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Flute Features – B Footjoints

28th February 2019

Many flutes have the option of adding a number of different features, one of the most common being the B footjoint. As well as exploring what this does and how it affects the instrument, we’ll be demonstrating the differences in a video with a pro Flute player.

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Flute Features – Open Hole Keys

24th January 2019

A major factor to consider when upgrading your flute is whether or not to buy an open or closed hole flute. Most student flutes are only available with closed holes, whereas intermediate and professional models can be bought with either closed or open holes. Is one option inherently better than the other? Today we take a closer look at why the open holed flute might be right for you.

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Flute Videos: Krzysztof Kaczka in Conversation

22nd January 2019

Our ninth and penultimate video in this Flute Technique is a little bit different…This time we chat with Krzysztof about his life as a professional Flautist. We chat about the dedication required to make it to the top level, and some of his inspirations and motivations. Hopefully this is a useful (and entertaining!) glimpse into the life of a Pro Flautist…

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Flute Upgrade Guide

16th January 2019

In our flute upgrade guide we’re going to look at why you might upgrade, what the spec differences are and what they do, and then how to test instruments out…

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Flute Playing Videos: EXTENDING BREATHING CAPACITY (8/10)

17th December 2018

Our eighth video in this Flute Technique series discusses some top tips for extending your breathing capacity. This is the eight of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Woodwind Instruments in the Orchestra

15th November 2018

The name ‘woodwind’ for this family of instruments refers to the wood from which these instruments were once exclusively made, as well as the need to blow air – or ‘wind’ – into them to produce a sound.

Woodwind instruments in the orchestra are no longer solely made of wood, with metal and plastic also now being used.

An orchestra’s wind section can consist of various combinations of such instruments as the piccolo, oboe, flute, clarinet, cor anglais (literally French for ‘English horn’), bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon and saxophone.

Below, we have sought to answer some of the most common woodwind orchestra queries that our customers here at Dawkes Music have.

Woodwinds in the Orchestra

Orchestral Woodwind Section

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Flute Playing Videos: Tips For Good Posture (7/10)

3rd November 2018

Our seventh video in this Flute Technique series discusses some top tips for good flute playing posture. This is the seventh of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: Practicing Good Technique (6/10)

11th October 2018

Our sixth video in this Flute Technique series discusses some physical and practice based pointers for improving your technique. This is the sixth of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: AIR SUPPORT pt.2 with Krzysztof Kaczka (5/10)

16th August 2018

Our fifth video in this Flute Technique series focusses on another exercise to improve your breathing and air support. This is the fifth of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: AIR SUPPORT with Krzysztof Kaczka (4/10)

10th August 2018

Our fourth video in this Flute Technique series focusses on an exercise to improve your breathing and air support. This is the fourth of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: PRACTICING STACCATO with Krzysztof Kaczka (3/10)

20th July 2018

This is the third of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: TONE EXERCISE with Krzysztof Kaczka (2/10)

23rd June 2018

This is the second of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Flute Playing Videos: WARM UP with Krzysztof Kaczka (1/10)

1st June 2018

This is the first of a ten part video series we recorded with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. Throughout the videos Krzysztof will talk about various techniques and exercises to help improve your flute playing, whatever your level.

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Upgrade/Pro Flute Offers – December 2017

4th December 2017

We’re delighted to be offering an extra 5% discount off any upgrade/pro Flute (or Piccolo) over £1,000 until Dec 31st 2017.

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Pearl Flute Masterclass with Krzysztof Kaczka

27th October 2017

We had a great event last night with top international flautist Krzysztof Kaczka. It was a full house, so many thanks to all for attending, and especially those who performed. It takes some guts to stand up in front of a room full of strangers and perform a piece for public critiquing! It was especially heart warming to see that 5 of the 6 playing volunteers were teenagers as one of our main goals with these events is to support and inspire the next generation of musicians.

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Flute Masterclass – 6th October, 2016

14th September 2016

Together with Pearl Flutes we’re delighted to be supporting a Flute Masterclass with top European flautist Krzysztof Kaczka in Oxfordshire on October 6th…

Details:

Where: Oxfordshire County Music Service, Centre for Music, Bayswater Road, Oxford, OX3 9FF

When: Thursday October 6th (5pm – 7pm)

Suitable For: Any advancing flautist from Grades 2/3 onwards

Cost: FREE (Parents & Pupils all welcome)

Booking: Direct through OCMS: (Tel) 01865 816 999 (Email) paul.bruce@oxfordshire.gov.uk

More Info: If you’d like any more info please contact events@dawkes.co.uk or call us on 01628 630 800 (Contact Name: Karen or Linda)

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‘Bagpipe Lung’ – Cleaning Care Advice & Gear for Wind Instruments

23rd August 2016

Many of you will have seen the recent article and report warning players of so-called ‘bagpipe lung’ infections. So, what’s the truth behind the situation and what can you do to ensure you keep your instrument clean and safe…

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NEW Yamaha YFL-212 Beginners Flute…

11th April 2016

Wow, even writing YFL-212 feels very odd! Ever since I’ve been in this industry (1996) the premium student flute on the market has been the Yamaha YFL-211. Sure, it’s had the odd roman numeral II or lettering after it but fundamentally the 211 has always been a 211. It’s become synonymous with quality and a safe bet for any student starting out. Why? Well, it’s surely been the best engineered model in production since the early 1990’s and the headjoint cut has been especially easy for new players to strive on.

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Madejski Academy Music Trial Day

6th October 2010

Thursday 30th September, John Madejski Academy, Reading- Matt Sanders, Brass Dept

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British Flute Society Convention – Day 4 FINAL

23rd August 2010

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ZX5qdIEB0[/youtube]Day 4:
I must say that despite barely playing a note over the past few days I am totally fluted out! Today started with a brilliant beatboxing session with Greg Pattillo (SEE VIDEO ABOVE – COURTESY OF YOUTUBE).

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British Flute Society Convention – Day 3

22nd August 2010

After a good nights sleep I managed to make it to Trevor Wyes early 
session on practising efficiently followed by the brilliant Alexandra
Grot, the hong kong flute centre flute orchestra, another piccolo
recital and the fantastic Katherine Bryan who has inspired me to dig
out the Hue fantasie when I get home.

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British Flute Society Convention – DAY 2

21st August 2010

Well, needless to say I didn’t make it to the warm up this morning at 7am but I did manage to catch an early lecture on performance anxiety with Mary lee Cochran from the psychology department of Kansas State University. This was followed by a recital by two horribly attractive and talented flautists, Kayoko Minamino and Zsuzsa Vamosi-Nagy, titled fresh faces – fresh music.

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British Flute Society Convention – Day 1

20th August 2010

Julia Bentley Dawkes is a local flautist and flute teacher specialising in the suzuki method of teaching music. She is attending the British Flute Societys seventh international convention at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

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Bass Flute – Have a sit down!

1st May 2010

Well, we waited eagerly (at least the flute players here did!) for the arrival of our Jupiter Bass Flute – 1125ES…seen for the first time last year ‘stood up’ at a trade show.

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NEW! Pearl Flute Info Videos

15th April 2010

Hi all. We’ve just uploaded 2 new videos on the splendid Pearl 695RBE CODA and 795RBE Coda Flutes.

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