There will come a time in almost every musician’s life when you get sick but you still have to play you’re instrument. Whether you have an important performance or simply a lesson, here’s your guide to playing when you’re sick.
With winter upon us, it’s important that we all stay healthy. However, if you do get sick, you need to be prepared for playing when you’re sick. Continue reading “Musician’s Guide to Playing When You’re Sick”
If you are like most musicians today, you have a lot going on. Sadly, we don’t always have hours to practice. We also don’t have tons of time to warm up be it for a practice session, rehearsal, or a performance.
That’s why I have experimented over the past year with different warm up ideas and have found what works for me. Today, I am going to share some rapid warm ups with you for when you don’t have much time to practice. Continue reading “Rapid (5 Minute) Warm Ups”
There are many reasons why your practice time is limited. It could be because of work, school, other extracurricular activities, or simply your own well being. In any case, you don’t have a ton of time to practice, so you have to make the most of the time you do have.
When your practice time is limited, you have to learn how to work well in a short amount of time. You can’t waste time setting up your instrument or tuning or doing countless exercises. Continue reading “When Your Practice Time is Limited”
The 2018 NFA convention is less than two weeks away, which means you are probably thinking about your travel plans. Hopefully, you already have everything set, but you still might be worried about flying with your instruments.
While this is my first time attending NFA, I have flown with instruments before. So, I am going to share tips from my own experience as well as from various travel websites. The tips here will be in chronological order, so you can get a head start with the first few tips before you even arrive at the airport. Continue reading “NFA: Flying with Your Instruments”
If you have played classical music before, you probably know that most music terms are not in English. Tempo markings, dynamics, and characteristics are all in Italian. Some composers, like those from Germany and Russia write their notations using their mother tongue. Italian and German are two perfect foreign languages for flutists.
That’s why it is important for serious musicians to learn what these phrases mean and how they fit into the context of the language they come from. Continue reading “Foreign Languages for Flutists”