Every flutist has probably played or seen a piccolo. Not every flutist has played or seen an alto flute. While low flutes (like alto and bass) are becoming more common, they are still a mystery to many flute players.
I didn’t see or play one until I transferred from community college to university. Still, none of the flute majors owned an alto flute, both altos belonged to the school. Continue reading “Alto Flute Beginner’s Guide”
The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means gift giving. If you’ll be shopping for a musician or you’re a musician and looking for wishlist ideas, this gift guide is for you.
As much as we musicians want new instruments, this gift guide is going to target accessories, sheet music, and other small gifts. Feel free to share this gift guide with all of your friends so they can buy you a gift you’ll actually use. Continue reading “Gift Guide for Musicians 2018”
Am I a workaholic? Yes I am. Now, I’m going to tell you about how I realized I am a workaholic and how I am dealing with it.
Workaholism is not *always* a bad thing, but it can get out of hand. I have let myself work too much, and I have faced negative consequences from it.
I also believe that being a workaholic is normal. Especially in music or any creative field. Musicians do what they do because they love it. There’s no shame in loving what you do, but you do have to know your own limits. Continue reading “Am I a Workaholic?”
Ah fundamentals. You either love ’em or you hate ’em. Scales, arpeggios, and long tones are a necessary part of practicing. Fundamentals include tone and technique, but how do you even practice fundamentals?
Your specific instrument will determine how you should practice fundamentals. Wind players and string players will not practice tone in the same way, for example.
Before you start practicing fundamentals, you need to have a plan. A shorter, more focused practice session will always be better than a longer, mindless one. Continue reading “How to Practice Fundamentals”