James Galway 16 Flute Video

James Galway recently did a video where he played 16 of his flutes. He took out the color so there was no cheating as to what material the flute being played was made out of. I thought they all sounded great.

Here are the details of which flute was which.

  1. Lois Lot silver 10032
  2. Muramatsu silver EX 53320. / Muramatsu Pads
  3. A.K. Cooper 164 silver with a Haynes Head / Pads unknown
  4. Muramatsu all silver 14657 / Muramatsu Pads
  5. Muramatsu Platinum 44755 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  6. J.Brogger. 18k gold 555 with a Nagahara head. c# trill key and Straubinger Pads
  7. Muramatsu 18k gold 61700 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  8. A. K. Cooper 14k gold 188 (Berlin Phil flute) Left hand low C# key Pads Unknown
  9. Emanuel 18k gold 150 C# Trill key Pads unknown
  10. A.K.Cooper. 14k gold 197 Straubinger Pads
  11. Kanichi Nagahara 20k gold 550 C# Platinum riser
  12. Muramatsu 9k gold 64200 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  13. Muramatsu 14k 38220 Muramatsu Pads
  14. Kanichi Nagahara 18k gold 518 C# Trill key and Platinum riser
  15. Muramatsu 24k gold 60100 / C# trill key Muramatsu Pads
  16. Muramatsu 24k gold 55555 / Switchable split E and Muramatsu pads.

I’m curious as to why Sir James does not have a Powell nor a Haynes in his collection? Or even a Yamaha?

The Flute Collection

&G. Schirmer has a new series of books out called The Flute Collection. There are three books in the series, a Easy-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Intermediate-Advanced. These are excellent books. They come with a Flute and a Piano part, the CD (or CDs) come with full performance and accompaniment tracks. Caen Thomason-Redus on Flute and Elena Abend on Piano. 

Plus, if you use the CDs on a computer (Mac or PC), you can run the included Amazing Slowdowner program on the tracks. 

Louis Moyse Dies

From the Rutland Herald, “Louis Moyse, one of the 20th century’s foremost flutists and a co-founder of Marlboro Music Festival, died Monday at Central Vermont Medical Center at age 94.” Louis Moyse was the son of Marcel Moyse, and a flute master in his own right. It is amazing that he had conducted his own arrangement of “Barber of Seville” just two weeks ago, in addition to teaching master classes. Amazing! Here is another article about his death.

Period Recordings Of Marcel Moyse

Title pretty much says it all. They are old recordings (1930s), but man, the tone is amazing. I can only wonder what he’d sound like using modern equipment. I believe they used to make these straight to disc. Disc, meaning waxed disc. You can learn a little about the technology here and here (take Wikipedia with a grain of salt though).

The recordings are housed here:
http://www60.tok2.com/home/sonore/

Beatboxing On Flute

Greg Patillo has some excellent youtube videos of him beatboxing and playing flute.

Inspector Gadget

Super Mario Brothers!

Excellent stuff. He has a Myspace page (I hate myspace). Check him out!

If you want to learn more about beatboxing, check out Humanbeatbox. They have some videos and tutorials there. I found the site very enjoyable, especially some of the demos. The guy has this English/Australian accent that just cracks me up. (L as in Lollipop).

But seriously, beatboxing and flute is a very cool thing. Coolest thing I’ve heard since Tom Scott’s flute solo on Patrick Williams tune Threshold.

Transcriptions of Harold McNair Jazz Flute Solos

John Devitt wrote “Hello all, for those of you interested in studying jazz flute improvisation I’ve uploaded two MIDI files of transcribed solos of the late great jazz flautist Harold McNair to my website. If you don’t have a sequencer or notation program which can print out the solo part you can download the accompanying PDF files and print them out. The files are strictly for private study and may not be used for commercial purposes. On my homepage just scroll down to the MIDI files area. Hope you enjoy,and, of course, feedback is welcome.

Regards,

John Devitt http://home.hetnet.nl/~johmar/index.html

Long Tone Exercises for Young Students . . .

harry63 writes “I teach flute lessons in my community and I am having the hardest time getting my younger students (grades 7-9) to practice their long tones. Their finger technique is excellent, but their tone leaves a lot to be desired. When I ask them I get the “but it’s so BORING” response. I have tried explaining the importance, but they don’t think it is necessary. Are there any suggestions on ways to implement long practicing without giving them boring exercises?”

Jazz Scales and Improv

Amber writes “I have ‘composed’ the jazz scales. My friend taught me the B flat jazz scale and I used the intervals of that scale to create the other 11. I am not sure how accurate they are and it would be wise to learn them correctly. What is the best book on jazz scales,3rds,arpeggios ect. as well as improv for flute? Thankyou! :)”

Haynes Company Press Release

Wow, I received this submission from the actual Haynes company.Alan Weiss, Director of Sales & Marketing, writes

“Dr. Gerardo Discepolo, President
Di Zhao, Director of Manufacturing
Alan Weiss, Director of Sales & Marketing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2004
WORLD’S OLDEST FLUTE COMPANY UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP,
RUN BY “ALL-FLUTIST,” ALL-STAR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Representatives of the William S. Haynes Company of Boston, Massachusetts officially announce the sale of the world’s oldest manufacturer of artist quality handmade flutes. Haynes, established in 1888, is now a subsidiary of Eastman Strings, Inc. based in Clarksburg, Maryland. Founder and owner of Eastman Strings, Qian Ni, brings to Haynes many years of experience as a concert flutist, business owner, and musical instrument innovator. Mr. Ni is committed to keeping the friendly family atmosphere which Haynes has nurtured for the past century. Haynes remains the only major flute manufacturer still making flutes in the city boundaries of Boston, and will proudly maintain its historic downtown Boston location.”

“Heading the new management team as President is Dr. Gerardo Discepolo. He is a renowned flutist and businessman, and comes to Boston from the Conn-Selmer Division of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc., where he was the Manager of the Flute Division. Dr. Discepolo says, “The William S. Haynes Company makes extremely fine artist instruments which have been known for generations for their beauty of tone. I look forward to developing our contemporary flutes steeped in the rich Haynes tradition.”Director of Manufacturing is Di Zhao. Mr. Zhao is a flutist and craftsman with much experience and vision in making and designing fine quality flutes, most recently with Verne Q. Powell Flutes.

Rounding out the new management team as Director of Sales & Marketing is acclaimed flutist Alan Weiss. An experienced performer and former administrator and professor of flute at Boston University, Mr. Weiss will be readily available to assist flutists and dealers. According to Mr. Weiss, “It is a wonderful privilege to represent the finest flute company in existence. I have been a Haynes artist for many years and have always admired their creations.”The William S. Haynes Company is also pleased to announce the initiation of an annual flute competition open to all flutists age 30 and younger. The John C. Fuggetta Scholarship competition was founded in memory of the flute maker and former owner of Haynes. Three winners will be selected each year by a prestigious panel of adjudicators. First prize will be a gold flute, and second and third prizes will be silver flutes, all to be awarded at a ceremony in Boston.

The William S. Haynes Company is centrally located in the heart of downtown Boston in the Bay Village district. For more information regarding Haynes products, the John C. Fuggetta Scholarship, or a complimentary factory tour, please contact Alan Weiss at (617) 482-7456.”

125 Easy Classical Studies for Flute in BinaB format

Ian Ross Drummond writes “The following files may be found at the BIABFSG site in the files section.


125 Easy Classical Studies for Flute (Part 1 & 2)

The files within this Zip are a collection of Band in a Box files worked from a study book in my possession called “125 Easy classical studies for Flute”.(Universal Edition UE 16042) The files are worked around classical flute studies by:-

  • Francois Devienne
  • Louis Drouet
  • Anton Bernard Furstenau
  • Giuseppe Gariboldi
  • Antoine Hugot
  • Johann George Wunderlich
  • Ernesto Kohler
  • Charles Nicholson
  • Wilhelm Popp
  • Heinrich Soussmann
  • Johann George Tromlitz

These are a fine collection of studies for the beginner flautist, written by master flautists. They are short and melodic and will hopefully prove to be fun to play along with. I have made no attempt to render these files in a “classical” style since the purpose is to provide a purely enjoyable way for young players to work through the text. If young players work through these files with their own computers,or in a group teaching/learning situation,then I will be well satisfied. As is usual with my files I want to make the point that the original text should be bought!! BB will not notate the melody correctly but should sound reasonably correct (trills are problematic) and I have made no attempt to correct the actual notation. (The music will go out of print if nobody buys it so BUY THE STUDY BOOK!) I can make no claim to harmonic mastery but I hope that these “work-horse” arrangements will render practice more enjoyable for our younger flautists. (The melody is only stated once with all the files and then continues with accompaniment alone)

Ian Ross Drummond (iantrdrummond@hotmail.com)”

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