Episode 269

Flute 360 | Episode 269: “Suzuki, Piccolo & Auditions…Oh My! with Chris James”
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Have you ever gotten feedback that your music-making lacks expression? 

Have you ever felt challenged when it comes to creating emotion through sound? 

Through the above topics, Chris James has learned to break down the elements of expression and is passionate about sharing how to work with them so that you can incorporate them into your performance. 

Now a Haynes Artist, Chris learned from the grueling audition process that simulating an emotion on stage through conscious technical changes is the ultimate skill. He is elated to share a session on exactly that, entitled “Expression as Technique” through Haynes University. Please find the link below!

This episode is also here to remind you that the piccolo is your friend and can not only open more opportunities for you, but can even vastly improve your flute playing! If you have been avoiding the piccolo for any reason, let Chris’ words serve as a message that it is not your enemy after all!

Lastly, you are personally invited to an upcoming event!

Are you craving a space where you can start to defeat imposter syndrome and performance anxiety once and for all? If so, then I personally invite you to join us for an upcoming five-day challenge that will not only help boost your confidence on and off the stage, but will have you surrounded by supportive flutists. 

You don’t have to endure this agonizing fear of playing in front of people anymore. You can truly let your artistic voice shine through your performances, and I can show you how to do that through my method called: “360 Empowerment: Unleashing Your Flute Story.” 

Mark your calendars for November 13th-17th, 2023 for an inspiring session you don’t want to miss. Go to my website at heidikaybegay.com and sign-up for the newsletter, so you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. See you soon!

Episode 269 – Main Points:

  • 5:21 – Chris’ background
  • 11:33 – More on Suzuki
  • 15:54 – The importance of playing piccolo
  • 19:52 – Carolyn Nussbaum Music Company Ad
  • 21:36 – Lessons learned from taking orchestral auditions 
  • 25:23 – “Expression as technique”
  • 29:47 – Three questions to ask when approaching audition excerpts 
  • 34:16 – Becoming a Haynes’ Artist 
  • 39:11 – Picks of the day 

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