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  • Flute scales, part 2

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      February 26, 2019
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    A couple of weeks ago, I attempted to dive into the extensive and complicated history of how flutes are built to be in tune with themselves: their scale. To summarize, the flute scale determines how well the notes play in tune to each other, octave to octave, and also determines the timbral balance of the notes. From a mechanical standpoi […]

  • A quick history of flute scales, Part 1

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      February 12, 2019
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    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 […]

  • Stretches for flutists

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 2, 2018
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    This week’s blog is one from the archives, but it has been one of my favorite projects that I have done so far, so I wanted to share it with everyone again! I have been super sore the past few days: interval workouts, pulling weeds in the backyard, and standing at an exhibit booth all weekend have left me super tight in my back and […]

  • The Great E Dilemma

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 11, 2018
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    Many potential customers find themselves with a dizzying bevy of information when it comes to picking features for their next flute. The possibilities are darn near endless–how can one possibly know which options are best for them? In the blog this week, I break down two common but sometimes hard to decipher features: the split E me […]

  • C# trill key

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 4, 2018
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    Happy September! This week’s blog is one from the archives, but I thought it would be appropriate to post it again since I have so many more followers now than when this video was posted back in 2013–which is awesome! The C# trill key is also fresh in my mind because I just helped a family purchase a wonderful step-up instrume […]

  • Staff spotlight with yours truly

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      April 24, 2018
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    Hi there! Every month, we at Paige’s Music “spotlight” a member of our team, and this month I was honored to be featured! To learn a little bit more about my background and what I do, please watch the video below. I hope you enjoy it!

  • Flute stands

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 9, 2017
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    How many of you have been sitting in a rehearsal or practice session, especially those of you who double on piccolo or another instrument, and feel like you’re performing a balancing act with your flute on your lap? Or you’ve found yourself setting your instrument on your chair, or–heaven forbid–the floor? There is […]

  • Microphones

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 27, 2016
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    I have gotten several questions recently from amateur performers about using a microphone when performing, and that’s a tricky question to answer! Often, a microphone is definitely needed to help amplify an instrument that can be very easily drowned out when playing as an accompaniment to an ensemble–for example, a church choi […]

  • Shokunin

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 23, 2016
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    Earlier this year, the Indy Flute Shop and Paige’s Music became a Shokunin Select Dealer. What does Shokunin mean? Yamaha phrases it as:
    Shokunin
    (sho-ku-neen) Japanese (n) craftsman, artisan.
    “The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a lite […]

  • Straubinger Phoenix Pads

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 7, 2016
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    Many of you know that the Straubinger family is responsible for making some of the very best flutes on the planet. David and Joel Straubinger’s flutes represent the very highest in handcrafted quality, attention to detail, and top-of-the-line materials. Many professional flutes, including several brands carried at the Indy Flute Shop, f […]

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