Thursday, March 20, 2014

The one-minute bow

Sound production on the flute is comparable to bowing, we produce sound with the slowest and steadiest air possible. 

The eccentric conductor of my youth orchestra BZ always told the story of when he studied with the famous cellist Gaspar Cassadó, the students had to practice the one-minute bow.  60 seconds.

Not only is it a training, it's something to be enjoyed! Listen, experience, and believe.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Who ARe you?

One time my dear friend E said to me, "You know, I was playing for all these conductors like a chameleon, able to change colors, and produce all of their musical desires.  It was a great experience, but at a certain moment you forget who you really are!"  

Am chewing on that slowly....

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fascination Sound

Release the air, release the sound.

Feel like the sound emanating from the body.  Let sound flow out of the fingers.

Use the slowest air possible to produce sound.  It's like bowing with string instruments; the slower the bow the more difficult, but you gain in technique and increase your universe of playing.

Connect sounds through the natural tension of the music.

When everything is in place, you will experience music like an opening, a release, an inner massage.

You are the source of the sound and the sound becomes you.