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  • Performance anxiety

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      November 29, 2016
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    Performance anxiety is one of the most common complaints of musicians, from amateur performers to top professionals. While it is completely normal for a musician to get nervous before a performance, some find that the manifestation of their symptoms is enough to keep them from performing at their best. Luckily, this subject has had lots o […]

  • Microphones

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    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 […]

  • Straubinger Phoenix Pads

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    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 […]

  • Flute Music Share Challenge

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 24, 2016
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    This week, I was nominated to participate in the #100daystoNFA challenge. In the 100 days leading up to the annual National Flute Association convention, held this year in sunny San Diego, flute players all over the world are sharing their music with each other and the world. Today is day 22, and I am playing an excerpt from George Bizet& […]

  • Private lessons: the big questions

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      January 19, 2016
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    You have probably at some point heard your student’s teacher, a Paige’s Music or IFS sales rep, or even your student mention taking private lessons. There are many factors to consider when deciding upon private lessons and a private lessons teacher. The goal of this article is to help you make an educated decision when it comes to pri […]

  • 2015 in review

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      December 29, 2015
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    The last week in 2015…already?? This year has certainly been a whirlwind for all of us here at Paige’s Music and the Indy Flute Shop. Let’s take a look back at all the exciting events this year…
    January
    Paige’s Music exhibited at the IMEA convention in Fort Wayne this year, complete with a mini golf tournamen […]

  • This is your brain on music

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      November 3, 2015
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    If you follow our parent company, Paige’s Music, on any social media network, you know that we have been sending out daily truths about the importance of music education in children’s lives. Most of us have heard the studies about how music makes you a smarter, more adjusted, better performing (no pun intended) individual, but […]

  • Vibrato

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      September 15, 2015
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    Of all the stylistic options available to us as flute players, few are as popular–and as mysterious and hard to describe–as vibrato. Vibrato is a wonderful technique for flutists to use, especially since flute is known, as I have mentioned before, as the instrument that is the closest to the human voice. But how do we develop […]

  • Orchestral excerpts

    Posted by
    Erin Nichols
    Date
      June 16, 2015
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    Here at the Indy Flute Shop, I have the distinct pleasure of working with flute players of virtually all skill levels–from beginners to college hopefuls to true professionals. One subject that I think is beneficial for players of all backgrounds is becoming familiar with some of the most common and recognizable excerpts for flute fr […]

  • Summer Time Maintenance

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    Erin Nichols
    Date
      May 27, 2015
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    Hello, all! It’s great to be back from the Big Easy. Thanks to Jeremy, our Retail Sales director, for his wonderful musings on summer time playing last week. I wanted to elaborate on that subject some and give some tips on summertime repair and maintenance—especially prudent for those of you who are about to start summer marching prog […]

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