“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 only.
I have students who consistently bring Disney Music books to the lesson after Christmas Holiday. They are so excited to learn something from Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid. .. that is until I teach them one of those songs and it turns out to be pretty darn hard for beginners to learn, or very (yawn) boring because the melody just keeps repeating over and over and over.
Flutists have the luxury of beautiful melodies.
“A “Song” is just that – it has lyrics and is meant to be sung. We flute players cannot sing while playing and our audience cannot hear the lyrics. So we learn to choose our performance pieces carefully.
Flutists have the luxury of finding beautiful melodies. It’s really fun to close our eyes and savor the melody. Playing familiar “songs” is really fun as long as the melody is interesting enough to hold its own.
Think about this next time you find yourself humming a tune from pop radio. It doesn’t take much thought. The melody happens dozens of times. Fun to hum or sing, but usually really boring after a few minutes on a well played instrument.
Not sure if a song is right for you?