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When to start learning extended techniques

April 30, 2020

During a flute festival in the Netherlands I spoke with one of my colleagues. Though he feels my Flute Colors work is brilliant, he didn’t quite agree with me teaching extended techniques to young and novice flutists. A lovely discussion followed in which I explained to him my vision and didactics. For years now I’ve […]

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Tone bending – mind bending

February 27, 2020

When playing a tone on the piano, that’s it. It will have to do, even if the tone isn’t entirely pure. Playing a tone on the flute however, is much more flexible. Even whilst playing, you can control the intonation. On the one hand this is a blessing, but on the other hand it can […]

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Fireworks on the flute

February 2, 2020

Writing mid-December we are regularly startled by early fireworks in our village. Their backpacks filled with fireworks, young people stroll through the village and visibly enjoy the loud bangs and whistling bottle rockets. The noise can sometimes give you quite a scare. For me, thinking about fireworks the first thing that comes to mind is […]

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Ho-Ha-Hu, two exercises to vocalise on the flute

January 1, 2020

For singers it is only natural to pay attention to the mouth cavity. What happens when a vowel is sung with the emphasis at the front of the mouth and what happens when it is sung with the emphasis in the throat? Not many flutists seem to be paying much attention to this, which is […]

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Biting the bullet

December 4, 2019

My new dentist was very clear: ‘Your wisdom teeth must come out!’ My previous dentist had been warning me for seven years that this would need to happen at some point, but I always managed to postpone it as I had been dreading the procedure. Though my teeth weren’t giving me any problems now, I […]

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