Posted 12 February 2018 - 14:00
Posted 13 February 2018 - 04:28
I just sat through a flute masterclass. I would encourage anyone to watch a masterclass.
does anyone have anything to say on this subject
Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:39
Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:22
Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:25
Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:28
Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:55
Definitely any beginner learning a wind or brass instrument should ideally spend a lot more of their time than they probably do aiming for a beautiful sound rather than trying to play notes and tunes. The fingering will get there in the end, but the ability to produce a beautiful sound is the difference between somebody that you want to listen to and somebody that you don't. Of course everyone wants to play a tune when they first pick up an instrument ...
I'm glad the masterclass was useful!
Posted 13 February 2018 - 12:16
I have a lesson next week with a new teacher so if he doesnt touch deeply on these matters then i am going to point it out and ask because i now know what should be taught. After all i want to get the most out of it and lessons are not cheap so if these fundamental basic things aren't taught with depth before you start playing pieces then its a waste of money and i can learn from youtube tuition which is free
This is an ongoing process. You start at the beginning and the demands develop over time as you progress.
Posted 13 February 2018 - 13:17
Posted 13 February 2018 - 14:55
I remember playing cello in a string quartet after a term of lessons. The first violin asked if I did vibrato yet, and I shamefacedly said no; she said not to worry too much about it. I later discovered that AB cello exams don't expect it until G4!
Posted 13 February 2018 - 15:39
I guess so but i am not being taught breathing properly. However as an adult i can watch videos and teach myself and learn from videos where to take a breath in the music. I had one lesson from a teacher who got very cross with me for not standing relaxed and the reason for that was she made me nervous so i never went back. For me it is just a hobby so i dont need to be shouted at but where you get youngsters wanting to become professionals they need strict teachers in order for them to progress to a standard where if they audition for an orchestra they play well enough to get in and you cannot take a softly softly approach with such students
If it's where to breathe perhaps your flute teacher has some idea that you have some awareness there with your level on piano. Phrasing is phrasing whatever the instrument. It may also be possible that at the beginning you are unable to play full phrases. It's a good idea to ask your teacher about improving breath control if you've noticed for yourself that you are wanting to improve it.
Posted 13 February 2018 - 18:50
Ah : Emily Beynon. She knows her way around a flute!
This is the flautist i saw who gave the masterclass
I’ve participated in many a masterclass over the years, mostly clarinet but not by any means exclusively. They are often invaluable.
Posted 15 February 2018 - 12:06
Your teacher should be glad to teach you how to breath properly in order to have the correct air pressure and air reed for playing in each octave. It wasn't something my first teacher taught me, she was more concerned with getting correct embouchure, hand positions and stamina. But it would have helped me enormously if I had known to ask and then be taught about breathing and how to firm the abdominal wall. Do ask. My current teacher started straight off with breathing and it made a huge difference, as it would, lol.