Last Day’s to Vote, Take the Poll Now

Hello world. Change 12% to 50% follower votes overnight. Today and tomorrow are the last day’s to vote on what categories are kept when big website updates are made. In order to insure the categories you like are kept, cast your vote now!


What Makes Better Posts? Your Vote on This Poll

Hello world. Yes, I’m nagging you about the posts that are presented. It is obvious that news like updates for Kayla Smith Music are enjoyed, but other posts like reviews on products and performances, opinions about anything in the music world, informational things that are shared about the music world through experience, and music trivia are unclear. I do not know who votes, but I assume it is followers; right now we’re at 12%. So, take the poll. Your voice matters.

A Possible Change to This Blog (You make the difference)

Hello everyone, as I do more research to how many musicians handle their blogs and I take a look at my own, I notice quite a few differences. As I am working on my brand new website, I am thinking about reworking my blog. News updates will stay, but other categories will stay based on how much you, as a community want them. Right now, you can take a poll to voice what categories you want to keep or add. This poll will be up for the remainder of the month.

April Report

March came to a close last week, and I’ll I could think of is they don’t call it March madness for nothing. All but one of my weekends was busy with workshops, performances, and social events. I hope to have more relaxing weekends this month, but that’s not going to stop me from working on my business.

The Ah Tempo Flutes performances on the 23rd went well. Both retirement homes enjoyed our company and would love to have the group back. We as a group enjoyed performing for others, but since they were private events, we didn’t really get pictures.

On another note, I made an investment during March. As much as I hate spending money, I purchased a new computer. Though my old one is still functional, a ten year old computer is not really compatible with some of the business things I have planned.

Speaking of which, my new website, that I hope to integrate this one to, is well under way. I made the choice to switch to something that I have a little more control, like ads.

Finally, I look forward to some of your ideas. I blog my opinions on music topics, reviews on artists or music items, facts, and informational things that may be useful to those in the music world. So, feel free to send your ideas either through my contact page or by leaving your thoughts in the comments. Thank you.

Facts About Classical Music from List 25

Sharing what we learn helps everyone gain knowledge or in otherwords, grow. List 25 will put out posts and videos of theories, facts, and other content. There list of “25 Bizarre Facts About Classical Music” had many facts that I already knew, but some were entirely new. How many do you know? Leave your thoughts in the comments and if you liked their content, be sure to give their post and this post a like.

Fox’s “The Masked Singer”

Recently, Fox’s season one of “The Masked Singer” came to a close. While I am not a fan of reality TV, I enjoyed the concept of listening to the contestants ability to sing (or not) without a preconceived notion of who they are and what their past was.

I really enjoyed getting to listen to each contestant. Some were really great, and some were…lets just say not so good, but I was able to make that judgement based on how they sounded, not what they looked like or what their past might have been. I often do this at home; I am not really in the know of famous artists or their background, but if I hear a song and I like it, I will then figure out who the artist is and then buy the song. We tend to prejudge people based on their looks, their fame, and their background. But, if you went in with a blindfold and just listened, like “The Masked Singer” basically does, then you may discover all kinds of music that you love, but may have never experienced otherwise.

Again, I am not a fan of the screaming, yelling, and judging that often comes with these competition reality shows, so I would often just watch the singing and reveal parts of the show and skip everything else. But if you’re into reality shows, especially singing competition like shows, this is right up your ally.

I’d say the costumes were really fun too. Some of them were a little more traditional looking, and some got really creative. There was a monster, peacock, bee, lion, alien, rabbit, raven, unicorn, poodle, deer, pineapple, and a hippo. My personal favorite was the lion.

The top three, monster, peacock, and bee, were my favorite. This makes sense considering that they are all singing professionals. The peacock was blatantly obvious to my from the moment he started singing in the first episode. I won’t spoil the reveal in case you have not seen it, but would like to. The bee was probably my favorite, for her singing was usually tugging at my heart-strings. The monsters reveal was a complete surprise to nearly everybody. He can sing, but I think I would have prejudged him, if I knew who he was or his music before he performed.

All in all, it can be a fun watch; if you’re up for it. You can find online at places like Hulu or YouTube. You can also expand your listening horizons by doing a blind listening exercise with a friend or with the radio. This is one reality show that I enjoyed and appreciate. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to give a like, and if there was one thing you took away from this, or future posts you’d like me to share, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks.

Proper Posture for Playing Flute

Posture is something that could be looked at from nearly any situation. From exercising to typing, each proper placement of the body has visual, functional, and health benefits. This post will dive into the nitty-gritty of proper posture for flute playing and some of the benefits from it.

We’ll start with a standing posture from the bottom of the body and up. First, your lower body should turned about 45-degrees to the right of your music stand, with your feet flat on the floor and shoulder width apart. Remember to keep your knees bent slightly to avoid blood circulation problems or passing out. Next, shift your hips so that your shoulders are nearly parallel to your music stand. Do NOT twist your waist, for that is not only uncomfortable, but hinders your breathing as well. Your arms should be bent at about 90-degree angles, kind of like some toy dolls, and when you lift up your flute, your arms should neither be tucked in, nor parallel to the ground like your getting ready to flap wings. Instead, your arms should be in a position somewhere in between with close to a straight wrist (especially in the right hand). Place the mouthpiece in the crevice of above your chin so that it is below your lower lip. The angle of your flute can be parallel to the ground or slanted slightly downward, no more than about 25-degrees. Stand tall with your chin slightly up, and there you have it; a good standing posture.

Having a proper standing position not only provides solid footing and good hand placement, it opens up and supports your air stream. That way, you can take deep, controlling breaths. It also prevents health hazards too, like poor circulation, and tendinitis.

A proper sitting position is very similar to standing; except the lower half of your body. Your upper body should still be straight and tall, with your chin slightly up and your flute parallel or angled slightly. When sitting, you should sit at the edge of the chair with your feet flat on the floor; another way to look at it is that your legs form a 90-degree angle. You can sit with your feet facing directly toward the stand or off to the side, much like when your standing. Now you have a good sitting posture. The flat feet support the posture, and the tall torso opens your airway.

There you have it, a proper way to stand or sit while playing the flute. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to give a like. If there was one thing you took away from this or future posts you’d like me to share, leave your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks.

March Message

What a crazy month it has been, between the historical snowfall and sudden changes with my day job. It did allow me to sit down and work on the logistics of my personal business. Though I do not have substantial news yet, I will provide some updates that occurred as well as significant dates to look forward to.

First off, I finally started experimenting with recording. Though I feel I have got to spend more time with this before I put anything out in public, it is a step forward toward my goals of bringing music of all ages and cultures to an engaged audience of all ages (specifically the younger crowd).

I’ve also been working on expanding my flute studio. Not only am I trying to connect with people in the local area, but I have been seriously contemplating on putting together a teaching course that I might put up on a site like “teachable.” I have my doubts about the benefits of online flute teaching, however it would probably have a similar effect to if I were teaching a classroom full of flute players. You can let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Ah Tempo Flutes is set to perform live on the 23rd this month. Even though it is a private event, we will see if we can get photos/videos.

Finally, I look forward to some of your ideas. I blog my opinions on music topics, reviews on artists or music items, facts, and informational things that may be useful to those in the music world. So, feel free to send your ideas either through my contact page or by leaving your thoughts in the comments. Thank you.

Music’s Intellect: Math

Math, science, history, reading, language. Five skills learned in school that researchers and musicians argue are tied to music, especially to those who learn music. A previous post, “The importance of music in schools,” quickly goes into these aspects and how they can benefit those five areas of learning. However, this post, as well as future posts titled “Music’s Intellect” will dive into how I think each of these skills learned, ties into music and goes beyond. So, how does music tie into math?

Rhythm is the division of short and long sounds or silences. Much like fractions, you have a whole and can break it down into smaller or “shorter” sizes that can still equal the whole. Like a dollar, a whole note (a type of rhythm) is equal to four quarter notes. They equal the same length, but one is one long sound and the other is four shorter sounds. Those that are familiar with music can think of a variety of rhythm combinations that create unique songs.

Another mathematical aspect in music is Tempo (the measurement of time). Some songs are fast and some are slow, all of which is measured by beats per minute. You could have 60 beats per minute, just like 60 seconds, or 120 beats per minute which is much faster.

So math is the technicality of how music is measured. However, it also can create expression as well. One song, played at two different speeds can change the whole feeling of the music. Also, slowing down the speed in certain sections of a lyrical song can tug at your heartstrings, but doing the same thing in a song that is supposed to sound like a racing train, ends up loosing its feeling. Rhythm usually does not change, because the combination of short and long sounds/silences make a song unique to other songs, but the interpretation of the tempo or speed can make a piece of music unique to the performer.

All in all, music is an intellectual pleasure that ties math into technicality and expression. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to give a like and leave your thoughts or ideas of future content in the comments section below.