Teaching & Tips

Teaching for me is about analyzing the particular playing style and physical habits of each player, and is therefore individualized. My teaching comes largely from my study of the Alexander Technique which has been ongoing for the last 18 years. Together I work with each student to find the easiest way to make the music physically, and perhaps more importantly to allow the music to come alive.

Lessons are given during most weeks in NYC, and most weekends in Easton, Pennsylvania. Please contact me if you would like information about the logistics and rates.

I am experienced at working with people with physical playing-induced problems and welcome a challenge!

For those who are unable to travel to NYC or PA , SKYPE lessons are now available. The lessons are a way for each individual student to look closely at their particular whole body technique and look at alternatives that can make playing simultaneously more musical and physically freer. Contact Gary for info.

Tips

  1. Left index finger joins the key at the back edge, not straight down to the middle of the key.
  2. Be aware of how you direct pressure at the bridge of the nose. Depending on you and your instrument, it can direct up through or down through there with very different results.
  3. The rh fifth finger does not need to be used in standard fingerings. It is important that it rests on the e flat key and the arch under the finger should remain calm and constant. When that finger jumps, the flute moves and causes the player to look for stability in the tongue, jaw or elsewhere.
  4. Think of playing more with your nose and less with your mouth.
  5. Practice no more than 45 minutes at a time. Once physical sensation is dulled bad habits are set. Physical sensitivity is much more important than blind repetition which only causes stiffness.

For more lessons and tips, visit Gary’s youtube lessons playlist.