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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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.













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.







Proudly Sharing A Recent Review…

Proudly sharing a recent review from a wedding performance I was honored to participate in:

I really wanted a solo flutist for our ceremony and was very happy to find Marie with all her experience. We had multiple phone calls in the months before to finalize the music pieces- we wanted all classical. Marie arrived early, was dressed appropriately and played beautifully! She is a friendly professional musician and we are so appreciate her being part of our day.
Emily N.

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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:

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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