an online community for flutists.
I've done nothing other than play tunes. That's the teaching method of the teach yourself book I'm using.
The book showed me how to play 4 notes, then a few arrangements of those notes.
Then added another note and a few tunes using those 5 notes. And so on.
I was quite pleased to be able to get my teeth into some Beethoven, but felt rather let down when I played it. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star :-D
I'm now working on the 1812 Overture, perfecting Greensleeves and just got the music for the flute part of Down Under by the pop group Men At Work.
I think I'll put myself on test, with the ABRSM level 1 exam soon.
hi been playing at a lot of open mic at sports bars it has been going over very well even a couple of request too i play mostly contemporary christian music (rock pop and progressive mental ) style barlow girl and fire flight goes well i also play at the worship team at church and 2 community band and have a band of my owne Grocery always working on new stuff mostly i play by ear have a good day
I don't know if I count as a Senior Newbie, but a Silver haired flutist that returned to playing my flute after a long time. As a more mature player, I discovered that it really isn't about how fast one can play or how many fingerings I can memorize. I now concentrate more on phrasing, tonalty, what my jaw and throat are doing in relation to sound and expression. I'm currently studying some arrangements done by Louis Moyse which is forcing me to slow down, hear my tone, express the music..... taking another look at phrasing and dynamics, I focus in a whole different way. I'm liking the way I play and sound, and appreciate the times when I can really get a good tone. My embrochure is developing in a wonderful way as I play long tones. I hear myself! enjoy it so much more now than when I was a youngster in school.
You could start a new Group and call it Silver Newbies, if you like.
It would be easier to find for anyone joining, rather than finding a thread in a forum.
Use it to keep each other up to date on how we're progressing, or not, etc.
Guess I qualify as well, I've been "playing" for over a year now, am approaching the double nickle and am mostly self taught (and what I've picked up here and from user groups). I try to play daily for an hour, time permitting and play mostly classical, rock and folk songs. What are some of your favorite songs? I use the Essential Elements book for pratice (Simon Peters suggested it) which I find helpful , especially the play along cd.
I'm still using the old school books I saved from 1971! I also enjoy CD's and the play alongs that I buy from web sites. I have started to get more brave about challenging myself. I just wish I had more time for playing.
Hi, hope you can join in the fun at the new discussion group-- the silver flutist!
Ha ha ha :-) . You've taken Dick Hoytes idea and run with it instead of talking :-D
I've joined it :-)
I just thought it was a good idea to get to know my fellow silver's. where are you located? I'm in Sacramento , California.
Home is around 30 miles away from Edinburgh, Scotland.
I'm a long distance truck driver though, so for 5 or 6 days a week I'm touring Europe by truck. Every week (apart from holidays).