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The Importance of Multilingualism

I have noticed that many people have finally come to realize that there is a need for people to speak multiple languages. I, being from the United States, grew up in a monolingual household. My parents only spoke and speak English. Is this bad? Not necessarily, but they are from a different generation. I think that the people of today, of all ages, should be able to speak at least two languages. Why? Frankly, it is just how the world is going. English is an important language, yes, but not everyone speaks it, at least, not to a great degree. Many people who move to an English-speaking country feel isolated because we don’t speak their native language. They might speak enough English to get around, but is that really enough? I will forever love this quote by Nelson Mandela, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
I am assuming the reader is from some English-speaking country, so if you are not, please excuse me. Imagine travelling to a place, say China. Not many people in China understand English. Sure, there will be diplomats and interpreters at certain places, but that’s it. You are alone in a country with literally a billion people. That is the feeling that most immigrants from Central America and other countries feel like when they come to the United States. In the United States, immigrants are basically forced to learn English. Why is it so hard for us to at least try to learn theirs?

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And, in Bulgarian:
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(Blagodarya za chetene!)

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Cool Headjoint!

I recently came across a headjoint for flute called a “glissando headjoint.” It was invented by flutist Robert Dick, and it sounds really cool. He talks about how he was inspired by Jimi Hendrix and the whammy bar on an electric guitar.
Here is a link to his video interview and demonstration:
http://www.artistshousemusic.org/videos/flutist+robert+dick+demonstrates+the+glissando+headjoint

Protec Flute Case Cover Review

For this post, I wanted to do a review of a product that I love. That product is, as stated in the title, the flute case cover by Protec. I have had it for a little over a year now, and it has come in very handy for me.
Disclaimer: I was not asked to do this review, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
The cover itself is black. It has a detachable shoulder strap, a handle on the side and on the end of the cover. The cover also has two pockets, one made to store your flute, C-foot or B-foot, and a pocket on top which can store either cleaning supplies or a piccolo. It does not fit the bulkier cases that come with most student models.
I have my Trevor James 10x flute in the big pocket and my Armstrong piccolo in the small pocket. This case runs for about $32 on Amazon, but I purchased mine from a small specialty shop in my area for a couple dollars more.
I recently bought my piccolo, so I was very happy to have had this cover on hand. Before that, I would use this cover on the nights I had a band concert. I would just stick my phone and whatever else I needed in the front pocket so that I wouldn’t need to bring a purse. But the main reason I bought it was so that I could have a strap and a better handle than what my previous case came with. (Before I got my Trevor James, I had a very cheap model that came in a French style case.) 
If I had to list the faults, I would say that the plating on the straps’ hooks started to come off after a few months, but that is not a major issue.
Overall it is a good product, and I would definitely recommend it to any flute player who is looking for a new way to carry their instrument.
Thanks for reading!
To purchase this case cover for yourself, click here.

Pictures here:

Musical Instrument Mondays!-Ethnic Woodwinds

Well people, April is coming to a close which means this is the last post in my Musical Instrument Mondays Series. For the past four weeks, I have been posting something about a different musical instrument each week, and that usually went along with a regular post the same day. For the last week, I wanted to focus on ethnic woodwinds (not just those in the pictures). I also knew that I wanted to write one post so that I could focus on ethnic woodwinds as a whole.
I have always been intrigued by ethnic instruments of all kinds. I love how some of them don’t even follow the western scale. I believe the instruments in the picture are from Peru, but I don’t know much about Peruvian instruments, so I am going to write about what I do know.
I own a few various ethnic instruments. I have two ethnic strings and three ethnic woodwinds. For the strings, I have a ukulele, of course, and an Appalachian dulcimer, which is a string instrument that you rest on your lap and it is tuned to a weird scale. For woodwinds, I have a recorder, an Irish penny whistle, and a Native American flute.
I don’t get to play my ethnics very often, but I really enjoy getting to play them. I got my first recorder from a childrens’ toy store. It was translucent purple, but it didn’t play well. I still have it, but I don’t play that one anymore because I now have a professional plastic recorder made by Yamaha. I currently only own a soprano, but I would love to acquire an alto and possibly some other sizes as well.
I recently started playing the penny whistle when I got two on my trip to the Musical Instrument Museum (the trip that inspired this mini-series). I bought two because I thought they were in different keys, but even though they are the same key, I don’t regret buying both because they have different tones.
I got my one and only Native American flute from my grandma after she passed away. She is also where I got the dulcimer that I have. I don’t play the NA flute as much as the other ethnics because I have not been able to figure out what key it’s in or how to play it. When I do pull it out of its protective bag, I usually just mess around.
Thanks for reading! Comment below if you want me to do more mini-series like this!
I hope you enjoyed!
Here is a picture of the display of ethnic woodwinds at the museum:

Musical Instrument Mondays!-An Organ Speaker

For today’s installment of my Musical Instrument Mondays series, I don’t have an instrument, rather it is a piece of equipment to be used with an organ. That is called the Leslie speaker. I not only saw one on my visit to the musical instrument museum, but I have also had the pleasure of playing through one using an organ. Here is a picture of the one at the museum:

I’m not exactly the best at taking photos, but this is what the outside looks like. The speaker is usually closed, but it can be open. It’s really cool to see an open one being played through because you get to see two rotating speakers inside that make for a good, rich sound.
So that’s it for part three. I will have one more next Monday as I am only doing this in April.
If you have any ideas for posts or short series like this one, comment below because I would love some inspiration!
Thanks for reading!