Hello, Jed Wentz,
It sounds like studying with Heer Kujken was a bit like an episode from "The Treasure of Sierra Madre," but we all know how that ended, eh? The moral lesson perhaps is that the gold that one gets is the gold that one gives -- a practice that made grandpa Medici a very rich Florentine indeed.
At least Tulou didn't withhold the secret of controlling the size, and therefore the shape, of the embouchure some 150 years ago in his MÃ©thode.
They're always talking in these parables aren't they, these mustard-seed prophets and one-hand-clapping Zen masters, these Polish flute teachers telling you "Keep pooshing down" when they want you to get the air up, these dancing masters telling you to think pliÃ© when you relevÃ©. As a sometimes theater director in a previous incarnation, I would, in the heat of the moment, use any image, metaphor, or simile that came to mind to get what I thought I wanted from the cast. This worked for some, was barely tolerated by others, and completely rolled off the backs of most, who yearned for a simple stage direction such as "Walk stage left, slowly." If you'd asked me a week later what wonderfully pregnant nugget I had minted to get him to look at
her like that, I would have had no idea -- and likely neither would he.
De gustibus non est disputandum. For me, though, the "sucking" thing doesn't do it (that Polish flute teacher) and would distract me from what has become important: a tension in the trunk, a column of air in the front of a relaxed belly, and a palpable jet at the lips. Still those unstable, forking prima donnas need something: perhaps kissing?
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, jed wentz <jedwentz@...> wrote:
> Hi Beth,
> Well, I have been pondering this. Thinking back, I suppose I may have put
> more emphasis on the "sucking in" technique than Bart did...in those days
> Bart was not very forthcoming about his technique, and his students were
> very wary of each other: if you managed to pry a golden nugget of wisdom
> loose from the master, you certainly didn't communicate it to your
> colleagues! So, when I realized how important the size and shape of the hole
> between the lips was for controlling the airspeed, I guess I assumed that
> this was Bart's most unique and important technical discovery: whereas for
> him it might have been just one aspect of the total range of techniques that
> he was using...how very, very interesting, to look back at that long-ago
> period with a new perspective!
> Happy Holidays to All,
> On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 10:23 PM, jed wentz jedwentz@... wrote:
> > Hi Beth,
> > Funny that Bart should say that! I wish I could claim the "breathing in" as
> > my own idea, but I really learned it from him!
> > And I think Rod has seen a photo of me in my kilt, he is very good natured
> > and didn't waggle his finger at me for it :-)
> > On Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 6:58 PM, keithfre keith.freeman@ ... wrote:
> >> > Can you elaborate on this "sucking-in-techniqu e"?. I have not heard of
> >> it before.
> >> Jed just did! Messages 9955 and 9960.
> >> -Keith