PET PEEVES and FAQ's
My Personal Requests
Fingering charts - horizontal please. The flute is horizontal….so I’m not sure why so many fingering charts are vertical.
Vertical, not landscape layout please if possible. For me, this is because I usually use my iPad to perform and you cannot do 1/2 page turns in landscape format.
List all auxiliary instruments required at the beginning of the part (front page) and at the top of the first page of music.
Please please please make your score look nice. If you haven't taken the time to format things correctly, why should a performer take the time to learn your music? Attention to detail goes both ways and is much appreciated!
Flutist - flautist? Which one is it?
I generally just say "Flute Player" and avoid the issue. Growing up in England I always said "flautist" (flawtist), but when I moved to the US, found that people said either "flutist" (flewtist), or "flautist" (flowtist...like ow!) and were very opinionated about which one to use. It doesn't really matter...it's just playing the flute. The confusion comes from the fact that the French spelling is "flutiste" while the English is "flautist".