- Getting to Know Your Flute: History of flute, parts of the flute, playing the basic scale, learning songs, finger control, technics for getting the best sound & breath control
- Flute Care: How to get the most out of your Native Flute for the long haul: *techniques to get the best sound and breath control,*basic ornamentation, *how songs are put together
- Understanding & Selecting Flutes: Learn how to quickly determine the dynamic range of a flute. Make yourself sound better on any flute, through a quick calibration Duets:
- Learn the first steps in playing duets: Call & Respond, Follow the Leader, other techniques for generating spontaneous duets.
This is where your wings grow! Here you’ll learn the little tricks to create accent sounds (embellishments) and add other musical interest while playing the standard NAF scale. We’ll practice with rhythms, learn to recognize and navigate musical phrasing, and experience playing solo to backing tracks in front of a live mic. We’ll also go over musical communication techniques so you can experiment playing with others.
Advance level students are typically already adept at embellishments and are very comfortable playing solo using the standard NAF scale. Playing with others can be more challenging, as it requires we “listen” with our eyes, ears and hearts, keeping a steady rhythm, recognizing phrasing, building courage to take the lead, and exercising grace to support another as they lead. The best way to learn this, is to do it a lot. With Joe as your musical guide, he’ll demonstrate with you as he encourages you to lead, or steps up while you support with a rhythmic flute background, and then you’ll practice with each other until it’s time to record. Alternative fingering techniques and scales will also be introduced.
Ideally, Master level students are fluent on alternative fingering techniques and scales, can utilize multiple embellishments with ease, and have experience playing with others. We should be able to step right into the thick of jumping up in front of a mic and exercising our musical communication skills by listening and playing in duets or trios to backing tracks on the fly, in the genre of blues, jazz, mid-Eastern style, etc., using alternative flute scales. We’ll alternate playing in different musical duets and trios until we hit a groove; you’ll know it when you feel it -and then we’ll build that into a dynamic musical interplay. Play, play, play - and then record it!
We had such fun playing in the Gypsy mode last summer, let’s add to our musical vocabulary! First we’ll learn to play these new scales and then we’ll explore them musically in solo, duet and ensemble settings with drums and percussion. From there, we’ll discover how to turn our ideas into compositions!