are from a Masterclass at CU Boulder, on March 15th, 2004.
- Right Elbow should not be too high. If you do find a problem with your
hand position, it will be hard to fix. Set a timer and play for 3 minuets,
then check where your hands are and play for another 3 minuets.
- Don't squeeze your flute on the keys or the lip plate. If you squeeze
your keys gently a few hundred times, then you will damage your
- Don't hunch forward while you are playing.
- Your head, right elbow, and
right foot should all be inline.
- When Galway played, his flute was not parallel to the floor, instead
it was at a 45 degree angle.
- On the right hand, the Knuckles should be parallel to the keys.
- "Long tones make you think about something else"
- "If you learn anything from playing long tones, it was by accident"
- Practice playing in tune.
- Start playing scales and arpeggios on the C above the staff and go
down. This way
you don't start on a low C, a note that isn't the best note on the
flute. If there is one section of the scale that you can't get, work on
- Don't practice scales by semitone (i.e. C, C#, D, D#...) practice
them in fifths. This will help you become
aware of intonation.
- Relate the flute to singing. "No one would sing it like that, so you
shouldn't play it like that."
- "It is much better to be standing still, than to see someone doing
the same movement over and over again."
- Don't keep time with your body.
- Yoga teachers are great for breathing.
- Gobert once said: "You should breath after a long note."
- Say "Ha" through the flute
- You don't have to practice vibrato
- Set a metronome, and have your vibrato start with quarter notes, then eights, triplets and finally the sixteenth notes.
- Analyze the piece and look for the repetition, and then what comes
before and after those repeated passages. The more you memorize things,
the easier it will become.
- You should also know the overall form of the piece.
- Mental practicing
without the flute will also help.
- There is nothing wrong with practicing bit by bit.
- Practice in the dark, might help
- You should learn scales so that you can get better at sight reading.
- Play in the kitchen or the bathroom because you can get better feedback.
- When you play a study, you should apply it to other areas of your study.
- Learn many small tunes, it will help you and lead you to play big tunes.