We have a few new folks every year, and this blog is now in its third year, so some of the earliest posts on technique are lodged way in the back.
For the newcomers, and as a gentle reminder for the returning folks, here are some links to early posts that remain relevant.
Some of the playing requirements are less-than-fun, but it has been validating to read the book, Talent is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin, and learn that 1. my approach is in line with what Mr. Colvin describes, and 2. have one of the boot camp participants give me the book and then tell me he had heard this before, that the concepts in the book reminded him of . . . Baroque flute lessons and the boot camp.
I do practice what I preach, and take the work as a meditative practice, a practice on practicing, on staying focused and relaxing at the same time.
The 20-minute Workout and Testimonial
Everyone's favorite: Long tone exercises
Smoke and Mirrors
The Process versus Goal
The Flute Player's Rx
Les chants des oiseaux (the practice of practicing)