I do not consider my self as having mastered the flute, but I get a real kick out of trying.
I have to report to those of you who think diamonds make a difference that I cannot tell what it is. Seriously, as you all know, they make no difference at all. They just make the flute look a little more special.
I think it is most important for a teacher to play the pieces and studies that are being played by the student.
Taking drugs to overcome nerves is the thin edge of the wedge going in there.
Never just run through a study because you happen to be familiar with it, but use it to see what you can get from it on this new day which has been granted you.
Everyone who plays the flute should learn singing.
Yes indeed I have gained a lot out of playing scales and etudes.
By the time I got to the Paris Conservatoire I was very good at the scales and arpeggios.
The quickest way to unlock your talent is to take the flute out of the box.
Control of vibrato helps your musical expression.
It is normal to be nervous.
They are all different and I find it hard to tell what flute suits me best.
Being unprepared heightens nerves.
I use the traditional Moyse scale books slightly modified.
You can sightread better if you know your scales and arpeggios.
Scales played in the correct musical way are very exciting and rewarding.
The mind of the performer is a very strange thing.
You cannot prepare enough for anything.
Running through things because you are familiar with them, breeds routine and this is the seed of boredom.
...I got to try the bagpipes. It was like trying to blow an octopus.
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