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flutist Zara Lawler shares tips on learning music

Postcard from Yellow Barn


My marimba partner, Paul Fadoul, and I just got to spend 5 days in beautiful Putney, Vermont, in a residency hosted by the Yellow Barn Music School. It was so beautiful and peaceful there–it was like being at a music spa.

I made a video comparing the experience of practicing in New York City with practicing in Vermont:

How about you?  Any experiences practicing in beautiful locations?  Did the beauty of the place change your experience of practicing?  Did it have any lasting effects?

You can read more about our time at Yellow Barn here.

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3 Comments to

“Postcard from Yellow Barn”

  1. On November 5th, 2010 at 6:36 am Helen Bledsoe Says:

    I did two residencies at Banff. Their practice cabins in the mountains are very special. Once (and this ties in with your other post about breaks) I was taking a break, and I was so quiet for so long that a little mouse crawled in from under the floor boards. I didn’t want to scare it away so just sat there, it turned into a VERY long break. :-)

  2. On November 11th, 2010 at 8:15 am S. Says:

    That was a really funny video!
    This best part about this post was the fact that you, a professional, still practice your scales during warm ups. I think a lot of us amateurs would rather just hurry on to our main pieces. But, scales are very important! So thanks for including that.

    I hope you post more warm up videos. It’s great to see how other flautists warm up. ^_^

  3. On November 11th, 2010 at 9:37 am admin Says:

    Thanks for your thanks…I’ve been planning a flute-specific warm up post. I’ll try to get on it soon.

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