trills and grace notes. So, what is a grace note for flute anyway? My way to describe the grace note is like a ‘pre-thought’ or a quick embellishment just before the …

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  • What Is a Flute Trill?

    What is a Flute Trill

    The flute trill is one of the most fun sounds a flutist can make. You may have heard people mention that they enjoy the chirping, fluttery, sounds that a flute can make. Let’s explore what it really is so you can understand even more for learning how to play the flute. Around the month of December …

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  • Sight Reading On Flute

    Sight Reading On Flute

    You may have heard someone or a even a teacher mention sight reading before. But, what does it mean? And how can knowing about these words help you with sight reading on flute? First, it’s an easy definition. Sight Reading means that there is music being read off of a sheet that has never been seen …

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  • Tone Color For Flute

    Tone Color For Flute

    What is ‘tone color’ for flute, and why do you need to know about it? Tone color is the quality of the sound you are either hearing or creating. Basically it is what helps you decide what adjective to use to describe the sound. This is beyond whether or not someone has a good sound that …

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  • Can I Learn to Play by Ear?

    Can I Learn to Play by Ear

    Can I learn to play by ear, or is that something I need to be born with? This is more of a common question than you think. And the answer is yes, yes you can learn to play by ear, and no you don’t need to be born with this ability. You CAN learn to play by …

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  • How To Improve My Timing

    How to Improve My Timing

    This article will help you to get that timing performing on the flute right on so there isn’t any confusion or frustrating spots. In short, you’ll be able to have a wonderful experience performing.

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  • Read Flute Music Faster Today!

    Read Flute Music Faster Today

    Have you ever been playing the flute, reading music, and can’t catch up to the metronome, the piano accompaniment, or to who we may be “dueting” with at the time without mistakes? Then, you think to yourself, “I know I can play better than this!” or “Why can’t I play this faster?” Sometimes, our brains …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • How to Trill Better on Flute

    How to Trill Better on Flute

    Do your fingers feel slow or stuck when you’re trying to trill? You’re not alone. Here are some simple tips to learning how to trill better on flute. Trills are one of the exciting sounds a flutist can make on their instrument, and not being able to execute them as well as you want is frustrating. …

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  • Flute sounds flat? No worries..

    Why does my flute sound flat

    Wonder why your flute sounds flat? Noticing you’re out of tune is a good first step, but droopy, flat tone isn’t pretty. You may be stuck wondering “Why does my flute sound flat?” And, you may wonder if it’s your flute that has the problem or something you’re doing as you play that is the …

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  • Why Are My High Notes Sharp?

    Why are my high notes sharp

    Are your high notes always super sharp? In this article I will give you several things you can do to play high notes on tune. Recently, I had a student tell me that after they tune their flute at the beginning of their practicing, they start playing and find that almost all of their high notes …

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  • 3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

    3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

    Learning how to play the flute can bring you a lifetime of joy and fun. Here are the top 3 tips to help you start playing the flute right. Relax your new embouchure. Using just your head joint is the best way to accomplish this. No need to hurry onto the whole flute quite yet. Spend time …

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  • A Flute Skills Check Up: How Do You Rate?

    A Flute Skills Check Up How Do You Rate

    It’s time to gain a little reality on your music competence. Are you on the path to where you want to go? There are certain things you should be accomplishing to get to the point where playing the flute is easy and fun. Let’s do a flute-skills check-up: How do you rate? Novice Level: If you haven’t …

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  • Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

    Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

    Did you learn how to play an instrument as a child? Were you older when you started playing the flute? There are many benefits of having music lessons in your lifetime, faster thinking, better discipline, are just a couple of music perks, and you may be surprised to hear that fast fingers are another benefit …

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  • Why Does My Flute Squeak?

    Why Does My Flute Squeak-

    Is it the instrument, or you? Super high pitches that make you jump are actually quite solvable once you know what is actually happening. The answer to “Why does my flute squeak?” is a combination of air speed and angles. It’s safe to say that the instrument itself doesn’t make any sharp, high-pitched sounds itself until …

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  • How to Quickly Learn Your Flute Scales

    How to Quickly Learn Your Flute Scales

    Scales are a very important tool that every flutist needs in their repertoire. As you are first learning though, scales are often seen as one of those ‘boring’ tasks you have to add to your practice schedule before you get to the good stuff. Sound familiar? In this article I want to teach you how to …

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  • Secrets to Not Feeling so Winded on Flute

    Secrets to Not Feeling so Winded on Flute

    When a flutist is just learning how to play the flute, breathing can be one of the most difficult things to get the hang of. Once you find your perfect ‘spot’ and can begin making a noise out of your flute, the next step is to find out how to hold the notes. In this …

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  • The Impossible Low C and C# on the Flute

    The Impossible Low C and C# on the Flute

    I’ve given many lessons and lectured several times about the subject of the impossible low C and C# on the flute, but today will take a new twist and look at a habit that is possibly and probably making your effort to play these notes even more futile. There are hundreds of thousands of learning flute-players …

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  • Why Is My Flute So Out of Tune?

    Why Is My Flute So Out of Tune- (1)

    There are many reasons a flute can sound ‘off’. Intonation is oftentimes a work in progress for a learning flutist because we create our tone through our air stream. We can’t always blame our instrument for our sound. So “Why is my flute so out of tune?” So many ways to change pitch! Are you sharp? Are …

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  • The Key to Single and Double Tonguing on the Flute

    The Key to Single and Double Tonguing on the Flute

    Learning to single and double tongue well is imperative for flute players. In this article I will teach you the key to tonguing like a pro. As students are just beginning to play the flute, learning how to tongue and articulate each note is very important. Once they are able to play each note and …

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  • The Recipe to Learn to Play the Flute Without Taking a Lifetime

    The Recipe to Learn to Play the Flute Without Taking a Lifetime

    I always say that flute players are some of the smartest and most organized musicians out there (I may be a little biased haha). It seems to me that flute players have some sort of built in desire to push themselves to be the best they can be. This tends to overflow into more than …

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  • What are Long Tones?

    What are Long Tones

    Recently I had a student email me and ask: “What are long tones? I know you recommend them to use in my warm-ups each day but I’m not sure exactly what they are.” First of all, I am so happy that a student asked me this question, because I consider long tones to be an essential part …

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  • A Guide For Playing Music From the Heart

    A Guide for Playing Music From the Heart

    There are people who play musical instruments, and then there are ‘musicians’. They aren’t the same, and your heart knows the difference even if your ears aren’t quite sure. Today I’d like to start a conversation intended on being a part of a guide for playing music from the heart. You, too can become a …

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  • Facts and Myths About Dynamics on Flute

    Facts and Myths About Dynamics on Flute

    The word ‘dynamics’ refers to the varying levels of actual volume of sound. Dynamics are used to create emotion in music, so as you can imagine they’re quite important! Let’s discover and debunk some facts and myths about dynamics on flute. There are different dynamic levels from very loud to very soft. In musical terms these …

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  • Everything You Need to Know About the Flute Étude

    Everything You Need to Know About the Flute Etude

    At every single stage of development, whether beginner or professional, we should find ‘études for flute’ as a part of many of our practice sessions. So what is an étude anyway? I’ll put it plainly here for you, and you’ll start down your ‘yellow-brick’ of enjoying them right away. As I write this article, I checked …

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  • How To Breathe Quickly Between Flute Notes

    How To Breathe Quickly Between Flute Notes

    If there is one thing that is certain, it’s that it is imperative for a flutist to learn everything possible about breathing. Many times there simply isn’t space enough between notes in a passage to take a breath, and this is a real problem. Learning how to breathe quickly between flute notes becomes an art …

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  • Articulation For Flutists

    Articulation For Flutists

    The way certain phrases are set with joined or separated notes is just one way to start an expression. Articulation for flutists is a set of rules that include tongue placement and knowing where to join or separate a set of notes. It’s important to understand that a flutist separates their notes with the tongue. How hard …

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  • Arpeggio Explanation for Flutes

    Arpeggio Explanation for Flutes

    What is an arpeggio for flute, and how do you play them? This is a really great question because every flute player will come across arpeggios. Here is a really simple, but descriptive answer. Perfecting the respective arpeggios is the best way to become as awesome as you can be! An arpeggio is the same thing as a chord. …

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  • Alternative Fingerings for Flute

    Alternative Fingerings for Flute

    Alternative fingerings for flute are also called ‘fake fingerings’. Here’s a short guide that will help you start to know when it could be appropriate to use a fake fingering or not. This type of information isn’t usually presented to a beginner flutist. It is crucial that you are super solid with all of the traditional …

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  • Tone Color For Flute

    Tone Color For Flute

    What is ‘tone color’ for flute, and why do you need to know about it? Tone color is the quality of the sound you are either hearing or creating. Basically it is what helps you decide what adjective to use to describe the sound. This is beyond whether or not someone has a good sound that …

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  • Elbow Pain For Flute Players

    Elbow Pain For Flute Players

    Elbow pain for flute players is actually not as uncommon as you would think. But I can tell you that it is completely preventable with this one tip. This causes a condition very similar to elbow tendonitis! Have you ever seen a flutist who plays like the image on this page? Notice how the elbow is raised …

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  • What Does Texture Mean In Music?

    What Does Texture Mean in Music-

    There are lots of things we need to think about when we play and perform. Tone, air, notes, as well as staying together with our pianist, recording track or other people. One thing that sometimes we forget is that texture is an important thing to think about too. If we are supposed to think about …

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  • How to Have Pretty High Notes on the Flute

    How to Have Pretty High Notes on the Flute

    There is actually a recipe for how to have pretty high notes on flute. Let me walk you through some of the skills you’ll need to consider and learn about so you can feel better and sound better as you are playing your instrument. The high register of the flute is where we are heard the …

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  • What Are Extended Techniques for Flute?

    What Are Extended Techniques For Flute-

    More and more, fresh, young composers these days will use extended techniques for the instruments they are writing. In this article, I want to explore three of the more commonly used techniques that you might come across in higher level band, orchestra, chamber music, or more advanced solo repertoire. Any sound made by using the flute …

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  • How to Improve The Note E on The Flute

    How to Improve the Note E on the Flute

    E in all the octaves are one of the famous problem notes. But is doesn’t have to be that way. This article will teach you how to improve the note E on the flute. The fingering of E acts kind of like an overtone, that’s why it’s much harder to control. Middle E: We need to treat E …

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  • How to Learn to Hear Pitch

    How to Learn to Hear Pitch

    I recently had a student ask me that they have troubles hearing pitch on the flute. They explained to me that they play other instruments and have no troubles. This quick article will help you understand what it takes to really learn to hear pitch. First of all, let’s define pitch as being the ‘exact tone’ …

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  • How To Hold My Fingers When Playing the Flute

    How To Hold My Finger When Playing the Flute

    When playing really any instrument, but especially the flute, we all need to have good hand technique. There are many reasons for this. So if you have the question of, “How to hold my fingers when playing the flute” here are just 3 great answers for you:   1. We need to be able to play quick …

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  • How to Have Faster Fingers for Flute Playing

    How to Have Faster Fingers for Flute Playing

    Playing fast is one of the great loves of all flute players. The problem is that often we like to play fast right away, before the music is even learned all the way. We sometimes expect to go faster than we can, so we get angry, embarrassed, frustrated, or we lose confidence. All of these hurt …

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  • What is Vibrato?

    What is Vibrato

    We have some cool terminology in music. If you’re not well versed you may not know what these words all mean. What is vibrato? Let’s get scientific today and explore a super important term called ‘vibrato’. Vibrato is basically a slight fluctuation of pitch that occurs when the air speed is fast enough that it oscillates. …

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  • Body Aches and Flute Playing

    Body Aches and Flute Playing

    I was asked by a student why their shoulder hurts so much when they practice. Great question! Here are some of my answers: Sometimes it just means you need to take a break. You might be new at holding your flute up for that amount of time. Just put your arms down for a few seconds …

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  • How To Fade On The Flute

    How To Fade On The Flute

    The fade away of a long note can be one of the most effective musical techniques in the playbook. But it also can be a little tricky, because it’s really easy to go flat, or dive bomb the longer you go and the …

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  • Harmonics for flute

    Harmonics for flute

    Finger a low C and find your best, beautiful sound. Now blow a little faster, see how a higher, smoky sounding note pops out? Now experiment a little bit. More air, less air, direct it higher up toward the ceiling, then down toward the floor. See all the different notes you can play with just …

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  • Why Scales and Arpeggios?

    Why Scales and Arpeggios?

    I have students ask me questions along the lines of “Why should I practice scales?” or “Why should I practice arpeggios?” It’s possible that it may not be as exciting as your new shiny solo, or as they say in German “langweilig” which basically means possibly tedious and repetitive, but scales and arpeggios are not only important, but super-duper …

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  • The Reasons Your Arms Get Tired While Playing Flute

    The Reasons Your Arms Get Tired While Playing Flute

    So many people, and even some of my students have asked if my arms get tired while playing flute. We have to hold it up anywhere from a couple minutes, to a couple of hours! It can be quite exhausting. So how do we do we keep our arms up for so long without it …

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  • Visualize breathing for flutists

    Visualize breathing for flutists

    We flutists have a different job to do in the world of music.  We have to inhale and exhale like an elephant! While it can appear easy, once you try it you’ll have a whole new respect for the flute-learner/player/performer. Within the walls of this website are many, many strategies and tips that are very valuable. This …

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  • How to Play Flute with Braces

    How to Play Flute with Braces

    Do you or another flutist you know have braces?  It’s becoming very common nowadays. I get questioned often about how to play flute with braces and keep good tone when you have mouth full of metal.  Well, this used to be something I thought was hard to deal with.  But, after teaching for 24 years and successfully helping …

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  • Breathing Secrets for Flutists Part 2

    Breathing Secrets for Flutists Part 2

    This quick article is right to the point for what you need to add to that great posture we already talked about in ‘Breathing Secrets for Flutists”. Stand/sit up straight so the proper breathing will come naturally to you. It usually comes from over-trying! I know it seems funny to have to even talk about how to breathe, …

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  • Breathing Secrets for Flutists

    Breathing Secrets for Flutists

    Most flutists are constantly working on sound production and tone as they continue their music education.  Oftentimes they may put too much focus on the actual instrument rather than on the operator of it.  The instrument can only play as well as it is played in most cases.  Breathing and support of that breath is …

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  • How to Get Better Embouchure on the Flute

    How to Get Better Embouchure on the Flute

    The question of how to get a better embouchure on the flute is a good one especially for those who are really striving to learn to play the flute well.  I’ll give you some of the best information for great flute playing here in this article.   First, let’s explore the parts of the embouchure.  Basically, this …

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  • Question of the day: How Long to Practice the Flute?

    Question of the day How Long to Practice the Flute

    I get a lot of really fun questions here at Learn Flute Online.   How long should I practice my flute each day? Today’s comes from a 27 year old cutie from Mexico: “I have listened that a lot musicians practice a lot of hours in a day (ex. 7 hours for perfect his art). However, i practice 1 …

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  • Your Tongue Is MUY IMPORTANTE

    Your Tongue Is MUY IMPORTANTE

    Yes, I know the title of this post is partly in Spanish.  Sorry.  (smile)  I was trying to emphasize that knowing how to use your tongue is super duper important when playing the flute. I receive voice messages and videos from my online students nearly daily.  And, I’ve noticed that the students who tell me they …

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  • Careful About That Smile

    Smiling While Playing Flute

    I have seen a boat load of lip shapes in my days. And, I haven’t found any yet I can’t teach to play that flute. Some students start to do funny things with their lips once they begin playing the flute. They will stretch them to one side or the other – or sometimes both hoping …

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  • Have Fingernails? Me Too!

    Have Fingernails Me Too

    I always feel bad for the piano students who have their teacher come at them with the fingernail clippers nipping them to the buds.  Yikes.  We don’t need to get that radical as flute players. Everyone of us have fingernails. Because we play the flute with the “pads” of our fingers, we are just fine having …

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  • How to “Sit” for Flutists

    How to Sit for Flutists

    The title of this article is kind of funny, I know.  But, I’m so surprised to see how many don’t know how to achieve a good feeling back and body while sitting and playing the flute.  This article will describe how to do it easily.  There are more descriptions, videos, and pictures within LearnFluteOnline.  Don’t …

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  • Sit or Stand? for flutists

    Sit or Stand for flutists

      Ah, the age-old question.  Should I sit or stand when I practice my flute? The flute only weighs about .97 lbs. My #1 answer: Stand.  (Sitting instructions will be given in a different article) If your back or neck or arms are getting crampy or tired when you stand you need to know that you may be holding …

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  • Flute Pinky

    Flute Pinky

      Have you ever stopped to look at your right hand pinky?  Try it right now.  Is it short, long, curvy, straight?  What kind of a pinky do you have? I think the poor little guy is often over-looked. Our flute pinky is a very important part of playing our flute.  But, I think the poor little guy …

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  • A Flute Skills Check Up: How Do You Rate?

    A Flute Skills Check Up How Do You Rate

    It’s time to gain a little reality on your music competence. Are you on the path to where you want to go? There are certain things you should be accomplishing to get to the point where playing the flute is easy and fun. Let’s do a flute-skills check-up: How do you rate? Novice Level: If you haven’t …

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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 …

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  • Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

    Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

    Did you learn how to play an instrument as a child? Were you older when you started playing the flute? There are many benefits of having music lessons in your lifetime, faster thinking, better discipline, are just a couple of music perks, and you may be surprised to hear that fast fingers are another benefit …

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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 …

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  • How Much Does a Good Flute Cost?

    How Much Does a Good Flute Cost

    How much does a good student flute cost? In my teaching career I have been able to experience many different brands of concert flutes. When I began playing the flute (about 1981), there weren’t many brands to choose from, and where I lived there were even less choices because the only way to get your …

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  • Four Things To Help You as a Beginner Flute Player

    Four Things To Help You as a Beginner Flute Player

    As a beginner flute player, there are many many different things that can help you learn quickly. In this article I want to take a minute to tell you more about the way of thinking or the ‘mental set’ we need as we begin an adventure like learning how to become a musician. These things …

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  • How To Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    How To Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    I believe that being in the right mindset is just as important as playing the flute itself while you are accomplishing your flute goals. In this article I want to share with you a few steps I have learned to help you accomplish your flute goals. It’s one thing to own a flute and some sheet …

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  • Why do You Need Flute Lessons?

    Why do You Need Flute Lessons

    Whether you play in a band, are self-learner, a returning flute player, or have always had a desire to play the flute I can tell you right now that flute lessons are a great idea. You could be thinking “well of course she thinks flute lessons are a great idea, she just wants me to …

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  • What You Need to Learn How to Play the Flute

    What You Need to Learn How to Play the Flute

    Are you ready to embark of a new journey to learn how to play the flute? I am so so excited for you! In this article I will go through all the tools and equipment you need to get started. A flute This may seem a little silly that I have to put this on the list, …

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  • Flute Misconceptions

    Flute Misconceptions

    As a flute teacher, I have come across so many different ideas that people have about the flute. Many of them are not true and may be damaging your flute! So in this article, my goal is to help you be aware of the most common flute misconceptions so you can continue to progress onward …

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  • Specific Jobs for a Music Parent

    Specific Jobs of a Music Parent

    Having a child (or two) in music lessons is an incredible experience in a lifetime. The challenges and rewards are both endless. Since I’ve been both the parent and the music teacher for over 25 years, it’s time I give out a list of specific jobs for a music parent. …thank me later 🙂 If you …

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  • How Parents Can Help With Their Child’s Music Lessons

    How Parents Can Help With Their Child’s Music Lessons

    I’m not sure parents really know how important their role is in the development of their child. My professional and motherly opinion is that parents ARE the difference. In this article I will answer the question ‘How parents can help with their child’s music lessons’. When a child starts their music lessons journey, most parents feel …

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  • What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute?

    What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute

    You might find my answer to the question of ‘what is the difference between a student flute and a professional flute’ kind of surprising. I consider a professional flute to be the flute that is owned and played by a professional (someone who gets paid to play). Haha, that’s probably not the answer you wanted, …

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  • How To Align Your Flute

    How to align your flute

    Learning how to align your flute is very important when going to play. It has an effect on your sound, position, tone, fingering, etc. In this article, we’ll explore how to align your flute. It’s one of the first, best things you can learn. Lining up the head joint is important. Trying to sound good and …

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  • Giving Yourself a New Voice

    Giving Yourself a New Voice

    Learning to play the flute means giving yourself a new voice.  Although you already speak with your vocal chords, this will be a new means of expressing yourself. “You are going to love it.” I had a student for a few years who had been told he would never speak (or walk for that matter).  His mother …

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  • How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

    How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use

    How to Know Which Size of Flute You Should Use Please watch the video below and read the article included.  Good luck! I recently had a nice dad email me over the choice of flutes for his young daughter.  They are going to be learning online from me.  We were lucky enough to be able to meet …

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  • The Best Age for Learning the Flute

    The Best Age for Learning the Flute

      The best age for learning the flute is: (drum roll…..) Almost any age!   I began my middle son when he was only 2 years old.  He cried and begged every day for me to “poot” with him.  (poot meant flute)  He was jealous of the time I was spending with his 5 year old brother while practicing. …

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  • A Very Motivating Practice

    A Very Motivating Practice

    As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively. My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot.  My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week. This has …

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  • Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone?

    Can a 9 Year Old Practice the Flute Alone

      Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone? Yes. And no. Children are so darn smart! I have had 24 years of experience teaching children under the age of 10 (and over, but that’s not the subject here).  Children are so darn smart!  I know they can do many, many things, but one thing I know is that …

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  • Too Much Spit When Playing the Flute

    Too much spit when playing flute

    Recently I had a fellow flute student tell me that they just have too much spit when playing the flute and it gets in the way of their sound and ability to play. Is this something you have noticed as well? It’s hard to play the flute well when you have a river running through it. We …

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

    play my flute when 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 …

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  • Are Flute Head Joints Different?

    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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • Flute Designs, Do they effect my sound?

    Flute Designs Do they affect 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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  • How Much Does a Good Flute Cost?

    How Much Does a Good Flute Cost

    How much does a good student flute cost? In my teaching career I have been able to experience many different brands of concert flutes. When I began playing the flute (about 1981), there weren’t many brands to choose from, and where I lived there were even less choices because the only way to get your …

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  • What Is The Difference Between the Bansuri and the Concert Flute?

    What Is The Difference Between the Bansuri and the Concert Flute-

    The difference between the Bansuri (India) and the concert flute is actually quite a long list, and there are a number of similarities as well. For example, the Bansuri is a true flute meaning that it is blown ‘across’ instead of ‘into’. It is a hollow tube of certain lengths with one end capped to …

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  • Have You Heard? Flute Players Make the Best Kissers

    flute players make the best kissers

    I have heard it talked about in musician circles that certain instruments fosters great kissers. Well it’s actually a hilarious subject to me, because first of all, who started this questioning anyway? Haha, it just makes me giggle. But, I think hands down it has to be the flute players who end up on the …

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  • Things I Wish I Knew as a Flute Player in Band

    Things I Wish I Knew as a Flute Player in Band

    This article was kindly written by one of Rebecca Fuller’s advanced students: I was a band student for three years before I began flute lessons and started learning from Rebecca. Even after I started private lessons, I continued playing in my high school symphonic and marching band for several years. I was putting my flute in serious …

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  • How To Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    How To Accomplish Your Flute Goals

    I believe that being in the right mindset is just as important as playing the flute itself while you are accomplishing your flute goals. In this article I want to share with you a few steps I have learned to help you accomplish your flute goals. It’s one thing to own a flute and some sheet …

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  • What I Learned at My First Real Flute Lesson Part 2

    What I Learned at My First Real Flute Lesson 2

    This article was kindly written by one of Rebecca Fuller’s advanced students: Within two minutes of being at my flute lesson, I had already learned more about how to play the flute than I had ever been taught in my years of band classes. In this article I want to share with you a few more …

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  • What I Learned in My First Real Flute Lesson as a Band Student

    What I Learned at My First Real Flute Lesson

    This article was kindly written by one of Rebecca Fuller’s advanced students: I was a band student for almost 3 years before my first real flute lesson. At my first lesson, I was expecting Rebecca to give me tons of flute solos and begin teaching me how to play all the fancy trills. But I couldn’t …

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  • Why do You Need Flute Lessons?

    Why do You Need Flute Lessons

    Whether you play in a band, are self-learner, a returning flute player, or have always had a desire to play the flute I can tell you right now that flute lessons are a great idea. You could be thinking “well of course she thinks flute lessons are a great idea, she just wants me to …

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  • Why Playing in Band is Good For You

    Why Playing in Band is Good For You

    Band? Really?  Over the years I have taught many students that began lessons after playing a few years in band. It has been interesting to notice the different levels they come from. I have noticed that these students have learned some things from band that help them as they continue learning how to play the …

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  • Everything You Need to Know About the Word Embouchure

    Everything You Need to Know About the Word Embouchure

    The word ‘embouchure’ is not a common one for most people. I can’t even think of one instance in my life that I’ve used it except in a musical “playing an instrument” way. So, when it pops up in the lessons you are learning on my website, perhaps this will give everything you need to …

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  • Positive Effects of Learning to Play the Flute

    Positive Effects of Learning to Play the Flute

    Learning to play the flute is something that will benefit your life in so many ways. Today I want to tell you about some of the positive effects of learning to play the flute. There are so many! Isn’t it amazing how our bodies work! Studies done by an elite group of scientists have shown that “regularly …

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  • Benefits of Playing the Flute

    Benefits of Playing the Flute

    If you’re reading this article you probably already know that the flute is one of the best instruments in the world (you could say I’m a little biased). But did you know that there are many different benefits of playing the flute that can bring joy to you and those around you? I’ve created a list …

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  • How To Use The Tuner For Flute

    How To Use the Tuner for Flute

    Learning how to play on tune for a flutist is quite important as you can imagine, but perhaps you haven’t considered that it’s most useful when needing to play with another instrument. For this reason alone, it’s imperative to learn how to use a tuner. The idea of a tuner (machine) is not to have it …

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  • What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute?

    What Is The Difference Between a Student Flute and a Professional Flute

    You might find my answer to the question of ‘what is the difference between a student flute and a professional flute’ kind of surprising. I consider a professional flute to be the flute that is owned and played by a professional (someone who gets paid to play). Haha, that’s probably not the answer you wanted, …

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  • Trembling Lips On Flute

    Trembling Lips On Flute

    The subject of trembling lips on flute comes up every now and again. It’s an issue that definitely needs to be addressed since it hampers tone and stability of the instrument. And, it’s kind of annoying when you’re trying to convey a musical message to those listening. So, what to do about it? Shaking, trembling lips …

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  • Advice to a Relearning Adult Flute Player

    Advice to a Relearning Adult Flute Player

    It’s always exciting to pick up a once loved skill or hobby. Here is some really great advice to a relearning adult flute player that will help get you on the right path, and speed your improvement. Learn how to celebrate your successes. It’s safe to bet that a good portion of you reading this article will …

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  • Black Chin From Playing Flute

    Black Chin From Playing Flute

    If you’re reading this article my guess is that you have experienced a phenomenon that happens to us flute players. Sometimes we get a black chin from playing the flute! The funny thing about this is that we oftentimes don’t notice it until one of our friends or family member points out that we have some …

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  • What is the Difference Between Do Re Mi and A B C

    What is the Difference Between Do Re Mi and A B C

    Depending on which country you are from in this beautiful world you may have been introduced to music theory in a different way. Some countries use do re mi fa sol la ti do, and some countries use alphabet letters instead. So, what is the difference between Do Re Me and A B C really? And …

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  • Why Play the Flute

    Why Play the Flute

    Choosing which instrument to play can be tough. Each one has its own different sound and taste, limitations and abilities. I’m Rebecca’s son Braden, and today, I want to convince you that playing the flute is a good choice for you! First, an introduction. I’m Braden Fuller, Rebecca’s son. Ever since I can remember, I …

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  • Throat Noise while Flute Playing

    Throat Noise while Flute Playing

    There’s a strange phenomenon that sometimes happens when flutists are playing, and you can actually ‘hear’ them humming or “gk-gk”-ing inside their throat. Not real pretty. What to do? Here’s the fix:

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  • If I were starting over in flute…

    If I were Starting Over in Flute

    You may not know that my beginning to playing the flute was kind of a rough start.  I really did NOT have good instruction at ALL.  In fact, I didn’t have any instruction at all. I used to hide in my sister’s closet with her flute book.  My parents sent her to a local flute teacher, …

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  • How To Find or Buy a Flute

    How to Find or Buy a Good Flute (1)

    How to find or buy a flute is a great question for those beginning or even in the middle of their musical flute lessons journey. I am thrilled to be able to help you in your musical endeavor this week!   Since many sign up with me for lessons before they have a flute, I will give you a quick, …

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  • Answer to a 63 year old online flute student

    Answer to a 63 Year Old Online Student

    I receive many emails every week from the most wonderful people.  This post will give an answer to a 63 year old online flute student about how my online studio works. Seriously.  It’s true. Flute learners are the best! This week I received more than one email like this: “Dear Rebecca, I have been looking into the …

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  • My favorite emails

    My Favorite Email From Flute Students

    “Gracias por compartir con nosotros tu trabajo.” Since I teach flute lessons online as well as a large physical flute lessons studio, I have favorite emails.   They are usually titled something like:  “Thank you!” or “I love these lessons”.  They make me feel so good. I do strive hard daily to bring my off and online students …

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  • Does your pet do this?

    does your cat do this

    Here on my little “farm” in the mountains, I have a full grown orange cat whose name is “Kitty”. Kitty loves my students.  In fact, he loves my students so much that he knows precisely what time I begin teaching each day.  The reason I know this is because everyday just as my first student comes …

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  • Open-Hole Flutes vs. Closed-Hole Flutes

    Open-Hole Flutes vs. Closed-Hole Flutes

    Six of the keys on an open-holed flute are just that, open holes in the keys.  When purchased new, these flutes come with little rubber corks in the holes.  After a player is brave and ready, they can remove these corks all at once or one at a time.  At first it takes a little …

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  • Nervous Traveler?

    Nervous Traveler-

    Update to this post below:  (I’m back!)   Maybe I had better let you in on a fun teaching trip I am taking in a couple of weeks. I am going to teach flute in AFRICA! I am going to teach flute in AFRICA.  Oh, you can bet I am excited! I really had no idea it took so much …

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  • Wisdom Teeth and Flutists

    Wisdom Teeth and Flutists

    So, today I am taking my oldest son to get his wisdom teeth extracted. The doctor said he is not allowed to play his flute (or any other wind instrument) for several days. I found this pretty interesting and wondered why. The doc said that he once had a trumpet player who played after having his out and …

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  • How Many Notes Can You Play On A Flute?

    How Many Notes Can You Play on the Flute-

    “How many notes can you play on a flute?” I get this question every so-often in my inbox from one of you awesome online-flute-learners. During a student’s first few flute lessons, I like to give students a visual of what is to come. It is exciting and fun to find out there are so many notes on …

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  • Giving Yourself a New Voice

    Giving Yourself a New Voice

    Learning to play the flute means giving yourself a new voice.  Although you already speak with your vocal chords, this will be a new means of expressing yourself. “You are going to love it.” I had a student for a few years who had been told he would never speak (or walk for that matter).  His mother …

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  • What Instruments Should Accompany the Flute?

    What Instruments Should Accompany the Flute-

    What instruments should accompany the flute? There are so many instruments that sound great with the flute. My favorites are the guitar, piano, harpsicord, harp, organ, and many percussion instruments. I have even played an entire polka accompanied solely by a tuba! All of those instruments lend themselves well to the rhythm section. And depending on the piece, …

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  • The Best Age for Learning the Flute

    The Best Age for Learning the Flute

      The best age for learning the flute is: (drum roll…..) Almost any age!   I began my middle son when he was only 2 years old.  He cried and begged every day for me to “poot” with him.  (poot meant flute)  He was jealous of the time I was spending with his 5 year old brother while practicing. …

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  • Song Choice for Flute

    Song Choice for Flute

      “Song Choice”.  For some reason I feel like American Idol is coining this phrase.  But, I’ve been using it for years. When choosing a piece to practice or perform, where should we turn?  Well, it depends on if the choice is ours or our teacher’s.  For the sake of this article, the choice will be ours …

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  • A Very Motivating Practice

    A Very Motivating Practice

    As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively. My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot.  My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week. This has …

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  • Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone?

    Can a 9 Year Old Practice the Flute Alone

      Can a 9 year old practice the flute alone? Yes. And no. Children are so darn smart! I have had 24 years of experience teaching children under the age of 10 (and over, but that’s not the subject here).  Children are so darn smart!  I know they can do many, many things, but one thing I know is that …

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  • Great sounds…

    Great Flute Sounds

    There are great sounds in my home tonight. I have one child practicing in his room.  He just turned 10 and is working on the Serenade a Pierrette by Szulc.  I love it.  He’s having troubles remembering the slur in a certain measure, so I get to hear that measure a lot tonight. I have another working …

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  • Why the flute? (part 1)

    why I chose to play the flute

      Why the flute (part 1)? Why did I choose to play the flute myself?  Well… I have a pretty fun story.  It all began back in about 1982 (long time ago, huh?).  When my family was cleaning out my grandpa’s old root cellar.  It was musty and fully of dirt and a few rotten potatoes. …

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Enjoy!!

Rebecca Fuller

 

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