HOLY CRAP, GUYS, FCNY SURPRISED ME WITH THE GLISSANDO HEADJOINT TO TRY OUT!!!!!!!
I've ALWAYS wanted to try fun inventions like this!! The flute as we know it today is actually a fairly recent invention itself in the grand scheme of things, so it's really cool to see people taking the flute as far as they can. One of the most limiting things about the flute is the inability to pitch bend as magnificently as other instruments... but this headjoint can do it!!! Ahh!!!!!
I've always wondered how it was put together because from far away, you really can't see the cutout of the outer tube that allows the inner tube to slide up and down. It just kind of looks like this magical lip plate that can slide around, and my brain was always like, "How?!"
I hope you guys enjoy watching me experience the Glissando Headjoint, and I hope it makes its way into your hands too! :D
The Glissando Headjoint by Robert Dick
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We've wanted to make this video for a while, and to my surprise, Jon decided to join me on camera!! Meet my love, my rock: the one and only Jon that I keep mentioning in my videos! :D :D
So the full story is that we saw this game at PAX (video game convention) a few years ago, and Jon immediately said it would be amazing if I played it on my channel. He is a huge music game aficionado, and he is always encouraging me to keep practicing music games even though I'm hilariously bad at them. It confused him the first time he watched me fail miserably at a rhythm game at the arcade, but he never gave up helping me through music games and seeking to understand why I'm failing at them and how reading music through a video game differs from a static piece of paper. It's been five years of him working on me to get me to where I am now in this video. Still hilariously bad, but not as bad as before. XD
I hope you guys enjoy watching us be silly together!
-Joanna (and Jon ^_^)
Yes, I am a bit embarrassed to admit that it took me THIS long to figure out how to motivate myself to practice. As it turns out, it has far less to do with patience and discipline than I thought.
You just need to give yourself a bunch of cliffhangers!
Livestreaming my practice sessions on Twitch has been such an amazing blessing in my life. I was scared that I would end up practicing only as a show, but quite the opposite has happened. These livestreams are the only time I practice. They're real! That's why I'm discovering so many things about myself that I hadn't noticed before. And now that I'm constantly motivated to practice, I keep discovering more things that I want to improve...
And the cycle continues. I've found my drive!
If you haven't found your drive yet, I hope you find it soon! Maybe try out my tips as a starting point and take things from there. :) You got this!
The March and April annual madness... it's so real, and it's not something to brush off as a teacher! I learned that the hard way. If I'm being totally honest, I know I've driven away a few students from pushing makeup lessons too hard, and I have no one to blame but myself for thinking selfishly. I thought that making this video might help some other teachers out there who are struggling with the same thing during these couple of months every year.
For a long time, I felt guilty for feeling so selfish, but there's that Dumbledore quote I always think about: "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
Although, I guess this isn't so much about our abilities as much as it's about our feelings. But it's true--your character shows when you make a decision on what to do with feelings of selfishness.
Learn from my past mistakes and my current success. The success isn't in getting my students to practice--it's in getting my students to still enjoy music during crazy times. :)