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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.
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 with your learning
- How to make learning music easy
- What you can look forward to learning from listening
Learn Flute Podcast 036
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“I love you Rebecca. You make music easy!” – Welcome to Podcast episode number thirty six!
Hello Hello today. I’m glad you’re here learning along with the rest of us. For those of you who may be new to this podcast, my name is Rebecca Fuller and I’m the owner and expert at Learn Flute Online dot com which is the companion website to this podcast.
The actual video lessons, mp3’s, and sheet music etcetera are inside the membership areas over there on the website, and I hope you’ve had time to join us because we’ve been plowing through A LOT of flute skills that are really taking so many of you up to that level where you’ve always wanted to be.
You know- playing the flute is oftentimes one of those bucket list items for many people. Why? Well, I think because it’s just one of those iconic instruments that just can’t be ignored. It’s so darn pretty! Especially if it’s being played well.
And, if you’ve heard a beginner or even yourself trying a new skill out – sometimes you can’t see through the forest for the trees- meaning, it’s really easy to get kind of bogged down in the beginning stages and not feel like you’re ever going to emerge as that beautiful flute-playing butterfly. But, that’s where I come in- I’m going to help you take a new step each day that will definitely get you there. I promise!
So, with that – let’s get started!
If you’ll remember back to the beginning of this episode, I started with a quick testimonial that a super nice lady named Ruth sent me. She says, “I love you Rebecca. You make music easy!”
Now, out of all the compliments I could ever get- this one has to be, it has got to top as one of my favorites. Because it’s my duty and job to break down what needs to happen into simple, easy to understand steps for good people like you to follow. It’s like a map. And, I know so many feel like music is one of those things that just eludes them like it’s some way far out there type of skill you have to be born with. I take a completely different approach.
Probably and possibly because I’ve taken dozens of babies – literally, two, three, and four years old and shown them every little step to take to become an accomplished musician. I’ve done it in my own home with my own children, and I’ve done it with others’ children as well. And, guess what? It works – but of course, there’s a recipe that has to be followed, and definitely the repetition of skills has to be done before new ones can be added.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that you are at least a teen or an adult listening here today. I guess I’m assuming that because that is who I see following the instructions and advice on my site within the lessons. And, if you’re younger than that – then congratulations, you have a really great parent or adult helping you follow and keep on the path I’ve set for you.
I’m going to give you all some really great advice here. When I finish and as you find it true for yourself you may think, well that was common sense, but the reason I’m going to say it is because it’s one of those pitfalls that tends to grab – especially adults – of every age and stop them from reaching their potential – in every subject.
And that is the pitfall of being impatient and jumping ahead to new skills or pieces before you’re ready. I think you know what I mean. Finding a melody or tune that you’re just dying to learn and attempting it in a rushed manner without laying any sort of foundation first… perhaps the key has (of your piece) has four sharps in it, and you’ve never even learned how to play the fingerings to those notes let alone the scales that are attached to that key.
So, you plug along one little note at a time trying to look up the information and force your fingers to those keys.
Now.. this is just one little example. What I’m trying to say here is that it won’t be long.. Possibly even only five to ten minutes and you could probably give up. Put your flute away and assume you’re just a horrible flutist and that you’ll never get it. Haha- this sounds kind of drastic, but I know you’ve all been there. It seems to be a little bit of an innate thing that’s in us all. Patience is not always our strongest feature unfortunately.
So, back to the intro to this podcast, where Ruth said that I make music easy. What I saw into this was that Ruth is following the plan that I set for her. Step by Step. Module by module. Not jumping around like a chicken with her flute head cut off.
Music is a definite skill and pretty darn scientific at that – up to a certain point – and even when we start putting all of the musicality into our music, it’s all totally teachable skill as little sequences that build upon each other. I can show you! And, I’m excited you want to learn.
Have you ever watched a video or seen live a little kid who steps onto a stage with absolutely no fear in their eyes – in fact, the look in their eyes is usually pretty blank – and they just totally knock some incredible concerto out of the park on their instrument? Well, you can do that too. It takes following the plan, and trusting that it will happen if you stick with it and be patient.
The difference between these super youngins and you is that they have a dedicated parent who sits with them daily making sure that they stick with the program – the prescription they’ve been given to success for the week.
I read this quote by Doctor Seuss the other day and it really hit home for me as something we can all use as we embark on a journey of learning:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -That’s from Dr. Seuss in I can read with my eyes shut.
It’s so true! The more we work on it, the more skills we will add – daily- step by step by step. And then, the more we know- the more we can do – which in turn helps grow our confidence and shows us the path to add even more proficiency.
I hope you’ve gained something from listening to this episode today. We can all use a boost once in awhile. And it would be really great if you left a comment here letting me and the other learners know how you’ve found your motivation and been able to stick with the schedule and program to help keep yourself and help your eye on the success mountain you’re climbing.
And if it hasn’t happened yet with your instrument, is there something else in your life that you have achieved at a higher level of success? It could be a sport or an art or something like that. If you have, I’d love to hear how you did it and what your recipe was to keeping on the path.
Well, that’s it for today – love you all and your effort. Keep making beautiful music this week! This was episode thirty six of the learn flute podcast. See you next time.
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