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Programming is my life; music is my passion. Flute is my primary instrument. I also play or have played most of the brass family and toyed with percussion. I love band music. Orchestrally I prefer Baroque and Classical music, as well as soundtrack/musical styles.

My favorite composers include:

  • The obvious:

    1. Mozart
    2. Bach
    3. Beethoven
    4. Chaminade
    5. John Williams
  • Not so obvious

    1. John Rutter
    2. Robert W. Smith
    3. Handel
    4. Attolah Shabbaz

combined Stack Exchange profile for Michael


Feb
1
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
15
awarded  Popular Question
Apr
27
awarded  Yearling
Jun
20
awarded  Scholar
Jun
20
accepted Pros and cons of different types of vibrato on trumpet
Jun
17
comment Pros and cons of different types of vibrato on trumpet
How would diaphramatic vibrato disturb your support and airstream? Voice and woodwinds use this technique; does the greater physical requirements for brass make that much of a difference?
Jun
17
comment Pros and cons of different types of vibrato on trumpet
"properly inducing tremelo in voice carries over" - I've found this to be true with flute(my main instrument) as well.
Jun
17
asked Pros and cons of different types of vibrato on trumpet
May
28
awarded  Student
May
26
comment Why do people say “you are a little flat” and never “you are are a little sharp”?
+1 When choirs sing a cappella, they tend to go flat because the throat muscles have to contract to sing higher, and it takes more energy and concentration to sing faster.
May
20
comment Trumpet low C♯ and D
I used to play 4-valve tuba and 3-valve sousaphone, and always missed having the fourth valve (the the tuning slides were all stuck - school instrument :)). BTW, there are also four-valve trumpets, though rare.
May
12
awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
11
comment What is the importance of practicing scales on piano, and the proper fingering of them?
I use scales for practicing styles too. You haven't lived until you swing a F# major scale!
May
11
comment What is the importance of practicing scales on piano, and the proper fingering of them?
@idober: The third movement of Mozart's flute concerto in G has scales everywhere. D and G are the ones I remember for sure. I think there's a harmonic minor in there too, but I can't say for sure.
May
11
comment Can you directly start to learn the alto flute without beginning by the C-flute?
Just as a note - really the only differences is a slightly relaxed embrouchure and more air. That being said, learning a C flute first will help you work to the "more air" part more easily.
May
11
answered Cleaning a tarnished flute
May
11
comment Are sweet drinks bad for singing?
Anecdotal, but I've never had a problem. However, there was a time when caffinated drinks seemed to affect my vibrato quality.
May
9
revised How can I prevent the noise my guitar pick makes?
Added details found in the comments
May
9
comment Why do minor keys sound “sad”?
Yes, and also songs like "We Three Kings" use it to convey a more formal tone. I see minor keys as emotional, not merely sad.
May
9
comment Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
However, IME piano composers are far more common...