QUOTE(nicki_flute @ Jul 3 2006, 10:23 PM)
I have various strengths in flute playing, but I have one major weakness, I find it really hard to keep a steady tempo, I tend to go faster and faster. I am better than I was, but any tips for keeping a steady pulse, especially in sight reading etc?
I feel stupid though - I've been playing for years, I should be able to do this!
"Should" alert! "Should" and "ought" seem to me to be very rarely helpful. I commend to you instead the watchword I ask the members of my elementary orchestra (for adults) to observe:
I can't do that yet
I think of my metronome as an extremely useful tool, and use it a great deal. I often take it into exams (it's the electronic kind with a flashing light as an alternative to the click) especially if I need to set the tempo at the beginning of the same piece at different speeds for several candidates.
Foot-tapping or toe-tapping isn't helpful, and has lots of disadvantages. I used to sit next to a foot-tapper in orchestra. We rehearsed on a very nice sprung floor, which meant that I felt her every tap through the seat of my chair.
It's a very difficult habit to break, I suppose mainly because people often aren't aware they are doing it. For a recorder teacher's humorous view of foot-tapping, see Heather Wastie's poem [i]Until I saw your foot[i] from her book of the same name (haven't got the publisher info handy but could find it). It starts:
I thought this music was in four,
Until I saw your foot.
But now I think it must be three
Or maybe five, I can't quite see.
Or six? Or maybe not.
Read it here:http://www.geocities.com/Principessa07/Foot.htm
Best of luck for this evening's audition. Give them a nice concert!