I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover apps that pertain to flute in this digital world, but I was! Here are a few of my favorites;
Flute Fingering Chart: A handy fingering and trill chart, it’s not all inclusive but it’s good in a pinch.
Pro Tuner: I’ve only played with this a little but so far it seems like an ok general tuner. I would use a real tuner for accuracy work.
Steinway Metronome: I’ve had this app for a couple years now and I like it. If only smart phones were around when I was in school! I was notorious for leaving my tuner and metronome on in my bag and running the batteries down. Someone once heard my digital metronome going in my flute case and asked if that was some kind of flute alarm system!
I also utilize the recording function on my iphone. Listening to your practice sessions can be very enlightening!
There you have it, happy practicing!
I’m up and around and healing nicely! And I just started practicing today for the things that are looming and have been weighing on my mind. Since I couldn’t actually play flute for these past weeks I have been doing something I used to do in the school days when I was short on time. Practice my brain! It may sound strange but for me, it’s really about the mental preparation. If I am familiar with a piece and I’ve looked the part over with a critical eye the result will be worth a few hours of actual practice. So I laid around and multitasked healing my wounds and listening to and looking at my music. I’m so excited to have some things to even practice for, to tell the truth. I am happy to be playing a short opera, the next meeting of the Tucson Rep Orch, and since the quintet did finally meet I have some pieces for them as well. Very excited for all those things!
I gave Ara her first ‘real’ recorder lesson today. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’ve waited this long to be serious about her musical education. I have my reasons, and I’ll admit that among them was a lack of desire to force her to sit still and listen to me. Then, last night she saw me setting up chairs for a lesson and she said she wished that she had a flute lesson tomorrow! So I made a big deal about scheduling a lesson for her. I put her name officially on my lesson schedule, made up an info sheet for her, and prepared a lesson plan. Then I insisted that she behave as she would for any other teacher and I tried very hard to treat her like a real student. I think she enjoyed the lesson and we accomplished a good amount. I’m focusing on a giving her a solid foundation in musical theory so that she can switch to what ever instrument she wants when the time comes. For now, we’re learning on recorder with some basic piano. There is something so deeply satisfying about passing on your knowledge to your child. I don’t know what she will choose to do with her life but I hope that music will be a part of it.
After the lesson Ara was in a great mood and she asked if she could make dinner for our family. She chose to make ww pita pizzas and the care she took creating shapes with cheese was so cute. While I was recovering I taught her how to make her own microwave oatmeal and that has sort of been the catalyst for a theme of independence in her. She’s even been making breakfast for me in the mornings!
Ok I’m exhausted, time to sleep!
I recently met with 3 other people to discuss starting a quintet. That’s a really exciting sentence for me to type. I need a moment to savor it’s sweetness.
Okay, so, we met at a coffee house and introduced ourselves. We discussed some previous experiences, goals for a quintet, possible horn players, and places to rehearse. All this talk about a new quintet makes me think about my old group, the good ol’Kachinas! And today, when our first rehearsal was canceled I was so disappointed I scraped open my filing cabinet and pulled out a folder full of photocopied music with scribbles all over it (like in the picture). Yes, I saved photocopied music from waaaay back in the ol college days and yes I played through it ALL along with a recording of the old days.
I love how the pencil markings illustrate what a strange minded person I am. You can see the name Charles twice which was the clarinet player (AKA Sir), you can see the word ‘count’ which is hilarious, also written are the words ‘sneak, watch, me, and numbers. Maybe all that isn’t funny if you’re not a musician, I don’t know, maybe it’s not funny to musicians either! Either way, it’s funny to me. I miss the old dudes from Kachina and I sincerely hope this new group gets off the ground. I’m super excited to play!
I’m listening to the first 2 tracks of my recording with Allan Alexander right now! I’ve mentioned this project before but I’ll repeat since I can’t remember what I said and I’m far to lazy to comb my old posts. Allan is publishing 3 new books for flute and guitar, that come with a CD of all the pieces. He needed a flute player, magically got my name, emailed me, the rest is almost history. This project has been so great for me, we work well together and every week he gives me new books, sheet music, and CD’s. It’s really my dream come true! I love the music, playing, and I even love trying to come up with my own pieces! I’ve been practicing and composing every chance I get. I was so close to becoming a former flute player before this happened, it’s really such a change for me! I can’t wait to share some when it’s all finished. I think the recording is beautiful, but I’m pretty biased. I hope everyone who hears this CD will be as inspired to play as I feel.
The picture is an ultimate close up of the beautiful Easter Lilly that Alex surprised me with last week. What a sweet man! I’ve never actually had a flower like this and I’m so in love with the smell! I put it on the steps by the front door so that I get a whiff every time I walk by. Who needs chemical air fresheners when a plant can smell so good AND filter your air for you? I’m just say’in… go green!