Thursday, April 7, 2011

F is for Flute

I am a flautist -- or, for all you Americans out there, a flutist.

Once upon a time I played in an orchestra, and back then I played beautifully! (Another of my many talents is modesty ;-)) However.... in the years since then (which is about seven, not that I'm counting) I haven't played all that much and so my flute playing is sounding a little, ah, rusty!

Anyway, I have uploaded the following for your enjoyment. Don't worry, it's not long, and I promise it's entertaining ;-)

I present to you.... Siciliano, by Johann Sebastian Bach 
(because my out-of-practice fingers couldn't manage anything more technically demanding than this!)

video



17 comments:

Carole Anne Carr said...

Loved it! What a pity you no longer play regularly, hope you will in future. And I know what you mean about Bach, works the same for me one the rare occasions that I return to the piano, and I'm sad I didn't continue with the playing.

Michael Di Gesu said...

NOT BAD! For someone who hasn't played in seven years, you did FANTABULOUS!

I LOVED the comments flashing up... too funny.

Keep practicing and the South African Orchestra will be knocking on your door.

Ella said...

This was fab; Wow, you should play again. You still got it~

Sheila Siler said...

Sounds great! My daughter is getting ready to start taking flute in school next year.

N. R. Williams said...

You know I love the flute...I always wanted to play it. When I wrote my book, and the heroine is a flutist, I called the University of Colorado and asked if it was flutist or flautist and they said both and flutist was more common. I think you did a beautiful job. Mistakes are a part of life.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium.

Laura Josephsen said...

That was beautiful, especially for not having played much in recent years!

(One of the MCs in my first book is named Flute, so for half a second I was thrown off when I saw the title of your blog entry. That's what I get for being lost in my mind recently. ;))

Susan Oloier said...

Lovely. Does this make you want to practice and work back to where you once were?

M.J. Fifield said...

What a great post! I loved the video, especially the commentary ("need air"- LOL). You did a great job.

I played several instruments in high school, the flute being one of them. I haven't looked at any of them in years but now I'm kind of wanting to take them out of the closet to see just how badly my skills have deteriorated.

Cherie Reich said...

You should practice and play more. For rusty fingers that sounds pretty good to me. I love your comments during it too. :D

The Golden Eagle said...

For someone who hasn't played in a while, that was wonderful! :)

(That's actually one of my favorite pieces. I listen to it a lot.)

Chris Phillips said...

We tried all the instruments in Junior High before picking them. I sucked at flute something awful.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Woo-hoo! I love the sound of the flute. I played trumpet and French horn. :-)

Devin Bond said...

I used to play the flute, too! My parents didn't let me continue with it when I was younger though because I didn't practice as much as they wanted me too. :(

I've really been wanting to play the flute again, but I'll have to wait until I get enough money for one!

Laura M. Campbell said...

Great job! I used to play the flute as well. Stopped when I started high school (didn't want to play in the marching band). I have two flutesL: the one I received in elementary school and the open-holed flute I used in middle school. Good luck with the challenge!

princecharmingmyarse said...

Hey, that was awesome! Darn that high C! Tricky little sucker! :-)

I wish I could play an instrument...
Funny 'cos my eldest son plays about seven different instuments really well!

Darn you people with talent! :-D

Lesley said...

how do I find the music clip?

Kari Marie said...

Hey there fellow Flautist (flutist)! I gotta say, I'm impressed with your pick it up and go skills, it's been...20 years since I played in the band. I pull it out once a year for about a week with a mind to start playing again, but I can never quite stick with it.