I’m moving right along on my 2009 goals list. My bridge lessons have begun, my new T’ai Chi class started, and so on. Today I’m addressing another of my missions—learning to play an instrument, specifically the flute.
Actually, this is a case of re-learning as it’s something I’ve not done since high school (many, many years ago in a galaxy far, far away).
Accessing an instrument is not a problem as I own three flutes. One is the ubiquitous Bundy flute most students use in school music programs. My second flute is a special edition of Gemeinhardt’s 50 series, a step above the Bundy. It has a solid silver head joint and gold-plated lip plate. Both will do for learning.
My husband gifted with a beautiful hand-painted Hall crystal flute which is hand-crafted using Pyrex® glass and decorated with kiln-fired glass enamels and 22k gold. This flute will require a whole different set of skills to play as it’s not like a standard flute.
Want to be part of a collaborative online international symphony orchestra sponsored by YouTube? You have an opportunity to play at New York City's Carnegie Hall in April 2009 under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas playing a new piece written for the occasion by renowned Chinese composer Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Practice the music they provide and, when you’re ready, submit a video of your performance by January 28. More details here.
I’m not ready for Carnegie Hall. So I talked to a couple of Tucson Flute Club members during a Christmas program at Tucson Botanical Gardens. They’ve invited me to join. My goal is to learn enough to play in their Christmas 2009 public performance programs.
8Notes.com offers free instructional materials for flute as well as other instruments. I’m going to play around with this for a bit at home and see how it goes.
Do you play an instrument?