314 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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    • 4.4 • 19 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.

    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
    Judgement Vs Opinion in Music. E:308 with Dr Beth Wright

    Judgement Vs Opinion in Music. E:308 with Dr Beth Wright

    The Complex Dance of Judgment and Opinion in Musical Performance
    In this captivating episode of Talking Flutes Extra, host Jean Paul Wright is once again joined by his daughter, forensic psychologist Dr. Beth Wright to delve into the intricate relationship between judgment and the mental and performance outcomes for musicians. The discussion kicks off with two thought-provoking listener questions about the effects of internal and external judgment and strategies to alleviate the burdens they impose.
    Dr. Beth Wright takes us on a journey from our primal roots to the modern-day, explaining how our evolutionary fight or flight response has shaped our perception of judgment and its significance in our lives. She eloquently differentiates between judgment and opinion, illuminating how the latter can be a source of growth despite its potential discomfort.
    Throughout the conversation, the pair tackle the elusive concept of perfection, the role of self-worth in musicianship, and the importance of embracing imperfection as a source of beauty and creativity. They also address the impact of social media on our perception of success, reminding us that what we often see is a curated version of reality, not a live, unedited performance.
    Dr. Beth introduces the concept of radical acceptance, encouraging musicians to embrace their vulnerabilities and accept that mistakes are a natural part of life and performance. She emphasises that growth often comes from discomfort, urging listeners to view these challenges as opportunities for personal and professional development.
    Tune in to this profound episode as Jean Paul and Dr. Beth Wright explore the psychological undercurrents that influence our musical journeys, offering insights on how to navigate the complex emotions tied to judgment and opinion. Whether you're a seasoned performer or an aspiring musician, this discussion promises to shed light on the path to a more fulfilling and liberated artistic expression.
    'Talking Flutes' and 'Talking Flutes Extra' are podcast productions by the TJ Flute Company. For more information, visit www.tjflutes.com.

    • 20 min
    Are You A Procrastinator? E:307 with Dr Beth Wright & Jean-Paul Wright

    Are You A Procrastinator? E:307 with Dr Beth Wright & Jean-Paul Wright

    Navigating Procrastination with Dr. Beth Wright
    In this enlightening episode of Talking Flutes, host Jean Paul Wright is joined by Dr. Beth Wright, a flute player and forensic psychologist, to unravel the complexities of procrastination, especially as it relates to musicians. As the first in a short series focused on musician mental health and awareness, this discussion delves into the voluntary inaction that plagues many of us, exploring its triggers and consequences, and offering strategies to overcome it.
    Dr. Beth Wright, who happens to be Jean Paul's daughter, brings her personal and professional insights into why we delay essential tasks and how this behaviour impacts our performances, practice sessions, and ultimately, our self-worth. The conversation touches on perfectionism, intrinsic motivation, and the weight of expectations, providing listeners with a deep understanding of the psychological underpinnings of procrastination.
    Listeners will discover practical tips for becoming self-aware, tackling the most challenging tasks first, and focusing on the process rather than the outcome. Beth emphasises the importance of self-compassion and honesty in breaking the cycle of procrastination, encouraging musicians to be kind to themselves and to embrace each step of their musical journey.
    Join us for a thought-provoking session that promises to help you redefine your relationship with procrastination, enhance your practice, and find joy in the music-making process. Stay tuned for the next episode, where we'll dive into the topic of judgment and its effects on mental health.
    'Talking Flutes', 'Talking Flutes Extra', and 'Bitesize' are podcast productions by the TJ Flute Company. For more information, visit www.tjflutes.com.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

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Wonderful interviews and insights

As an adult returning to the flute, I find inspiration, instruction and insight in every episode. Thank you for the show!

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AMAZING!

Wow, that guy is CRAZY good at playing flute! I'm a beginner, so I hope to learn a lot from him! Watch #8, the 2010 MIA best woodwind instrument. So cool! :)

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