These notes 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 computer.
- 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 it separately.
- 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 a lot.
- 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.