316 episodes

The #1 Flute Podcast Channel ‘Talking Flutes‘ where the recipe and ingredients are very simple. Take a leading flute player, author, golfer and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Clare Southworth) and mix with flute player, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Public Speaker and Managing Director of the world famous TJ flute brand (Jean-Paul Wright). Then speak with some of the world‘s leading flute players including Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Gareth Davies (too many more beautiful flute playing guests to mention in a single paragraph), and gently mix these together with some Grammy and Emmy winning musicians. Top with mental health awareness advice from Dr Joe Stammeijer and finish with some stunning music, laughs and plenty of fun.

Talking Flutes Jean-Paul Wright & Clare Southworth

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    • 4.6 • 18 Ratings

The #1 Flute Podcast Channel ‘Talking Flutes‘ where the recipe and ingredients are very simple. Take a leading flute player, author, golfer and Professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London (Clare Southworth) and mix with flute player, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Public Speaker and Managing Director of the world famous TJ flute brand (Jean-Paul Wright). Then speak with some of the world‘s leading flute players including Sir James Galway, Jasmine Choi, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmund-Davies, Gareth Davies (too many more beautiful flute playing guests to mention in a single paragraph), and gently mix these together with some Grammy and Emmy winning musicians. Top with mental health awareness advice from Dr Joe Stammeijer and finish with some stunning music, laughs and plenty of fun.

    "Metronomes and Tuning Forks Should Be Banished to Outer Space!" E:314 with Paul Edmund-Davies

    "Metronomes and Tuning Forks Should Be Banished to Outer Space!" E:314 with Paul Edmund-Davies

    In the realm of music, the flute holds a special place, weaving melodies that can be both hauntingly beautiful and strikingly powerful. In the latest episode of Talking Flutes, we revisit a gem from our archives featuring none other than the renowned flute player Paul Edmund-Davies. His insights into the world of flute playing are as refreshing as they are provocative, challenging the norms and urging us to look forward rather than backward for inspiration.
    The conversation plunges into the depths of musical education and its evolution. Paul, with his rich experience and candid demeanour, discusses the revered French school of flute playing, paying homage to its greats like Taffanel, Gobert, Moyse, and Rampal. Yet, he insists that while the past is to be respected, it is the present that should be seized. He argues that fixation on historical methods may hinder our own creative expression and growth as musicians.
    Listeners are treated to a sneak peek into Edmund-Davies' own struggles and triumphs with the instrument. He shares the origin story of his '28 Day Warm Up Book', born out of a personal quest to overcome technical hurdles on the flute. His approach to finger independence is as enlightening as it is practical, emphasising the need for exercises that strengthen the fingers in both directions.
    The episode is sprinkled with humour and wisdom, as Edmund-Davies draws parallels between musical performance and storytelling, insisting that each note should be treated as a word in an unfolding narrative. He also touches on the controversial topic of metronomes and tuning machines, which he humorously suggests should be banished to outer space. His rationale? These tools, while useful, can become crutches that prevent musicians from developing their innate sense of timing and pitch.
    Paul Edmund-Davies' philosophy extends beyond technique to the very essence of music-making. He advocates for a practice that is musically driven rather than mechanically repetitive, one that takes the audience on a journey. His views on performance anxiety and the quest for constant innovation in interpreting familiar pieces are particularly resonant.
    The episode concludes with a call to action for all musicians to bring life to every piece of music they touch, making the familiar unfamiliar and the mundane magical. It's a powerful message that resonates with anyone who has ever picked up an instrument or been moved by a melody.
    For those who wish to dive deeper into the conversation, the full podcast is available, promising to be as musically fulfilling as the excerpt suggests. So, whether you're a seasoned flutist or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of music, this episode of Talking Flutes is not to be missed. Tune in to episode 117, "Metronomes and Tuning Forks Should Be Banished to Outer Space," and let your musical horizons expand.
    Remember, as the host bids us farewell, may your week be filled with harmonious discoveries, and may your own third octave f sharp find its perfect resonance.
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra', 'Bitesize' and 'Revisited' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.tjflutes.com 

    • 15 min
    Crafting Your Musical Brand in a Crowded World! E:313 with Clare Southworth & Jean-Paul Wright

    Crafting Your Musical Brand in a Crowded World! E:313 with Clare Southworth & Jean-Paul Wright

    Are you a musician looking to carve out your unique space in the industry? Do you ever wonder how you can stand out in a sea of talented performers, teachers, and writers? If you're nodding your head, then the latest episode of Talking Flutes is a must-listen for you!
    In this insightful 'Revisited' conversation, Clare Southworth and Jean-Paul Wright revisit an archived episode 63 from a few years back, where they delve deep into the nuances of brand building for musicians. They discuss what it means to have a brand, how to maintain integrity while promoting yourself, and the importance of understanding your target audience.
    Jean-Paul kicks off the discussion with an interesting anecdote about Mrs. Hinch, an Instagram influencer who skyrocketed to fame simply by sharing her passion for cleaning. This story beautifully illustrates the power of authenticity and communication in building a brand that resonates with people.
    Clare, with her extensive experience in performing, teaching, and writing, shares her perspective on how to connect with different audiences. She emphasises the importance of knowing your unique selling points and how to leverage them to create a memorable brand. Whether it's through engaging concert narrations or innovative program planning, Clare believes in the power of creating an emotional link with your audience.
    The conversation also touches on the practical aspects of branding, such as the use of social media, the role of visual imagery, and the significance of credibility and consistency. Jean-Paul, with his background in flute playing, branding and marketing, offers valuable insights into the business side of music and how to keep up with the ever-changing tastes and styles of the audience.
    Building a brand isn't just about showcasing talent; it's about crafting a story that people want to be a part of. It's about being genuine, approachable, and, most importantly, true to oneself. As Clare puts it, "Your brand develops with you as you develop."
    So, whether you're a budding musician or an established artist looking to refresh your brand, this episode of Talking Flutes is filled with actionable advice and thought-provoking discussions that can help guide your journey.
    Ready to make your mark in the music world? Tune in to the full episode and start building a brand that's as unique as your music!
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra', 'Bitesize' and 'Revisited' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit https://tjflutes.com 

    • 37 min
    The Harmonious F** word : Exploring Music's Playful Side. E:312 with José Valentino & Gualo

    The Harmonious F** word : Exploring Music's Playful Side. E:312 with José Valentino & Gualo

    Are you ready to discover the 'F word' in music? No, it's not what you think. It's something much more exhilarating – it's FUN! In a delightful episode of Talking Flutes revisited, hosts Jean Paul Wright takes us on a musical journey with the exceptional talents of Jose Valentino (flute) and Gualo (guitar).
    The podcast revisits a gem from March 2019, which deserves a second listen (or perhaps your very first). Recorded in a hotel room in Los Angeles, this episode is brimming with laughter, wisdom, and spontaneous music that transcends the traditional boundaries of flute and guitar.
    Jose Valentino, a multi-award-winning musician, and Gualo, a master of guitar, have a chemistry that's palpable. Their conversation veers from the serious to the silly, from discussing the nuances of love in music to the sheer joy of playing for the sake of playing. They remind us that music is not just about precision and technique; it's about expression, service, and connecting with the audience.
    The duo discusses the importance of having fun while playing music, a sentiment that resonates deeply in an industry often bogged down by perfectionism. They emphasise that music should be a playful adventure, akin to children in a sandbox, exploring and expressing without fear of judgment.
    Their performances within the podcast are a testament to their philosophy. With Valentino's flute beatboxing and Gualo's rhythmic guitar grooves, they create a soundscape that's both innovative and infectious. Their original composition "Love Has to Do with It" is a response to Tina Turner's classic hit, delving into the profound aspects of love and how it influences their music.
    Listeners will find themselves nodding along when Valentino and Gualo discuss the pitfalls of taking music too seriously. They encourage everyone, whether a seasoned musician or a beginner, to embrace improvisation and the creative freedom it brings. Their advice is simple yet profound – look in the mirror, smile, and remind yourself to have fun before you play.
    The podcast wraps up with a soulful performance of "It's My Promise," leaving us with the lingering question: Do we need more of the 'F word' in our lives? If you're looking to reignite your passion for music or simply need a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures of playing an instrument, this episode is a must-listen.
    So, grab your headphones, settle in, and let the sounds of Talking Flutes revisited fill your room. Who knows, you might just find yourself tapping your feet, or better yet, picking up an instrument to join in the fun. Listen to the episode now and unlock the joy of music that's been waiting for you all along.
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra', 'Bitesize' and 'Revisited' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.tjflutes.com 

    • 40 min
    Flute Alchemy: A Golden Symphony with Sir James & Lady Galway E:311

    Flute Alchemy: A Golden Symphony with Sir James & Lady Galway E:311

    If the sound of a flute has ever captivated you, our latest podcast episode is one you cannot afford to miss. in October 2020 we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, a couple who have not only mastered the art of flute playing but have also dedicated their lives to the education and continuation of this enchanting instrument's legacy.
    Sir James & Lady Jeanne are more than just accomplished musicians; they are trailblazers in the flute community. In this insightful conversation, they delve into the origins of their passion, the importance of always maintaining excellence, and the joy of sharing their knowledge through the Galway Flute Academy. 
    Sir James, often referred to as 'The Man With the Golden Flute,' reveals the discipline behind his seemingly effortless performances. From his early days to his rise as an international world leading soloist, he emphasises the importance of a solid technical foundation, sharing anecdotes of his rigorous training and practice routines that shaped his illustrious career.
    Lady Jeanne Galway, equally esteemed for her contributions, speaks passionately about the Galway Flute Academy and its mission to nurture the next generation of flutists. The couple's commitment to giving back to the music community shines through as they discuss their innovative approaches to teaching, including the integration of technology in their new 'Live Learn' series.
    This episode is not just for flutists; it's a treasure trove of wisdom for anyone interested in music, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence. Sir James's stories from the opera to the recording studio, combined with Lady Jeanne's insights into the business of music, offer a rare glimpse into the life of world-renowned musicians.
    As we revisit this conversation, we're reminded that there are no shortcuts to mastery. The Galways' dedication to their craft and their students is a testament to their belief in the transformative power of music. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a curious listener, their words will inspire you to seek out your own excellence.
    So, take a moment to immerse yourself in the world of Sir James & Lady Galway and let the golden tones of the flute, the laughter, and the shared love for music transport you to a world where artistry and education meet. Listen now, and be prepared to be moved by the magic of the flute.
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra', 'Bitesize' and the new 'Revisited' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.tjflutes.com 

    • 45 min
    Unmasking the Impostor: Overcoming Self-Doubt in Music. E:310 with Dr Beth Wright

    Unmasking the Impostor: Overcoming Self-Doubt in Music. E:310 with Dr Beth Wright

    In this week’s enlightening episode of Talking Flutes Extra, host Jean Paul welcomes back Dr. Beth Wright, forensic psychologist and his daughter, to tackle a question that hits home for many musicians – dealing with impostor syndrome and self-doubt. With her expert insight, Dr. Beth Wright demystifies the concept of impostor syndrome, describing it as the nagging feeling of not belonging or undeserved success, despite evidence to the contrary.
    Dr. Beth guides us through the psychological roots of impostor syndrome, explaining how it's intertwined with our self-worth and past experiences. She reassures us that it can strike anyone, regardless of their confidence level, and often feeds on our deepest insecurities. But there's hope, as she shares practical strategies for challenging and reframing negative thoughts, highlighting the importance of seeking evidence against our self-doubts and recognising that our thoughts are not always facts.
    The conversation takes a deep dive into the power of thought challenging, especially for musicians who grapple with performance anxiety and the pressure of perfection. Dr. Beth encourages listeners to embrace the idea of growth and learning from every experience, rather than succumbing to the fear of failure.
    Jean Paul and Beth also explore the concept of flow state and how it can help performers stay present and focused, free from the intrusion of doubt. They discuss the delicate balance between adopting an alter ego on stage and staying true to one's unique essence as a musician.
    This episode is a must-listen for anyone who has ever felt like an impostor in their musical journey. Tune in to find out how to acknowledge and overcome the internal critic, and step into a space of confidence and authenticity in your artistry.
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra' and 'Bitesize' are podcast productions by the TJ Flute Company. For more information, visit www.tjflutes.com.

    • 27 min
    Stage Fright Unmasked: Conquering Anxiety in the Spotlight! E:309 with Dr Beth Wright

    Stage Fright Unmasked: Conquering Anxiety in the Spotlight! E:309 with Dr Beth Wright

    Stress vs Anxiety in our musical performance!
    As musicians, the stage is not only a platform for showcasing our art but also a battleground for our inner demons of stress and anxiety. In the latest episode of our podcast, we delve deep into this subject with forensic psychologist Dr. Beth Wright, who offers a compelling analysis of the psychological challenges that musicians face.
    Dr. Wright distinguishes between stress and anxiety, two terms that are often mistakenly used interchangeably. Stress, she explains, is an acute, fight-or-flight response to a triggering situation, while anxiety is a more prolonged state of overthinking and excessive worrying. Understanding the difference is crucial for musicians who are constantly under the pressure of performance and perfection.
    The conversation then shifts to the concept of stressors, which, according to Dr. Wright, are not self-induced but rather natural responses to situations that signal danger to our primitive instincts. However, when stress morphs into anxiety, it becomes a complex web of deep-rooted issues that affect our fundamental needs, such as Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
    What's particularly enlightening is Dr. Wright's discussion on the nuances of anxiety disorders and how they can manifest in high-functioning individuals, debunking the myth that anxiety always leads to dysfunction. She also touches on the benefits of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for those struggling with anxiety, emphasising the importance of identifying maladaptive thinking patterns that fuel our fears.
    The episode doesn't just stop at identifying problems; it offers solutions. Dr. Wright advocates for therapy and the importance of having a support system, especially in cultures where seeking help is stigmatised. She also provides practical advice for approaching friends or colleagues who are struggling, stressing the power of listening and offering support without necessarily providing solutions.
    For anyone who has ever felt the grip of anxiety before stepping onto the stage, this podcast is a must-listen. Dr. Wright's insights are not just for musicians but for anyone looking to understand the intricate dance between stress and anxiety. So, tune in, learn about the psychological intricacies of performance, and discover strategies to keep your mental health in tune with your music.
    Don't let stress and anxiety mute your melody. Listen to this episode and start harmonising your mental and musical notes today.
    'Talking Flutes', Talking Flutes Extra' and 'Bitesize' are podcast productions by the TJ flute company.  For more information visit www.tjflutes.com 

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

AHROCK ,

Essentially listening

Superb content. Interesting and very informative. Plenty of interviews with professional players and discussions covering all aspects of playing and flute design. If you play flute, this is an essential listen.

Fundamentally Flutey ,

Brilliant… whatever your level!

Great nuggets to inspire & inform. I enjoy this myself & recommend it to all my students too. Light hearted and informal with solid advice. Thank you.

Cyclestofailure ,

Nice 'bite-sized' flute podcasts!

At last!!...some nice 'bite-sized' short podcasts with some excellent practice and performance info.

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