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For the Holiday Concert

My symphony chorus is performing a holiday concert in December, and we’re doing a piece with a flute solo (Simple Gifts). Apparently, I’m one of only two people in the chorus who play the flute, and I don’t think the other person has any interest in playing this solo. I’d LOVE to perform this solo . . . only trouble, I haven’t really played the flute in, oh, about 20 years. (Okay, more like 25). But, the music is fairly simple, except for a few crazy high notes (F# and E an octave above the staff) . . . but, I think that if I work at it, I can pull it off. The emphasis being on “working at it.”

So, for the next 40 days, I’m going to practice every single day. I should have a pretty good idea in a week or two whether or not I can actually get to the point where I could perform this in public. And, of course, my chorus director will have something to say about it, too. :D But I do think it would be a lot of fun to play this solo for our concert. (I just hope it doesn’t mean I won’t be able to get one of the vocal solos – there is one I really REALLY want to sing. Ah well. Things will work out for the best, I’m sure). :)


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Oct. 6th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Does this require some sort of lip preparation as in a trombone or does it just take practice and talent and memory to recall how you played it when you were two? ;)
Oct. 6th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
Heh. Two. Yeah. I was a child protege. ;)

Well, no, I don't think there's any particular lip preparation (didn't know you needed it for trombone, either, although that doesn't surprise me). I'm assuming that my embouchure will correct itself as I practice. Right now the tone I'm producing is all right most of the time, but I want it to be really good all the time . . . and I think it's just a matter of listening and correcting while I play. As for the rest of it, though, I was astounded and how easily the fingering came back. Sure, there are a few notes I've had to look up on the chart (particularly those super-high ones, that I probably never ever played before in my life), but mostly my fingers just remembered how to finger the notes. Pretty cool. So, we'll see. Think some happy thoughts for me though, will ya? :D
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
Sending all the 'Magic Flute' ability I have in your direction. Not all that altruistic as it probably isn't much and I'm darn sure never gonna need it. ;)
Oct. 6th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
The best thing I can recommend is to rent/borrow a piccolo and practice on that half as much as you do on flute. When I was in marching band, one month on the picc meant that I could hit *any* note perfectly on my flute. The picc just whips your ambouchure into shape in nothing flat. It's like boot camp for your pucker ;)

Awww, man...now I wanna go pull out my poor, dusty flute...
Oct. 7th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Oh, that's a good idea I hadn't thought of before! Today, I was able to get a more consistent tone up there, so I might not need to go to this expense (yeah, it would probably only cost me about $40 to rent a piccolo for a couple of months, but I'm cheap! :D). But, if I feel like it's just not happening, I will definitely give this a try.
Oct. 6th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oooh, good luck -- though I'm sure you'll be fine! *hugs*
Oct. 7th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
Thanks! I hope so - the practicing is going all right so far. I can finger all the notes, but I'm not sure my tone sounds very good. But I've got plenty of time . . . I think! Hee!

*hugs back*
Oct. 6th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! I forgot that you played flute too! I suppose I took it up because you played it, but I just forgot.

I'm sure you will be wonderful...keep practicing! I will try to come to your concert as well. :)
Oct. 7th, 2006 01:02 am (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, I played flute. Do you want to hear another "how lame were our parents" blast from the past?

Oh, I KNOW you do! :D :D :D

I played the flute in junior high, and I was pretty good, too. I was always first chair in band, and I played the piccolo, too, when it was needed. So, finally M & D bought me a flute, but it was a totally cheap piece of CRAP (I'd been much better off with the borrowed instrument from the school). I honestly could not get a decent sound out of this thing, and one night I got so frustrated with it that I beat it, literally, into a twisted hunk of scrap metal. (I just banged it on the floor until it was dead).

Some time later (a couple of years, maybe? Maybe not even that long) you decided that you wanted to play flute, so they went out and bought you a good one. Much better quality than the one they'd bought for me. Before you'd even started playing, or had proven that you'd stick with it in any way. I was not amused. :D

At least that's the way I remember it happening - maybe I've twisted it a bit in my head over the years, but it really hurt my feelings that they bought you a really nice instrument when you were just learning, after having bought me a cheap piece of crap when I was already a committed and decent musician! (I wasn't angry at you, BTW - jealous, probably, but not angry. Not your fault they - Ma? - treated you better). At least that's the way I remember it. I'll be interested to hear if you have a different memory of that situation! :)
Oct. 7th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
ROTFLOL. Poor Wendy. ALways getting the short end of the stick, huh? (Sort of a pun, huh? Get it? Stick?? HAHAHA) That is so funny how you beat it to death. Crappy flute. I did that to a wash machine once with a crow bar. Nice tempers we have, huh?

Well, I am sorry the freak bags yet again showed their parental idiocy and got me the nice flute. I don't really remeber it at all, but it sounds familiar. I think I was there when you beat the flute or shortly thereafter, I have some memory of that though.

Do you have a nice flute now? If not, I have a pretty nice one I got for Xmas a few years ago that is lovely if you want to borrow it. It's the least I can do to make up for the freakbagginess of our parents. :D

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