Saturday, March 03, 2007

Galway's Texas Masterclass 2007 on video

Dear Fluters,

The clips from a Texas masterclass, of Galway's lecture/demonstration, are finally all up for public viewing on Youtube. Fabulous Saturday morning viewing (right before I do the vaccuming hahhahaha! :>D)
I attended his 2005 masterclass, and have seen most of these demos, so with that as preface, let me say that the one that I think is the very most interesting to ME, personally, is Part VI, where he talks about ironing out scales.
He doesn't explain it fully here on the Texas videos but, listen to the mp3s of his 2005 masterclass to hear the actual "ironing out" advice. However he does break into improvising to "get to know his flute", which is what I've been doing with the Tuning CD when I'm warming up. And it's nice to watch him improvise and check his tone and flexibility, as we all do.
Humanizing. :>)

What he said in 2005 about "ironing out" and his demonstrations of it are here:
mp3s of Galways' Vancouver Masterclass 2005:

For a full version of what he does to practice each scale (using flowing musical style, and not sounding bored or robotic, unlike the scale books make you *think* you have to play) listen to:
Galway scale method mp3s:

But back to the new Texas '07 videos (below):
I find the "you don't need a gizmo" point of view humourous, and I notice that the overhead projector has a sharp missing, which is why the class of flutists can never play the same pitch when they try the arpeggio warmup for flexibility.
And, of course, I enjoy the longtones that bore him so.
At least I enjoy them alot more than Sir James does. More on that in the book that I'm writing.
But what a nice thing to see the whole thing up for viewing.
Thanks to Mark who shot the footage. :>)
Best, Jen See links below

Part I: Galway's early Headjoint Exercise

Part II: Headjoint Exercise cont'd

Part III: Boredom with longtones and using an Idol's recordings

Part IV: On his own flutes: Cooper/Muramatsu/Nagahara, and A 443-445.

Part V: Galway's flexibility tone warmup (arpeggios)
Note: There is an F# missing in the second bar on the overhead version Galway uses in this class.

MOST INTERESTING:
Part VI: Galway "ironing" scales out; getting to know your flute/improv/excerpts

Part VII: Galway's Vibrato development exercises

And in case you didn't know they were online, here are:
Galway's printed warmups: