Updating Marie B, Flutist website

Hi everyone. I wanted to take a few moments to thank all of you for your patience during this updating Marie B, Flutist website time. It is taking longer than I thought.

I am doing my best to have this task finished as soon as possible. In the meantime, feel free to browse around my website. Listen to some music clips, contact me for performance needs, and/or read about different topics.

I will keep you posted when updating is finished. Once again, please be patient with my updating Marie B, Flutist website process.

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.

She is available for your live entertainment needs. Weddings, birthdays, retirements, private occasions, corporate celebrations, etc.







Outside Practice Scenes That Prevent Boredom

Hi everyone. I recently wrote about the benefits of practicing outdoors. I thought it would be fun to share some recent outside practice scenes that prevent boredom.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope these outdoor practice scenes have inspired you to spice up your musical practice sessions whenever possible. 🙂

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.

Contact Marie for your next live entertainment need. Whether it is a private or corporate party, retirement celebration, wedding, or birthday get-together – the flute is the perfect solution. Trust her to work with you to develop the musical entertainment you seek.







Short Poems To Kill Time

Hi everyone. Here are some short poems to kill time that I came up with while taking a ferry ride. The creative juices started flowing after watching a Red Green episode where Harold and Red were singing a tune that made no sense whatsoever. It was great!

Anyways…

Being a song writing novice,
Can be rather overwhelming
When it comes to being stumped,
Just do it and quit whining….
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Red Green on guitar,
Harold on spoons,
Sing about life,
While sitting in the boons.
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So worried about not rhyming lyrics,
Just sit and sit while tossing proses,
Only to watch a Red Green show,
Prove it comes and goes in doses
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It don’t rhyme,
It don’t jive,
Makes me laugh,
And that’s no crime.

That’s all I have for now.

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.







Benefits Of Practicing Outdoors

Hi everyone. Are you like me and just tired of practicing indoors? Do you feel like you need a change of pace because the “oompf” factor is gone? Well, I wanted to spice things up. What did I find? Here are some important benefits of practicing outdoors.

Fresh air.
There really is no explanation needed for this. It just needs to be said in case we forget about the air we breathe.

Meet new people.
When practicing in public places, I marvel at how far my music carries. People from across the park approach me. Those not in my eyesight approach me. It’s always fun to hear from people who listen to my practice sessions.

New opportunities.
One never knows who is listening. I have had listeners approach me and offer me new opportunities. Opportunities that otherwise would have not happened.

Stimulates others.
There have been many times when small kids walk up to me and just watch. I like to think that they may be a future musician. One never knows.

Then there are the dogs. It’s fun seeing a dog approach me and sit down. He may or not tilt his/her head. One owner mentioned how her bulldog loved music. Fun…

Birds love the flute. Many a songbird joins in. I even had some crows join in one time. Yikes..

New scenery.
It can be tiring looking at the same four walls everyday. Even though I may have different setup sites throughout my house, it started to get old quick.

Getting outdoors provides a fresh outlook on things. Being able to look up from music sheets to different surroundings is magical and refreshing.

Improves foul weather playing skills.
Whether it is wind, sun, cold, or other weather condition – practicing outdoors improves playing abilities.

It reminds us that clothes pins come in handy for holding sheet music in place during windy weather.

It reminds us that plastic sheet covers come in handy during wet weather.

It helps us realize the importance of gauging shady areas. Knowing we can pick up our stands and setup to move it to appropriate, more user-friendly areas is crucial for playing success.

It reminds us that hot weather expands instrument sizes. For instance, I completely forgot that flutes become flat when warmer weather sets in. Heat causes the instrument to expand, making it larger. The larger an item, the harder it is to be in tune.

On the opposite side, cold weather contracts an instrument – making it smaller. The instrument takes on a sharper tone. The keys are more difficult to maneuver, also. How interesting is that?

Outdoor gig preparation.
Nothing prepares a musician better for an outdoor gig than practicing outdoors. In addition to the above-mentioned foul weather situations, outdoor practicing improves player confidence, tone recognition, and overall musicianship.

Improves confidence.
This is a surprising one to me. Sometimes I am hesitant to practice scales and other studies within earshot of anyone. It is marveling to me that people don’t seem to notice that. I still get compliments about how lovely the music is. That improves my confidence.

Well, that’s about all for now. Can you think of any other than these key benefits of taking practices outdoors you want to share?

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.

Contact her for your entertainment needs. Whether it is a wedding, birthday party, retirement celebration, or private gathering – a flute can make all the difference.













Happy July 4th 2018!

Hi everyone! I am taking a short moment to wish everyone a safe and festive Independence Day – otherwise known as Happy July 4th 2018!

Take some time to listen to your favorite patriotic tune or watch the favorite classic movie starring James Cagney. Yankee Doodle Dandy! It’s the life history of George M. Cohan a composer/performer/etc.

Learn something new today! Here is a link to an interesting article about the history of this important holiday. It will take you to the History Channel website.

History of July 4th

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute.

Musicians: Know Your Paperwork

Hi everyone. I recently experienced an event during a performance gig that I believe is worthy of sharing with other performing artists. Musicians: Know your paperwork.

First: In order to protect yourself, you must understand the paperwork you sign, agreements you enter into, and other pertinent business endeavors. Failing to do so can result in embezzlement, misunderstandings, illegal/hindering contracts, and other possible dilemmas.

Case in point: I always make a point of telling my clients I expect payment date of performance. If this is not possible, I schedule a date that allows payment processing time.

So, with all the prior agreements (verbal and written) handled, I show up at the gig venue.

As I was setting up my performance area, my scheduler approached me. “We need you to sign this before we can pay you,” is what I heard. She handed me the piece of paper.

I read the document. It was a RECEIPT. I was to sign a receipt stating that I received payment before payment could be processed. WHAT??!!! No, I wasn’t going to sign it.

“This is a receipt. I have not received payment. I’m not signing something stating that I have received your payment when I have not. If I sign this, it appears that we have settled payment,” I explained.

“Oh, I don’t understand this. I was just told by Administration that you need to sign it. All entertainers sign this without putting up a fight,” she said. “No. Can I speak with the Administration person?” I asked. She went and got him.

He arrived. “It’s standard protocol for musicians to sign this document in order for us to process payment,” he stated.

“Can you explain to me what a receipt is?” I asked him.

At this point he was huffy and losing patience. “It’s a document stating the person received payment,” he said.

“Right. So, since I have not received payment, why is it you want me to sign a receipt stating I have?” I inquired.

He didn’t have an answer other than “it’s standard protocol”.

“Well, your company protocol is wrong. The only time I’m signing your receipt is when I have payment in hand,” I reiterated, “I was promised payment upon performance date. We discussed the performance/payment details two months ago when we set the date.”

“OK. Hold on,” he went into his office. I never saw him again. The scheduler came back, however, with a check for an agreed upon amount.

After I had the check in hand, I signed the receipt. “Thank you. I’m glad we got it all worked out,” I replied.

The musician paperwork situation was successfully completed. The performance went on as planned.

Moral of story: Please know your paperwork and what you are signing. Never sign something you are uncertain about. Always ask what a document is for. Obtain assistance when needed. Study up on the basic business paperwork.

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AUTHOR NOTE:
Marie Buckner owns and operates this site. She is a classically-trained musician/flutist with over 50 years of performance experience. She enjoys introducing others to the joys of the flute. Available for weddings, retirement parties, children’s parties, and other events.







Four Powerful Reasons To Practice

Hi everyone. Some of you have been contacting me wondering the importance of regular practicing. There are many to consider. Below are four reasons to practice your musical instrument.

Keep embouchure fit.
This applies to wind instrument players. Practicing regularly will keep your mouth/facial muscles in shape and/or taut. This will lower your airiness sound (if playing a flute or piccolo).

For myself, I notice that if I do not practice at least every other day, my tone is hindered. The sound of excess air is obvious.

Keeping your embouchure fit lets you play for longer periods of time. It increases your endurance. Your muscles will be in shape. Like any muscle, the more you use it, the more you benefit.

Improve your mood.
There will be times when feeling down is part of the day. Bringing out your instrument and playing a tune or two will change your mood. The hardest part is getting motivated to bring it out. You can do it!

Improve your technical skills.
Every musician needs to work on technical skills to play/perform efficiently. Practicing makes this possible. You will find better fingering, hand positioning, mouth positioning, and other attributes.

Build self confidence.
Every musical piece, whether new or old, offers something that will help build your self confidence. Practicing involves working on challenges, enhancing discipline, and learning new things.

All of the above factors play a role in building self confidence. The better you play, the more confident you will become. You will feel comfortable performing for others.

These four powerful reasons for practicing are all I can think of for now. I am certain there are more. Make practicing a part of your lifestyle to reap the best musical benefits.

Good luck!

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How To Provide Musical Inspiration

Hi everyone. Being a musician offers many perks. One of the most rewarding is experiencing the reactions of others. We all know that music is the tool. Read below to find ways on how to provide musical inspiration.

Keep your skills current. This goes without saying, but can be easily forgotten. The better your technical skills are, the more pleasant your sound. Practice as much as possible.

Play different music genres. Each genre offers something different. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Being able to alter your musical choices to suit others will reap its rewards.

Offer free entertainment to shut-ins. This is especially helpful when the person is a retired music teacher or symphony support. Your music will spark their life.

Learn composer and genre background information. Listeners love to learn about how a piece or composition came about. Find out the date composed. Learn about that era including dance, economics, and other pertinent facts.

Share information about the composition’s intricacies such as time signature, staccato, legato and style. You may be surprised about the interest level you receive. I know, I have. 🙂

You will be enlightening others and yourself.

Music is a fun learning tool. Being able to share it with others will provide musical inspiration. It might be the perfect tool to transport a person from hopelessness to hopefulness.

Good luck!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Marie’s Flute is operated by Marie Buckner, a classically-trained flutist with over 50 years of playing experience. She provides live entertainment at various venues and enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others.







Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hi everyone. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. No matter what your belief system, be sure to enjoy the festivities.

Music plays an important part of everyday life, especially the year-end holiday season. Whether it be spiritual-related or fun-oriented, be sure to take the time to marvel in the magic of music.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy this special, festive day of sharing everything from food to friendship. Remember to make music a key feature of your day. Your mind, soul, and body will thank you!

Thank you to everyone who takes the time to visit my site. I am grateful for each and every one of you.

Every year on this day a special tune is played on radio stations across the nation. At l2:00pm, Alice’s Restaurant brings joy to us all. What a timeless performance by Arlo Guthrie. Hope you can take some time to listen today.

Enjoy!