Archive | Improvisation

Tap into your musical flow at the upcoming Flowing Flautist Retreat in Cornwall, UK

I’m leading a second Boho Flute Retreat this year in Cornwall… and you’re invited! This retreat is called The Flowing Flautist and is taking place on the 16th-18th of September, 2016. Achieving a state of ‘flow’ is about being ‘in the zone’ and finding the magic in your playing so that you can tap into […]

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My up-close-and-personal conversation with flautist and interdisciplinary performer Zara Lawler

I’ll admit that I was skeptical (and intrigued) when I first read that New York city-based flautist, Zara Lawler combines dance, voice and text while she plays. But,  listen– that skepticism didn’t last long because after I watched her brilliant theatrics in action I was hooked. The fact that she quotes poetry by Rumi in the middle of her Andersen etudes (as one […]

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Teaching Improvisation? 9 Steps To Get Your Students Improvising (Pronto)

This step-by-step guide is designed to help you introduce basic improvisation in your lessons and offers a structured framework that can be easily modified for pupils of all levels.  (This was originally written for and published on the Trinity College London Music Support Blog in Nov. 2015 here) There is often a core belief amongst students […]

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Learn How to Play Tango Flute in London with Dr. Jessica Quiñones

  Saturday, 21 November 2015 Learn How to Play Tango Flute in London A one-day flute workshop with Dr. Jessica Quiñones 10am-4pm Venue: All Flutes Plus The Warren Room 60-61 Warren St, London W1T 5NZ Cost: £65 Description: If you have always wanted to explore playing tango music in the way you imagine it’s heard in […]

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5 questions to ask yourself before you give up on improvising altogether + 5 ways to get the most of your next session.

What’s that? You’re struggling with your musical improvisation?  No matter which genre you play, ask yourself these 5 questions next time you keep banging into Your Resistance: 1)  Have you accepted that your fear of it is part of the process of learning how to improvise? It’s not just you who is scared.  In Argentina, tango […]

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Why you will never be an ‘authentic’ tango musician–and why you (+ Yo-Yo Ma) shouldn’t take it personally

You have Piazzolla’s 6 Etudes/ Libertango/ Le Grand Tango in your hot little hands. You love playing the score. In fact you revel and delight in it. You think you could become a tango musical Jedi equivalent if you just knew how to play more authentically. So you dream about venturing to Buenos Aires to immerse […]

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