Everyone needs some resources to look into now and again. Since so many people have done this so very well (and with such thoroughness) I am not going to attempt to create my own online information source. Instead, I'd like to point you in the direction of some great pages that will be of utmost interest and help to you. (And if you have a great resource page to share, or a suggestion of a book or blog to read, please contact me and let me know about it!)
One useful thing you might do is to check my Flute Studio Forum here on this site for any useful articles or tips. I tend to focus more on motivation and productivity in my writings than anything else because I feel our drive to succeed is a very important part of learning well. Please enjoy the articles. :)
GENERAL FLUTE RESOURCES:
One of my absolute heroes of flute teaching and playing, (and a most generous, observant, and helpful human being) is Keith Underwood. You can watch an interview with him here. As mentioned in the opening lines of the interview, Keith's teaching style and uncanny ability to diagnose and redirect have made him a go-to resource, a "Mr. Fix It" of sorts for professionals worldwide. You absolutely must check out some of his classes and techniques. There is a pay-to-view option for many of his classes where you can view him helping pros and amateurs alike, as well as players of all instruments.
You can find pages and pages of seemingly endless flute resources by clicking and exploring the following:
- The Larry Krantz Flute Pages
- Jennifer Cluff's amazing page full of repertoire lists, suggestions, and tips
- There are tons of video tutorials available via Nina Perlove's site/YouTube.
- Check out John Wion's page for great articles, a link to his interesting memoir, and great lists on errata, timings of flute pieces, and historical listings of orchestral principal flutists. His vibrato page is one of the most-visited pages on his site and you should check it out! John Wion was one of my teachers and I am forever indebted to him for his generosity and sage advice.
- Patricia George also offers a wealth of ideas, and perspectives on practicing and performing.
- The Flute Ark, a resource by Trevor Wye
- Catherine LeGrand's Blog which includes interviews and videos with Keith Underwood discussing breathing, buzzing and other techniques
- Mats Moller's awesome website on extended techniques
- Helen Bledsoe's great lists of repertoire with extended techniques and repertoire for auxiliary flutes, not to mention her blog.
- Greg Patillo and his tutorials on Beatboxing
- The NFA's Graded Flute Repertoire and Graded Flute Studies guides
- For those of you taking auditions: Rob Knopper's Audition Hacker website
CONNECTICUT CONCERT AND COMMUNITY BANDS:
Looking for a place to play? Here is an awesome list of bands located throughout the state of Connecticut!
RESOURCES FOR MUSIC PURCHASES AND FLUTE REPAIR:
Flute Repair options in Connecticut
Great options for trying and purchasing flutes for players in the Connecticut Region
Places to purchase music and supplies (both locally and online).
PUBLICATIONS AND/OR GROUPS TO SUBSCRIBE TO:
- The National Flute Association
- Larry' Krantz's FLUTE LIST (a list serve that you can participate in via email)
- The New York Flute Club
- Flute Talk
Great resource in the New York Area for masterclasses, created by Mary-Ann Tu
TRY THESES FACEBOOK RESOURCES:
- Facebook Flute Network
- Flute Masterclasses and Competitions
- The Flute Teacher's Network
- Flutist Facebook Association
- Flute Chat
- Flutes for Sale
- Flute Jobs
- The Audition Hacker Facebook Group
RESOURCES REGARDING BODY AWARENESS AND "CONNECTION":
- The Alexander Technique. A good read on this subject is: Indirect Procedures by Pedro de Alcantara
- Body Mapping A good read on this subject, for flutists and teachers is: Body Mapping for Flutists: What Every Flutist Needs to Know about the Body by Lea Pearson
RESOURCES FOR DEALING WITH STAGE FRIGHT/LEARNING/NERVES/IMPROVING THE ABILITY TO REMAIN "IN THE ZONE":
- Dr. Noa Kageyama's awesome blog, The Bulletproof Musician
- The Inner Game of Music - Barry Green
- Effortless Mastery - Kenny Werner
- A Soprano On her Head - Eloise Ristadt
- Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Cskikszentmihalyi
- Great Lies We Live By - Dr. Stephanie Burns
- Move Closer, Stay Longer - Dr. Stephanie Burns
- Helen Spielman's Perform Confidently progams
GREAT BOOKS TO READ (see above for a few more):
- Music and the Flute - Thomas Nyfenger
- The Talent Code - Daniel Coyle
- Kincadiana - John Krell
- The Flute Book - Nancy Toff
- On Playing the Flute - Quantz
- Ornamentation in Baroque and Post-Baroque Music - Frederick Neumann
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES FOR DOWNLOADS:
- IMSLP - resource for the world's public domain sheet music.
- This is not a "download" source, but if you love pop music, there is a young flutist who posts the words and the notes to play along with many of your favorite pop tunes. The site is called Fluters Music. It's a nice option to be able to play along with your favorite songs!
FOR SHOW MUSICIANS:
- Bret Pimental's truly awesome compilation/guide for woodwind doubling in musicals. Look up a show, and find out what's in each book!
- Internet Broadway Database find out who played what, and when. Fun!