Developing Body Awareness and Self-Trust

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Once upon a time… Like most people who learn an instrument in the USA, I learned to play the flute in 6th grade.  I had wanted to start playing much earlier than this as I knew my mother had a flutehidden away under the stairs.  Sometimes I would take it down off the shelf, carefully (like it had magic and …

De-Mystifying Support and the Diaphragm

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As a wind instrumentalist, and especially as a flutist, I hear this question a lot: “What is support?” which is usually followed by this statement “Make sure you breathe/support from the diaphragm“. I hate to tell you, but that is absolutely impossible.  The intentions, when this statement is said, are good, but let’s talk about the diaphragm for a minute. …

Are You Ready to Change?

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What does change entail?  Why are we afraid?  This goes along with Failure, being Afraid to Fail and its cousin, Afraid of Success.  Which camp do you belong to? We are all afraid of something, whether we admit it or not.  We all have strengths and weaknesses, whether we admit it or not!  A lot of times these characteristics go …

NFA Convention Brochure

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The 2011 National Flute Association Convention Brochure is online now and will be shipped out to thousands of flutists worldwide in the next couple of weeks.  I took a peek at it today and got a nice surprise, my presentation “Lift, Play, Love: Basic Weightlifting for Efficient Flute Playing” has been listed on the brochure on Body, Mind and Spirit!  …

Spring is Coming, What are you Going to Do?

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Concerts, Camps, Festivals, Workshops, Etc. Spring and Summer are the times of year when we see a huge influx of camps and workshops, all geared towards immersing ourselves in what we love. First up, Interlochen Arts Academy is holding a special performance by their theatre and jazz students on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00pm in Naples, Florida. Beverly Hall Naples …

Great Fitness Deals

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Free Shipping Sale at Perform Better There is a really nice sale going on at Perform Better.  For only another couple of days they are offering FREE SHIPPING!  Why should you care?  Well, besides big stuff (which, if you are interested in purchasing some dumbbells, kettlebells or other things similar in nature – this would save you a TON of …

Upcoming November Activities!!

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November is turning out to be a BUSY month for me. If you aren’t on my newsletter mailing list and would like to be so you can keep informed of what’s going on in the Panama City flute/music world and where you can catch me performing or teaching, send me an email at angela@fluteangel.net or reply to this blog post …

Presentation Announcement

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I have just received the news that my presentation for the Florida Flute Association Annual Convention has been accepted! I will be giving the presentation, “Lift, Play, Love: Basic Weight Lifting for Efficient Flute Playing” on January 30th, 2011 at 9 AM at the Orlando Marriott. ” In the moment, you want to focus on making music … not on …

Stretching ADEQUATELY before/during/after playing

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What does it mean to stretch adequately?  And why should I bother?Stretching is underrated and underdone and people, especially musicans, are paying the price for it.  The body was designed to move and it was not meant to hold static positions for long lengths of time, be that sitting in a car, typing, playing an instrument, etc.  If one is …