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So, here you are.
Sitting in in a band or orchestra for the very first time--In the flute section, nonetheless.
Situations like these can be tricky to navigate, especially if the director of your ensemble doesn't have much experience dealing with flute players.
Because, in case you haven't already figured it out...flutists are a species all their own. Usually of the feline type, if you catch my drift..
If you aren't careful, the dynamics of the section can get screwed up in a hurry and before you know it, you'll be in the middle of your own worst nightmare. Unless, of course, you thrive on drama...in which case I'm not sure I can be of any help to you:)
When you find yourself in a section with other flutists (or really any musical section in a band or orchestra), there is a protocol--often unspoken--that needs to be followed in order for peace to preside. If the flute section is peaceful--life is much better for everyone else. Trust me. :)
This is by no means an exhausted list, but rather a round-up of tips I've learned (mostly the hard way...) in my performance journey from 5th grade band to the pro-orchestral scene.
Ten Tips for a Thriving Flute Section
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