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Miyazawa Newsletter - December 2016

Happy Holidays From Miyazawa

Wishing you and your family the gift of Love, the gift of Peace and the gift of Happiness. May all these be yours this holiday season and throughout the new year.

~From all of us at Miyazawa
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Here are a few comments about our service department:

"Tonya is Outstanding!!! Miyazawa is a class operation!"

"Erik Swanson does excellent work! I will send my flute to no other."

"'Service' has become an obsolete word - but not at Miyazawa!"

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upcoming Events
Interested in attending an event by one of our Miyazawa Artists? Find an event in your area by checking out our Artist Events Calendar on our website for any upcoming performances of our Artists!
For information on other Miyazawa events, please visit the Miyazawa Events Calendar.

f you have certain specifications that you are interested in and will be able to attend any of these events, please contact us in advance. We will be happy to bring something special for you.
Florida Flute Convention - January 27-29, 2017
Miyazawa will be exhibiting at the Florida Flute Convention held at the Orlando Airport Marriott in Orlando, FL. Guest Artist is Leone Buyse.
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Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair - February 18-19, 2017
Miyazawa will be exhibiting at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair held at the Sheraton Reston Hotel in Reston, VA. Guest Artist is Aaron Goldman.
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Artist Interview
Joanie Madden
Our Featured Artist for the month is Joanie Madden

Miyazawa Artist Joanie Madden is the Grammy Award winning flute and whistle player and leader of the Irish band, Cherish the Ladies. Joanie became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland Championship as well as the youngest member inducted into the Irish-American Musicians Hall of Fame. Other notable accomplishments include the recipient of the Wild Geese Award, voted one of the Top 100 Irish-Americans in the country and Traditional Musician of the Year, all for her contributions to promoting and preserving Irish culture in America.

Joanie is in constant demand as a studio musician, touring with the Eagle's Don Henley and has performed on over a hundred albums including performances with well known greats such as Pete Seeger and Sinead O'Connor. In addition to playing on three Grammy award-winning albums, she was also a featured soloist on the final Lord of the Rings soundtrack.

We had the opportunity to ask Joanie a few questions.
Click on the link to hear her thoughts on approaching rehearsals, her greatest influence as well as advice for upcoming flutists.
Featured Article
"Relieving Hand Fatigue"
Taking frequent breaks as well as playing with the lightest touch possible to avoid tension are just some of the steps flutists can take to prevent hand fatigue. Constant evaluation and awareness are the best tools for preventing injuries of any kind.

Our featured article for the month of December discusses the simple steps flutists can take to relieve and possibly eliminate hand fatigue. Click on the link below to read our featured article.

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Michel Bellavance performs Takemitsu's "Voice"
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Miyazawa Spotlight
Ask an Artist - Jill Felber

Good evening,

I am a fellow Miyazawa player and am wondering what your favorite high register warmups are to achieve a warm, sweet and in tune upper register.

Thank you!


Dear Cara,

Thank you for your question. Here are some ideas from my WHOLE FLUTES® seminar to help you enhance your tone in the third octave during your progress (practice) sessions. I hope you will achieve more comfort, warmth, sweetness and resonance in your tone, which will be the key to better intonation. Enjoy!


PELVIS: Tilt your pelvis forward and backward while sustaining a note. Note the position of your pelvis when you are producing your most resonant sound.

BACK: Tighten and expand the back while sustaining a note. Shoulder blades will be close together as you tighten and more separated as you expand the back. Work for an open and expanded back for optimum resonance.

CHEST: Keep the sternum high. Play third octave D while placing your right hand on your chest. Feel the chest vibrate.

THROAT: Open and wide. Think of the word "WHOLE".

JAW: Flexible and dropped. Teeth separated.

TONGUE: Low in the mouth. Hold a long tone and move the tongue in different positions while you note the clarity of tone changing.

CHEEKS: Soft. Allow some air pockets. Send your air to your cheekbones.

NOSTRILS: Open as though you are enjoying some wonderful fragrant air. Compare your sound with the nostrils closed.

FOREHEAD: Relaxed. Compare your sound with a tensed forehead.

Sustain a flute tone in the third octave while you vocally gliss up and down. The larynx position rises and falls like an elevator. Take note of the improved resonance when the larynx is in an optimal position for the third octave.

Lie on your back. Knees bent. Play long tones or scales and notice the elongation of your spine and tilt of your pelvis. Take note of the depth of tone and the efficiency of your air.

Sustain any third octave note. Do slow and deep knee bends (down and up) to increase depth and projection.

1) Play while bouncing (also great for practicing with an elevated heart rate)
2) Play while doing sit-ups. Engage your core.
3) Sustain upper octave notes while pressing your hips into the ball.

With a flat back, sit at the wall with thighs 90 degrees to the wall and parallel to the floor. Feet are shoulder width apart. Notice the depth and resonance as you play in the third octave.

Starting with your toes and ankles and heading up progressively through your body to your forehead, tense each part of your body and then relax. Repeat 3 times for each area. Scan your body for any remaining tense areas. Make sure your arms and torso are relaxed. Muscle tension can act as a mute to your tone. A soft, supple upper body will help with your resonance.

Click here to read more about Miyazawa Artist Jill Felber.
Featured Testimonial
"My Miyazawa flute has a beautiful, rich tone and great flexibility. I receive many positive comments about the sound on this flute. It's a wonderful instrument that I absolutely love playing!"

- Michelle Barraclough - Freelance Performer and Teacher
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