I Quit Flute

Some excellent thoughts here from Trisha Craig (a wild flautist – oh, yes they can be, y’know, don’t be fooled!)

I Hate Practicing

An amazing young colleague recently had this as her Facebook status:

  • I quit flute.

Her friends responded with comments like, “Oh, no, you are SO GOOD!” or, “Don’t quit!!!” and “Nooooo!”

My response?  Do it.  (But, it’s not what you think. . .)

The late, great, Ed Gobrecht – bassoonist, conductor, educator, master inspirer – once horrified a group of undergraduate music majors at Ithaca College by recommending that we all take a month off from our instrument every summer.  His point was that no other professionals practice every day for their entire lives and everyone needs a break in order to avoid boredom, stagnation, and injury.  Professional athletes take a break in the off-season.  Surgeons, lawyers, and engineers take vacation time.  Writers and artists take time off to seek inspiration.  Why should musicians be compelled to never take a break, or feel guilty for leaving their instrument at home…

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