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In this episode, you will learn why flute players are such good kissers.
This is the Learn Flute Podcast Episode 060.
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 you can look forward to learning from listening
Learn Flute Podcast 060
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Why are flute players such good kissers? Stick around and find out here on this podcast episode number sixty! I’m Rebecca Fuller, the expert and instructor at Learn Flute Online- stay around for this one.
Hello, and welcome to this episode. It’s a gorgeous day here at Learn Flute Online! Literally, I’m looking out the window, and it’s making me want to climb that mountain. I actually love every single season – well, Spring not so much here because nothing really wakes up for a while, but when it does, it’s awesome!
I thought I’d give you a little more insight to what I like to do outside of playing and teaching the flute because I don’t really ever get the opportunity to dive outside of this circle- but one thing I’ve noticed is that flute players tend to run in the same types of circles… I guess I shouldn’t generalize, but maybe you’ll be interested in knowing some more about me.
By now I think that you know that I live in the mountain areas in the United States in the state of Utah. If you know anything about Utah, you may have seen pictures of orange, sandy deserts with very large arches and rock formations including slot canyons and incredibly, large lakes. Well, that’s southern Utah, and Iive on the opposite end where it’s mountains, lakes, hiking and snow skiing. I really love to eat from my orchard and garden, and we have quite a few horses running around here also. I hope that gives you a bit of a visual because it’s great scenery for fostering great music.
You’re probably wondering when I’m going to stop talking about the weather and get to the subject I have all picked out for today. Haha, I’m not really sure what made me think of this, but as I was planning out the next couple of subjects for these audios I thought about how fluent my sons are at learning other languages. I have one son who speaks not only two different African languages, but he is also fluent in Arabic – as well as English. He recently told me that his next language was going to be French. And, I told him that with all of his flute training, he would be able to pick up on it well.
It takes a specially trained ‘ear’ to notice those little nuances in different languages, and a musician is definitely cut out for this type of learning. As I was sending him a message about -that his lips and tongue had been trained all of his life for learning different languages. Such a fun subject to talk about!
Also, I have heard it talked about in musician circles where everyone is debating and wondering which instrument fosters the best kissers. Haha 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 top of the list the most often!
We spend every moment from day one of learning how to play the flute in trying to make our mouths and lips move in certain ways, and after many months and years of trying and learning – we get really, really good at moving the really small muscles in and surrounding our lips.
I heard somewhere that it takes around one hundred and twelve muscles of the lips and face to make a good kiss. I wonder how many that means we use when we are jumping octaves or playing with real dynamics on our flute? I’m guessing it’s even more than that! Haha, well in short, we flutists get really, really good at learning to use the muscles in our faces – especially the lips and the region around. The higher level of a flute player, and the longer we’ve played – the better! What do you think about this?
Big lips, medium lips, thin lips, it doesn’t really matter. We can all learn how to play the flute well. I have coached all shapes and sizes, so it’s true. It’s all possible, and I’m excited for you to be learning.
I think I’ll keep this particular audio a bit shorter today because I want you to complete an assignment right now- yep an assignment right here in this audio. That will actually really help you with your flute playing.
I want you to go to your room or bathroom. Close the door. And get your face really close to the mirror. Now, check out your lips. Really look at them. You might think I’ve gone a little cuckoo right now, but hang with me here, this is important.
We have to be able to understand which directions our lips can move naturally in order to understand some of the directions I give you in the lesson module videos. If I talk to you about (for example) stretching your lips back in a closed-mouth smile and then bringing them forward (while still keeping them closed) into a ducky face pucker – can you do that? How full can you make your lips by pushing them forward and out away from your teeth? How tight and closed can you get them?
Trying that will make them look super thin. What we need to do is experiment with these different positions, not that we need to use some of these positions while we play but we need to be able to move in different directions depending on what we need while playing.
The areas that we talk about a lot while in flute education is the embouchure and the aperture. We’ve already had full episodes on these subjects, and we definitely explore these to the point where it becomes natural vocabulary in the lessons I teach, but .. just knowing a bit more and exploring our face and all the muscles we have can really take us to a whole new level of understanding. I hope you agree, and I hope that you have a good time checking out your own face in the mirror this week!
Haha- I hope to see you very soon in a lesson at learn Flute online dot com. Again, this is audio podcast number sixty – which we titled ‘why are flute players such good kissers’? A fun little subject to explore – as usual, keep the conversation going by commenting in the appropriate places here. It’ll be fun! Bye now!!
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