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, but never even entertained the idea that I might be the one in the family that REALLY wanted to play the flute well.
My sister wasn’t patient at all, and wouldn’t teach me anything… so I had to take matters in my own hands.
After a few years (yes, years) my parents saw that I was pretty serious about playing the flute- and I hope they saw that I actually LOVED it and was already making a name for myself in the community as the “flute player”. I BEGGED for lessons once I found an instructor about a 30 minute drive from home.
Basically, my lessons consisted of the teacher writing a list of assignments in a notebook. Each week I would play for her. She would say, “Yes, you can pass that” or she would say, “No, you need to do this one again.”
I honestly never knew what I was doing well or .. wrong for that matter. There really wasn’t any instruction going on. But apparently I was figuring it all out as best as I could. In the meantime I was already teaching a small pile of younger students, and figuring out the nitty-gritty of playing well.
Not too long later I found myself as a full scholarship student at the University (music scholarship), and studying with one of the GREATEST teachers I have ever met. Inspiration took over me and I totally went for it in the teaching world. I wanted to GIVE others what I didn’t have when I was learning at first.
Lucky for you…I am now putting all of my 37 years of learning online for you.
Since that day I have had hundreds of masterclasses and pedagogy courses and realize NOW that if I were starting over in flute there are important things i wish I would have known right from the beginning. (there are loads of items, but here are two at the top of the list)
A solid sense of TONE.
A desire to learn those SCALES.
I realized so much later that if I had proper instruction right from the beginning, I could have saved myself A LOT of trouble in the practice room.
Well,… LUCKY for you I am now putting all of my 32 years of learning (I’m a lot older than I look) online for you. And, I don’t hold back because I remember what it feels like to “guess” your way through a passion.
I’m going to help you right here and NOW a bit with both of the areas I needed better instruction on in those beginning years:
1. TONE – I totally understand now that this is what we HEAR, so it’s the #1 thing to focus on.
Tonguing is super important, and the space inside your mouth is where your tone comes from. SO many flute learners don’t realize that tonguing on the roof of their mouth isn’t going to get the desired results. There are are different tonguing techniques to be used at different stages of proficiency, and using the “forward tongue” method is absolutely THE BEST when beginning.
I hope you’ve already been able to learn this from me in one of my first learning videos inside the Silver Level here at Learn Flute Online. I’ll get right down to it and SHOW you exactly how and where to place your tongue for the BEST tone.
2. SCALES – I used to think they were the most drab thing to play. I’d fake my way through them at first until I realized that this is the HEART of finger technique.
In the lesson modules here at Learn Flute Online and also over at my other sites (IntermediateFluteLessons.com), I show exact finger position… and it’s SO NATURAL to play well.
RELAXED is the key.
Try this: hang your hand down by your side in a “sleepy/relaxed position”. Now raise your arm up in front of you without moving a muscle in your hand. THERE, you have it. PERFECT hand position for playing the flute.
I hope you’ll consider coming in one of my websites for some flute lessons from me this week. If you need help getting started, please contact me. I’m here to help you with ALL of your flute needs. 🙂