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    A quick history of flute scales, Part 1

    Okay, the title of this post sounds kind of boring, right? Stay with me–I’m not talking about scales in the etude/exercise sense! This week I’m delving into a history of how flutes are built to be in tune with themselves, or its scale. With the help of the justflutes.com blog, I’m going to attempt to break down the […]

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    Flute choir reading and beatbox event

    The Indy Winds Flute Choir is hosting an exciting event next month, and we’re helping to get the word out! We are so lucky to have such a unique and fun group here in Indianapolis to cultivate flute playing and enjoyment at all playing levels. On Sunday, March 3rd, they are hosting an event with special guest flutist John Ross for a […]

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    Digging deeper into cold weather issues

    Every year around this time it seems like we get a nice little arctic blast in the Midwest, and this one is truly going to be one for the record books. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I have previously written about avoiding temperature extremes with your instrument, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into t […]

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    Flute d’Amore

    Happy Tundra Tuesday from Central Indiana! This week I wanted to highlight a member of the flute family that does not usually get a lot of attention: the flute d’amore. Although practical in a jazz setting, the beautiful tone of this flute makes it worth a closer look in the concert setting as well.
    The Flute d’amore is pitche […]

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    Composer of the month: Joachim Andersen

    As promised, this week is another monthly feature on a flute composer, this time a very popular one. Joachim Andersen gave his talents to the flute repertoire, particularly his books of etudes. College students and professionals all over the world most likely have at least one of these challenging etude books.
    Andersen was born in Copenha […]

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    It’s going to be a big year…

    Hello all, and happy 2019 to each and every one of you! I hope these first few days of the new year have treated you well. There are some really important and exciting things that I wanted to share with you as we look ahead to the next year.
    First of all, I will be attending the 2019 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) conventi […]

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    Steve Ruppert’s retirement

    Those of you who have been following me for any length of time know that I just love what I do here, and I love the stories and relationships that I get to build. I have commented to a lot of people that the music world in central Indiana is a very small one, so it’s not uncommon for me to re-kindle business relationships from peopl […]

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    Composer of the month: Cecile Chaminade

    I remember the first time I heard Chaminade’s Flute Concertino in D major, Op. 107–I was out of school and attending a recital, and my first thought was, “How and why have I never heard this before??” I loved everything about it, and ever since then I have taken to working on it on my own. It turns out that it is a […]

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    Yamaha Trunk Sale 2018

    The sales just keep on coming! If you are still thinking about upgrading your flute student to an intermediate or semi-professional flute, Saturday December 15 is a great time to stop in the Indy Flute Shop at Paige’s Music, where we will be having our annual Yamaha Trunk Sale! This will be our last sale of the year, so you definite […]

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    Director Spotlight: Mr. Ned Boyd

    There are a lot of really cool things I get to do in my job as the manager of the Indy Flute Shop, and one of them is to stay in touch with people in the music field whom I have known for a long, long time! Today I have the pleasure of sharing one of those people with you today: Mr. Ned Boyd, Director of Bands for Logansport schools. Mr. […]

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