Activating a Weak Rotator Cuff Using the Body Blade

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

Have you heard of the Body Blade? It looks deceptively easy, but if you have any muscle weakness you’ll be shocked how difficult it is to control. This is an excellent tool for activating the weak muscles of the rotate cuff which can be especially painful in musicians such as flutists, guitarists, string players and pianists. Start out with 5 …

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Playing Flute With Double Jointed Fingers

In Fitness, Flute, Resources by Angela0 Comments

When I was in the Nashville Youth Symphony in high school, a fellow flutist had these beautiful rings I commented on and to my amazement she told me: “oh, I have double jointed fingers. These rings help prevent my fingers from flying backwards if I play too fast.” Say what?? So I looked into it and through the years I …

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Are you Music Strong?

In Entrepreneurship, Fitness, Flute, Travel, Workshops by Angela0 Comments

Whew! I have been traveling so much, there has been no time for updating, sorry!  This last week I was blessed to have been invited to present at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacadoches, TX.  I gave a flute masterclass, a recital, two Music Strong workshops and a presentation on being a musician in the military.  It was a wonderful …

Keep It Simple!

In Fitness, Flute by Angela0 Comments

Have you seen my latest article up on FluteFocus.com?  There is a plethora of valueable information and articles up on this site, be you a flutist or not.  Here is a sneak peak at my latest article, which you can view in its entirety here:  http://www.flutefocus.com/Health/keep-it-simple.html In it, I discuss the basic principles in designing a workout program.  K.I.S.S. Keep …

Upcoming Middle Tennessee Flute Days

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching, Travel, Workshops by Angela0 Comments

There are two excellent opportunities for growth, learning and fun for Middle Tennessee Flutists coming up VERY soon! January 26, 2013 Middle Tennessee State University Flute Festival Website: http://mtsuflute.weebly.com/2013-mtsu-flute-festival2.html Guest Artist: Kate Lukas Guest Artist Biography: KateLukas is Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is a former faculty member of the Guildhall School of …

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Tonal Imagination – Overcoming Focal Dystonia with Dr. Roger Martin

In Flute, Pedagogy and Teaching by Angela0 Comments

This article comes from my former flute professor, Dr. Roger Martin, the Professor of Flute at Tennessee Techonological Unviersity in Cookeville, Tennessee, where I got my Bachelor’s in Flute Performance. During my last few years there, we knew he had started to develop a strange problem – his fingers wouldn’t do what he “told” them to do. We knew he …