One of my readers asked this week where to locate good fingering charts for the piccolo on the internet. Coincidentally, the topic came up t...
For many years I have taught that a good flute embouchure has 4 corners: 2 corners by the upper cheekbones, one by each nostril, and, the 2 ...
Greetings! I have just returned to North Carolina from the Keith Underwood Flute Masterclass at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, a week filled with ...
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
This video of Keith working on Bach Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030, with tongue-controlled embouchure expert Jerome Callet. The focus of the session is articulating off the top of the tongue.
It appears that Jerome uploaded this to Google video.
Please visit Jerome's website for more information on his teaching and more previews from his soon to be released teaching DVD.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Dealing with stage fright in a class setting is ideal since you can practice in front of your classmates! I encourage you to attend one of Helen's workshops--whether before or during the National Flute Association Convention in Albuquerque in August 2007, or at another future workshop.
I attended Helen's workshop "Performance Anxiety from the Inside Out" at the Raleigh Area Flute Association's Flute Fair in November 2006. The information was well-organized and well-presented, sprinkled with personal anecdotes and warm humor. Each attendee went home with some personal strategies for taming their brain chatter.
Her one-hour presentation "Performance Anxiety from Inside Out" will take place at the NFA convention on Thursday August 9 at 3 pm.
In addition, she is giving a full day (10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with one hour break for lunch) pre-convention workshop entitled Performance Anxiety from Inside Out on Wednesday July 8 in a location within walking distance to the convention center.
Learn how to replace negative perceptions and behaviors with affirmative ones that heal and build confidence. If you struggle with stage fright, you can gradually silence the self-defeating patterns that block your music. Learn highly effective tools to transform yourself from a fearful to a joyful and free performer, able to play optimally and let your music soar.
To register for one of Helen's workshops or more information on Performance Anxiety from Inside Out visit Helen's website.
Kudos to Helen increasing public awareness of performance anxiety and possible avenues of relief by presenting workshops on this important subject.
Fluteloops Radio Shows 6 & 7
Wow! A five-segment series by Jennifer Cluff on her Flootloops Radio Shows on overcoming stage fright including interviews with leading authority Michael Goode (author of Stage Fright in Music Performance and Its Relationship to the Unconscious).
Topics discussed include: strategies for avoiding the negative effects of prior bad experiences; ways to overcome the behavior and energies of "psychic bullies"" in ensemble settings; the value of "flow"; and the power of intention in preparation and performance.
Episode 7 is Jennifer's excellent summary of the series and includes references to these additional valuable resources:
William Pleeth (Jacqueline du Pré's teacher) book Cello
reminds us that there is no point in practicing technique if the emotion of the music itself is not our primary intent.
Robert Caldwell: Performer Prepares, a long-term project for overcoming stage fright in workbook form --perhaps a good summer project?
Kenny Werner(jazz pianist): Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within
Thanks to Jennifer Cluff for putting this collection of resources together-- for reminding us we CAN be joyful and free in our music-making and we contribute to the well-being of our colleagues and audiences through our sincere efforts to perform in "flow." Thanks also for the bloopers which wonderfully illustrate the art of graceful recovery.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I was prompted by the many questions I receive about my unconventional teaching techniques and exercises to create a website to efficiently share information and video examples with other flutists, wind and brass players, vocalists, and music educators.
The original idea for this website has morphed into a multifaceted site with a variety of free online resources on breathing, music performance and pedagogy, creativity, and flute-playing.
The site is also the new home for www.in1breath.com where BreathBuilders and Rebreathing bags can be purchased.
The website publicly introduces the LeGrand Virtual Studio which offers two services via the Internet: 1) LeGrand Virtual Studio Subscription with video and audio podcast lessons, interactive blog and other resources, and 2) live, interactive coaching sessions via the Internet.
The first lessons I taught via Internet were in 2002, and from the very beginning it was a useful way to keep in touch with former students living on the other side of the world. The tools required to use this interactive service have become more widely available and more affordable.
At the website, I also invite you to visit me in the Studio, Classroom, or Concert Hall. The Library hosts numerous free resources, including articles and video demonstrations on using the Breath Builder and Rebreathing Bag, other video and audio podcasts, and useful links.
For a little inspiration visit the Gallery, subscribe to the blog, or spend some time exploring the Playground featuring links to a variety of interactive artistic activities for “kids of all ages.”
Be sure to check out the Musical Infirmary where you can learn about some common physical, mental and musical ailments affecting performance and practice: their symptoms, causes, suggested cures and preventative prescriptions. All with a huge dose of humor!
I hope you find this website useful and FUN and will visit me often in my new virtual space!
Have fun exploring!
Friday, June 8, 2007
I wonder how accurate his Body Map is?
I always considered it a bit rude to wear a hat during a performance, except when performing in costume or marching band.
Can't say much in favor of the robot embouchure, either.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Younger students who are away from the watchful eye of their teachers for a time this summer would do well to view this video by Jennifer Cluff on assembling the flute.
Hope this helps you avoid getting in bad habits that could damage your instrument, requiring expensive repairs.
Jennifer has posted lots of other useful articles and information at her site. www.jennifercluff.com