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 ...
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This is great!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I have just seen the most inspiring film: Kay Pollak's 2004 Swedish film, As it is in Heaven
All musicians who ever felt passion for their art (or for that matter, anyone who ever cared passionately about anything) will certainly draw inspiration from this film.
I don't want to give the excellent plot away, but the subject of the film involves a maestro, a church choir, and finding ultimate meaning in music--music that opens hearts.
There is a beautiful song sung by Gabriella, one of the characters in the choir.
Here are the lyrics:
It is now that my life is mine
I’ve gotten this time on earth
And my longing has led me here
What I lacked and what I gained
It is this road that I chose
My trust far beyond words
It has shown me a little bit
Of the heaven I never found
I want to feel that I’m alive
all the time that I have
I will live like I want to
I want to feel that I’m alive
and know that I was enough
I have never forgotten who I was
I have just let it sleep
Maybe I had no choice
Just the will to live
I want to live happily
for me being me
To be strong and free
Watch the night as it turns to day
I am here and my life is only mine
and the heaven i thought was there
will I find it somewhere?
I want to feel that I have lived my life!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Some of you ask where you can get the books I suggest for you.
In the Library area of my public website, there is a suggested reading list with images of the books, current pricing, and links to Amazon.
I hope this feature is useful for you!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Thanks to Brian Frederiksen for presenting these documentary videos of Arnold Jacobs.
For those of us who never had a chance to work with Jacobs personally, they are helpful in getting an idea of both the man and his message.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
One of my favorite quotes of all time is at 4:15:
“You know, Felix, it’s very important to keep promises, especially to yourself.”
--Journalist Elizabeth Lane (Barbara Stanwyck) to Felix Bassenak (S.Z. Sakall), Hungarian restaurateur
Glad to see/hear this again in it's original form at the start of a new decade.
I doubt many of us have promised ourselves mink coats, but I challenge you to keep whatever promises you make to yourself in 2010.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I hope you enjoy this performance by The Hanover Band with Director Roy Goodman and Rachel Brown, traverso (note: pitch is lower than modern flute).
Excellent tempo, phrasing direction, feeling of meter, and ornaments.
May it serve as a last minute inspiration to North Carolina High School students to hear this performance before District Band auditions!
To learn more about Rachel Brown and to hear more of her fine playing, please visit her website: http://www.rachelbrownflute.com/
Hope you enjoy Rampal's masterful tone, trills, articulation and phrasing direction. North Carolina grade 11-12 flute students: This is the required piece is you qualify for All-State tryouts.