Saturday, September 8, 2007

Interview with Keith Underwood, Part 6

Here is Part 6 of the August 18, 2007 Ghost Ranch Interview.

Timing and Sequence of Events for a Breath

Additional segments of this interview coming in September and October:

• Tongue-Controlled Embouchure and Support
• On Ideal Vibrato Speed
• On Creating an Open and Supportive Atmosphere

I am grateful for the information and inspirations I have received from Keith over the past 15 or so years, and I am delighted to share this video interview with Keith filmed on August 18, 2007 at Ghost Ranch, NM.

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Thanks, Keith, for answering my questions, for this interview and throughout the years!



LieTzen said...

"violin bow technique"
"timing of breathing"
Soooo important, and no one told me that before in that precise manner.
This answers many questions which I asked myself many times (but not so precisely), and never got an appropriate answer, up to now.
This video is another part of the gold standard of flute teaching, in my opinion.

Thanks Keith,
thanks Catherine!!!!

LieTzen said...

I came back today to this site.
These words are worth more than any headjoint by X or Y or Z or whatever; the violin bow technique, great.
Thanks, Keith.
Thanks Catherine!

;-) ;-) ;-)

greetings, lietzen

joealberti said...

Hi Catherine,
I teach voice (for actors, not singing) and acting at Syracuse University. I have been using exercises developed by Stough in my work with students. I saw the video and am seeing possibilities for shifting my approach to speaking and performing Shakespeare using the practices shown regarding the flute. I am thinking of Shakespeare's language as the flute...
I would welcome any advice or suggestions...

Catherine said...

Hi Joe,

Thanks for your interest in this process. Air is set into motion by vibration to create sound--flute tone, spoken word. With the voice, it is useful to allow the vocal cords to vibrate as effortlessly as possible without strain from surrounding muscles. A simple test is to swallow and then remind ourselves that we don't need to use any of the swallowing muscles to play or speak. Hope that helps!

I invite further dialogue.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Catherine

Anonymous said...

Hi Catherine,
I wondered if you knew of any DVD's or videos of the human diaphragm/muscles of breathing in action? The Breathing Coordination site just shows animated pictures...
-Joe Alberti

Catherine said...

Hi Joe,

Please contact me by email via my website re. this.