Conservatory trained throughout my youth on both flute and piano, I retired in my twenties from playing flute professionally on stage, and, other than teaching a few students privately, I didn’t play seriously for years. In fact, I didn’t play again until my husband, Forrest W. Lineberry, asked me to perform with him.
A student of the wonderful Professor Richard Hahn, I just wrote a practcal guide for flutists about playing flute. It's called Dawn's Flute Notes, Practical Advice for Flute Players from Practice Room to Stage, and, as the title suggests, it's a realistic look at the world of playing flute with adivce, tips, tricks, and technical help. It's only available at Amazon, but it comes in both print and eBook formats.
Getting back to music, here are Forrest and I a couple of years ago in our first attempt at video recording, playing Goodbye Brick in the Wall, a seque of Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky / Another Brick in the Wall Part II arranged by Forrest for plugged-in acoustic guitar and overdriven flute. Our second video attempt is the Kansas piece, Carry On Wayward Son, also arranged by Forrest for switched-on acoustic guitar and electrified flute. The third video was done as a tribute to Chris Cornell of Soundgarden fame after his untimely death this year. Last is Jethro Tull’s Living in the Past.
Goodbye Brick in the Wall
Arranged by Forrest W. Lineberry and performed by him and me, the dog is our good boy, Laddie, whom I have pictured elsewhere on this site.
Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son
The cats you catch a glimpse of here and there in our Kansas’ Carry On Wayward Son performance are one or the other of our furballs, specifically asthmatic Alecia at the end.)
Black Hole Sun
My husband Forrest's arrangement of Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell for electrified flute and guitar, our tribute to Chris Cornell performed as a memorial for his untimely death.
Living in the Past
Again, my husband Forrest's arrangement for electrified flute and guitar. Says Forrest: “You can't have a flute in the band and not play some Jethro Tull. It just wouldn’t be right. Here's one of several in our repertoire — our arrangement of Living in the Past for electrified flute and acoustic guitar. I use my POG2 for the opening bass line. The rest is just straight guitar. Dawn uses flanger and echo on the flute for the opening theme. The rest is just a lot of breath and attitude to get that Ian Anderson tone.”
AUDIO VIDEOS (All Forrest W. Lineberry arrangements)
Nothing Else Matters
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
Hold Your Head Up
The Dog Breath Variations
Living in the Past
Carry On Wayward Son
Goodbye Brick in the Wall
Oye Como Va
Black Hole Sun
Dawn's Instruments & Gear
Dawn plays Gemeinhardt, Yamaha, an Azumi flute with an Altus headstock, and, now, since, July 1, 2017, a Haynes, historically her favored instrument.
She uses an AKG C555L headset microphone, usually plugged in with a MPAVL Micro Mic Phantom Adapter for 9-52 Volt, also from AKG, rather than with the wireless transceiver, unless they’re playing out somewhere.
Her floor units for effects was her choice of the Digitech RP1000, which Forrest then decided to use, too, and she went with Forrest’s find of the POG2.
For headphones, it’s the Forrest-recommended Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone.
If You are a Flutist, Beginning or Advanced, I Suggest This Book
This is a very slim volume written by my teacher, the pre-eminent flutist, Professor Richard Hahn. It’s only $7.99, so it isn’t going cause you any pain and may, in fact, bring a good bit of ease and practical help.
Dawn's Music Bio
Dawn started playing piano at age eight, flute at age eleven.
At age thirteen, she was playing first chair flute in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and also was picked to attend the Summer Music Institute at Western Illinois University.
Also at age thirteen, she was invited to train under scholarship in both piano and flute at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL, where she was privileged to private tutelage under the conservatory’s premier instructors in both flute and in piano.
Subsequently, studying for years under Richard Hahn, the top world-ranked flutist, second only to Rampal, she was invited to play in Europe. She was also selected to sit in on a two-week stint of improv- sessions with Carlos Santana and his group.
Dawn’s played with small to large symphony orchestras in New York and elsewhere, as well as playing in chamber groups that featured the first chair string, woodwind, and horn players from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Philharmonic, and other notable symphonies. She was soloist at two Bach Festivals with top harpsichordists, played with a much-revered concert pianist, and was invited to play at a World Expo. She also performed with several summer groups that toured, including both woodwind and woodwind/horn ensembles, quartets, quintets, and chamber orchestras.
Throughout, Dawn taught select students, passing on the extraordinary Richard Hahn’s techniques and knowledge.
On select occasions, she again plays classically as soloist, but mostly prefers to perform with her husband, Forrest, playing amplified, digitally-enhanced, electrified flute, often in styles that challenge her traditionally-trained boundaries.
About Playing Flute & Performing
On Being a Member of a Great Orchestra
This is now chapter 14 in my newly released book, Dawn's Flute Notes, Practical Advice for Flute Players from Practice Room to Stage.
More Essays on What It Means to be a Musician, especially a Flutist
- The Magnificent Musical Mind of F. W. Lineberry
- I've Never Been a Competitive Player ...Except With Myself
- Glass Curtain Shattered in Sandpoint Last Night
- My Daily Flute Repertoire Practice List
- A Weekend of Work & Music
- Those Darned Holes!
- My Hands, and the Rewarding Follow-up
- Update on Me & My New Digital Grand Piano.
- Living in the Past Performance Video Released ...Finally.
- In for a Digital Grand
- My Morning Funny
- When the POG2 and the Digitech Throw Tantrums
- The Upbeat Man and the Downbeat Woman
- Latest Audio Release — Hold Your Head Up
- An Epic Session Despite Residual Effects
- A Monday Spent in Recovery
- Playing Tull's Living in the Past
- The Mix-Down Session
- White Bread
- With Laughter ...at Myself!