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.













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 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!

Memorable Tom Petty Quotes To Pay Tribute

Hi everyone. As many of you are, I am heartbroken by the death of Tom Petty. He has always been one of my favorites, both music-wise and personality-wise. He was a man of principles, who stood up to the music industry. I believe it is appropriate to share some Tom Petty quotes to pay tribute. Enjoy…

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Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. – Tom Petty

Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.

Most things I worry about never happen anyway.

When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I’d had to work at Taco Bell I’d have still been out at night trying to play music.

I developed a problem with authority. Any time that authority was what I interpreted as being unjust, I stood up to it, and that became my personality.

It’s funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can’t afford the music.

I would never put my songs in a commercial.

I’ve never had any idea that what I like would resonate with the audience, and I’m pleasantly surprised when it does.
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His live performances were vibrant, interactive, and mesmerizing. I am very grateful for having witnessed this remarkable performer in action. He was rock and roll at its best. Memorable…

My mere words do not do him justice. Thank you, Tom Petty. Rest In Peace..

For poignant tributes to this phenomenal, one-of-a-kind human being who has touched so many…please visit his website at
Tom Petty website

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NOTE: Marie’s Flute is maintained/updated by Marie Buckner, a flutist. She enjoys combining writing and music to help enlighten others. Contact her if you are ever interested in impressing your guests with live entertainment at weddings, children parties, teas, private celebrations, and/or other events.







Wedding Music Playlist

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me requesting more information about my classical wedding music playlist and/or library. If you have a favorite, just let me know and we can work something out. My repertoire is far more diverse than what is listed in this post.

Compositions I have played include some of the most requested pieces of all time. These are as follows:

March of Priests – Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Ava Maria – Schubert
Rondeau – Mouret
Nocture Op. 2 No.2 – Chopin
Dance of Swans – Tchiakovsky
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Air on G String – Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire – Bach
Brandenburg Concerto 3 – Bach
Canon in D Major – Pachelbel
Always – Irving Berlin
Sleeping Beauty – Tchiakovsky
Four Seasons, Spring – Vivaldi
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Others…

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How Cartoons and Media Increase Classical Music Exposure

With so many genres of music available, there is always something for everyone’s tastes. To some, however, classical music is a mystery. Let’s see how cartoons and media increase classical music exposure. This entertainment form, known for bringing laughs, offers so much more….

Do you enjoy watching classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Disney? You likely heard some classical music. These two companies were responsible for bringing this genre to a younger generation back in the 40’s. How’s that you say?

Classical music was reaching a point of dwindling interest during this period. Cartoons, on the other hand, were increasing in popularity. Combining the two was the perfect solution. Case in point…

RABBIT OF SEVILLE
Have you seen the Rabbit Of Seville? This delightfully entertaining cartoon uses Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ operatic music masterpiece as the theme throughout the entire feature. Lyrics are synchronized to the music and sung throughout the cartoon.

Remember the barbershop scene? No singing occurs, just the perfect blend of music and cartoon animation. Perfect. Listen carefully to the music playing when Bugs is the barber and Elmer is his customer. Bugs is “shampooing” Elmer’s head. The music adds excitement, mood changes, and ambiance all at once. How can anyone not enjoy classical music after watching/hearing that?!

FIGARO
There is another Looney Tunes favorite featuring an opera singer performing with Bugs as the conductor. The longer the singer belts out the note, his face turns red and his necktie bursts. Of course, Bugs encourages it. The music being performed is the classical piece composed by Mozart titled ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Fantastic!

LONE RANGER
“HI HO SILVER AWAAAY!” That well-known tune is actually taken from a classical music masterpiece known as ‘The William Tell Overture’ composed by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. As any classically-trained musician knows, this lively piece is played after a long drawn-out “calm before the storm” segment.

There are plenty of other examples where classical music entertains us without us ever having to sit in a symphony chair. Enjoy!

More upcoming….

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Canon In D: Another Wedding Music Clip

Hi everyone. I thought it would be fun to share another music clip I just finished. This classical composition – titled ‘Canon In D’ is a very popular wedding choice, dating back to the 1800’s. Composer is Johann Pachelbel.

Here is only a small bit of this beautiful tune played on my silver flute:

Enjoy My New Brahms Audio Clip

Hi everyone. While I am still figuring out how all this digital technology works on a new computer….please enjoy this audio clip I just finished. Johannes Brahms is the composer. ‘Blessed Are They’ is the composition.

Brahms has always been one of my favorite classical composers. His music is soothing, intricate, and brings out the best in a flute. I only use my musical ability to bring life to his magic.

Hope you find it equally soothing and insightful…

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Happy Hour Fun

Hi everyone. Today is another exciting day where I get a chance to perform live. For the past six years, I provide live entertainment for a private venue’s Happy Hour crowd.

Since today is pre-July 4th, our theme will be patriotic tunes. The flute fits in so perfectly for this genre.

Will go for now and provide an update later.

UPDATE:
I’m back! The holiday musical event ended with a marvelous rendering of “God Bless America”, complete with a touching sing-a-long. This patriotic tune touches people at a deep level.

After the performance, I was invited to stay and enjoy their Ice Cream Social gathering. Who can pass that up?! Fresh blueberries, cherries, and vanilla ice cream all made for a beautiful and tasty treat.

Enjoy your day! Thanks for visiting…

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Hello world!

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting my site. Here is a recent clip from a wonderful press release printed in Music Today:

“After entertaining as a solo flutist for so many audiences, and receiving such positive feedback, I have noticed that the immense popularity of patriotic tunes never grows old,” stated Marie in a recent interview.