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Training Musicians Like Dogs

How is learning an instrument like training a dog to roll over on command? Both involve a complex set of movements that must be done in sequence to achieve a

How Much Should I Practice? airport concert

The short answer: you should practice as much as possible and probably a lot more than you are now! A good rule of thumb for young musicians is to practice

5 Tests for Shopping for the Best Flute for You play testing five piccolos

Shopping for a new instrument can be a lot of fun! In two previous blog articles (“New Flute Buying Guide” and “Intermediate Flute Buying Guide”), I discussed the different types

Intermediate Flute Buying Guide flute acoustics modern flute

In the previous blog article, I discussed buying a first flute. In today’s article, we will look at intermediate or step up flutes. Why buy a second flute? Marching band

New Flute Buying Guide

New Flute Buying Guide Buying a new flute is a huge decision and a big investment. The blog article below can help you with some common questions. Flute shoppers are

Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Flutist shoulder bag for flute

Merry Christmas! Have you finished your holiday shopping? At this time of year, parents and grandparents often ask me for ideas for useful gifts for musicians. This is a short

New Ideas for Creative Practice

Always on the hunt for new ideas for creative music practice, here are some resources that I’ve recently discovered: Choose practice tasks instead of playing from the beginning to the

Flute Tone Spectral Analysis

Flute Tone Spectral Analysis I came across a very interesting thesis project by Ron Yorita titled “Flute Tone Project.” Yorita designed a program to analyze the tone of flute players.

Rebound Breath: Technique for Singers and Wind Players breathing

Rebound Breath: Technique for Singers and Wind Players For wind players and singers, finding places to breathe is a constant struggle. We must balance the demands of the phrase with

Lego Rhythms: Building Better Musicians

Lego Blocks Are a Tool for Learning Rhythms I’m always looking for new ways to teach rhythm to students of all levels. In a previous blog, I talked about using