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  • Digging deeper into cold weather issues

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 29, 2019
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    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 […]

  • It’s going to be a big year…

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 8, 2019
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    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 […]

  • Maintenance on your new instrument

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      November 13, 2018
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    We are busy bees here at Paige’s Music getting ready for our biggest sale of the year, the Super Sale! If you missed the blog post about it, check it out here. We have so many brand new instruments that will be placed with happy new owners this weekend, some of which are practically still hot off of the factory line. Recently, I’v […]

  • Robert Muczynski

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 23, 2018
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    This week, I wanted to chronicle the life of one of the great American composers for flute, Robert Muczynski. Since playing his Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 14 during my undergraduate career, I have been fascinated by his music and always thought he was a bit underrated and ahead of his time. I hope you enjoy learning a bit more about […]

  • Improvisation inspiration

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      October 9, 2018
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    Last night I attended a wonderful clinic featuring Wycliffe Gordon, acclaimed trombonist, here at Paige’s Music. It was sponsored by the wonderful folks at Yamaha and put on by our own Tucker Woerner, low brass specialist. Gordon had so many interesting and insightful things to share with the group, and even though I am FAR from be […]

  • 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 […]

  • Katherine Hoover

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 25, 2018
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    Another sad day in the flute world, as we mourn the loss of legendary performer, teacher, and composer Katherine Hoover. Known as a pioneering figure in the field of flute composition, Katherine leaves behind a legacy whose shoes will be hard to fill.
    Katherine received her undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1959, w […]

  • Jack Moore

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      August 28, 2018
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    The flute world is mourning the loss today of legendary flute maker Jack Moore, who passed away yesterday. Jack worked for several different American flute companies in the 1970s and early 1980s before taking on his own flute making and repair shop full-time. He was a notoriously private person, and finding information to give a befitting […]

  • Stars and Stripes Forever!

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      July 3, 2018
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    I hope everyone has fun plans that keep you safe–and cool!–for the 4th of July holiday tomorrow! In honor of the holiday, I thought I would pass along some history on piccolo’s most famous solo: The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa. Even if you don’t know it by name, you probably recognize the famous […]

  • Method books for the adult learner

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 19, 2018
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    One of the most fun parts of my job here is working with students of all ages, not just beginning middle schoolers! In my (just over) five years here, I have seen more and more adults express an interest in learning–either for the first time or after many years away–how to play the flute. I love working with adult beginners be […]

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