“If you’re making music for a living, the answer is obviously ‘flute.’ But if you need to learn to play for other reasons, check out violin.”
Does it sound better to me then?
“The flute is the most challenging, since it requires all of your focus and concentration. It really beats the violin. Your playing is going to sound good, regardless of how good the instrument is.”
Do you have any tips for getting better at the flute?
“It’s not a game, and it’s not like you get better when you get better at other instruments. That’s just not how it works.”
How much time, dedication and effort does it take to be great in the flute?
“It takes at least several years. You have to train your whole life, and I mean really dedicate yourself to learning. You have to really work your butt off.”
The most time-consuming aspect of flute playing?
“Practicing the first thing in the morning. You can have hours of practice time, but if you want to make a living off your musical skills, the most time-consuming thing in the world is training your ears.”
Can you pick out parts by ear?
“Of course you can! You learn to identify the notes by ear.”
What is your musical education like?
“When I was growing up, my parents were just happy to have me, and they didn’t see a need to educate me and I never got as into it. It didn’t mean it didn’t have value, but they didn’t expect to hear from me the whole time.”
What are your ambitions in the future?
“I want to have a career as an electric guitar player. I’m really, really good at playing. You’re really into the sound – I don’t know if you can compare it to piano.”
When have you made your first flute album?
“I made my first Flute album when I was 14. I was playing in the local band, so we called it Our Flute Band. It wasn’t a very big hit for a while, but after we moved back to the States, I got back to playing with the band.” (He plays the trombone.)
Tell us about recording your own album.
“We recorded our song on the same day. We all took a break right before we