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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.
What this podcast will be all about
- Information on this podcast is supplemental to LearnFluteOnline.com
- A fellow student who recently began playing flute
- How to develop your flute talent
- How to recognize what music makes you feel
- What you can look forward to learning from listening
Learn Flute Podcast 043
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Hey everyone it’s time for another Learn Flute Podcast. This is episode forty three and I’m Rebecca, your host and the expert at Learn Flute Online where I help you through all things related to learning how to play the flute – and do it really well. Let’s get started today with another episode of what I think it takes to mentally get yourself in a creative learning environment.
Ahhh, here we are again. I can’t believe this is already episode forty three. That means that I have come up with forty three different topics all related to learning how to play the flute, and I’ll have to say that I feel like we’ve just begun. I could go on and on and on and on. There’s so much depth to this subject. It’s kind of awesome.
And, again today I wanted to reflect on some things that one of you online students told me the other day while I was giving a private lesson, one on one lesson to her.
She mentioned to me that she was super committed and really excited to be on this journey, and that she was so glad she found my program because it’s just what she needed. We talked about why she stopped in the first place, because she was a returning flute player, and what had to happen to get her to the position where she was ready to have a go again.
What I heard from her sounded so familiar. The reason it sounded so familiar is because I’ve heard it over and over from many different people. So, if this subject resonates with you today then rest assured you are not alone,.. At all.
What happened was this person said she just had a lot of stress while she practiced, and eventually fell out of habit.. After a while she just realized that it wasn’t going anywhere and she decided to stop. Fast forward forty years and she’s back again with a longing to pick it up again and succeed this time.
She then told me that she had some long talks with herself as she tried to decide how she was going to commit, and the steps she would take to getting it all in place. The first thing she did was ask her husband if he thought she should play the flute again. He wholeheartedly said ‘yes definitely’ and promptly went out and purchased her a good flute. She found my lessons, signed up, and was so excited that she had decided to join the game- which was step one.
Step two was to find a coach. The game of ‘play flute musically’- check. And ‘get a knowledgeable instructor coach’ – check again! (patting myself on the back here)
The third step she didn’t know about was that not only did she find a coach, but she also has been accepted onto one of the best teams in the league. Check! Our Learn Flute Online community slash team is awesome, and we are all here cheering eachother on.
And now I’ll mention here that an interesting part about this game and our team is that we don’t compete against other teams. Yay! In fact, we are all here on our own journey, so the fact that we can all be here at the same time is really pretty cool. I love it.
In talking to this student about her quest there and back here again she said she really always knew that her dad was proud of her when she was playing the flute in her younger years. She wanted to honor him again since he had recently passed away. What a nice sentiment and tribute to him.
I told her that she was definitely going to succeed because first of all she had the desire when she was younger, and that it never had really left her. She now was back with a heartfelt commitment to continue to learn and try- and here’s the key – with patience this time. I also told her that she had an upper hand on the rest of us because she has an angel on her side also. What a neat thing to think about!
In the past couple of episodes we’ve mentioned inspiration and desire for music and especially playing the flute. It doesn’t seem to be enough to just listen to the flute play – we long to hold it in our own hands and create those vibrations ourselves. And, that is all it takes to know that we have the talent inside us somewhere. It’s just a matter of doing what it takes to unlock it and let it out piece by piece.
In the lesson modules on the LearnFluteOnline.com website, I go through exact sequences of learning certain skills – line upon line, and step by step. Knowing that you can get to where you’re wanting to go by following this program should be peace of mind already, and if you couple that with patience, and the organization of your space and mind, then there’s no stopping your success.
My favorite thing in my whole life is to help others achieve what they’ve set out to do. And all of you are no exception. As I sit here and make this podcast and type it out I look around and in front of me I see three guitars, one acoustic and two electrical, as well as a half size stand up bass right here in front of me. You might be wondering why I’m sitting next to these – well, actually I’m writing this in my bedroom today and if you want to know the truth, I have instruments all over my home.
My kids- it’s my kids. They have been adding instruments to their repertoire since they were itty bitty – especially my two oldest boys, and if you are of parenting age you’ll understand why I have no problem bending to their desires and doing whatever it takes to get them their next ‘guitar’ or whatever it may be. They went through the ranks of the flutes since they were little and realize that once their skill gets to a certain level that they can help it even more by adding a new dimension of music of a related instrument or upgraded brand or model. Super fun and kind of addicting.
The reason we’re discussing desire and inspiration is because many times it’s the way we can tap into our ‘why’. Why we said we wanted to do this, Why does it matter. Why are we doing this? Well, I’m happy that it does because that will just make it even more sweet as you move through the levels of learning.
I took a little hiatus of playing my flute when I was doing some traveling around the world where I wasn’t able to play for a few weeks except just a couple of times. It was actually good for me, and the day I got back and I pulled my flute out of its case, put it together- I actually started to wonder and doubt a little bit as to what I might sound like since it had been so long. But, I had already been playing the flute for like over thirty years!
What was I worried about?
I know the answer to this. It’s because throughout the daily grind of practicing, there were times when I sounded like ‘yuck’ – you know those days. Just fuzzy tone and a stressed embouchure- nothing works right when you have that combination. I was honestly worried about that happening again. But, guess what? I was relaxed and when I started out with a long low A, I heard how solid, clear, and deeply colored it was and something just sparked in me.
Ahhh, it’s really hard to describe in words… I put some vibrato into that A and felt the vibrations and my mind and fingers began to work I guess you could say symbiotically – I whipped out an emotional first movement to the Hungarian Pastorale Fantasy by Doppler without even a second thought, and thoroughly enjoyed myself the whole time!
And then, I cleaned my flute and put it away. Yup. I didn’t stay at it. That was enough. That to me, is the whole purpose of learning to play music and for me it’s the flute. I was satisfied, and it felt sooooo good.
My hope and dream is that I can help each one of you learn how to have this same experience. It’s kind of like moving realms for a minute… or maybe a like a runner’s high.
Things to think about today.
Well, I appreciate you and your journey. I also hope that you will come to the comment sections of these audios and let me know what you think. I’m releasing these all week by week, but will be pointing students at different discussions at different times by either linking in a module lesson or sending it out via email.
So, if you haven’t had time to get signed up for the membership here at Learn Flute Online where all of the lessons are and even more information that will help you learn how to play the flute really well- it’s definitely time to do so! We want you to join us.
See you soon!
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I hope you’ve enjoyed learning all about the flute and how to find your inner desire as it relates to music and learning to play the flute. Join us for the next episode.