Flute listening is one of the most important aspects of learning to be a good flutist.
I still remember the day I walked up to the checkout desk with a foot-high stack of records, expecting a stern reprimand and an order to select just two or three. Instead, the librarian checked them ALL out to me! I floated out of the library like I'd just hopped off of Santa's lap and had been given all my Christmas wishes right then and there!
After that, I cruised the record stores on a regular basis, ready to snap up any newly-released flute records. That opportunity didn't happen very often. Now anyone can release a CD overnight on a shoestring budget and we flutists can choose from zillions of them online.
Most people, especially young students, don't understand how important it is to listen to really good flute playing.
When I was in college, even my flute teacher didn't recognize the importance of listening. I now realize that he was probably just jealous of the flutists on the recordings and that's why he mocked the flute records I listened to. It was very disheartening for me. I'm still bitter about it. That's why I tell myself that Jean-Pierre Rampal is my flute teacher. I listened to him so much, I feel that I learned more from him about playing the flute than anybody else.
Listening helps you...
Flute listening is fun! Just relax and enjoy the music.
Listening to fine flute performances is inspirational! Imagine yourself playing the music as you listen. If someone else can do it, so can you!
Find more time to listen...
Make use of these bits of time that would otherwise be wasted...
An iPod or MP3 player can help you turn wasted time into valuable flute music listening time.
Free downloads for your MP3 player...
Emusic.com is a cool site where you can download music directly to your iPod or any MP3 player. They have over 5.5 million selections, including flute music!
You can test it out with 25 free downloads. You don't have to buy anything, and if you sign up, you can cancel when you want to and keep the music you've already downloaded. Check it out...