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Flute 360

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Guiding flutists holistically to discover their unique voice on and off the stage!


Episode 42: Hans Kuijt, LefreQue

In today’s episode, Heidi talks with Hans Kuijt who is a saxophonist, flutist, teacher, and inventor of lefreQue! Heidi and Hans talk about his process, obstacles along the way, and the product and what solutions it resolves. Check-out today’s episode for more details!  

Episode 42 – Main Points:

  • 1:29 – Welcome!
  • 1:40Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2:12 Book: Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge
  • 2:25 – Question: Give us your background, please.
  • 2:35 – Hans gives us his musical background!
  • 2:44Sir James Galway, flutist
  • 4:22 – “My heart was in the music and that’s why I became a musician.” – Hans
  • 5:11 – The beginnings of LefreQue!
  • 5:17 – “I was always a teacher and looking for explanations to my students to explain what happens in a physical way.” – Hans
  • 5:58 – Searching for the “why.”
  • 6:44 – The idea of LefreQue came in 2008 and then in 2012 the first prototype came out.
  • 7:35 – “It had to be a product for more instruments, not just for the saxophone.” – Hans
  • 8:25 – “I did a lot of research in those four years [2008-2012].” – Hans
  • 8:50 – “The only thing I can’t put it on is a didgeridoo!” – Hans
  • 9:11 – Question: What obstacles did you face along the way?
  • 9:17 – “If you have a good idea, and start a company, there are a lot of people who’d like to jump-in!” – Hans
  • 11:51LefreQue’s Materials
  • 15:04 – “I feel more connected to my instrument when I use LefreQue.” – Heidi
  • 15:41 – Question & Answer
  • 16:01 – “You have more problems on the bassoon compared to the flute.” – Hans
  • 16:21 – Question: How did you come-up with the name, LefreQue?
  • 16:25 – Hans’ Answer
  • 18:32 – Sound Bridge
  • 19:21 – Engineering
  • 22:05 – Question: What resources did you use throughout your journey?
  • 22:25 – “My mind is never quiet, it is always working.” – Hans
  • 24:48 – “Cork is the slowest material on Earth – almost.” – Hans
  • 25:53 – Heidi’s takeaway between Hans’ answer and Ho-Fan Lee’s response.
  • 26:44 – Mark Dooly, Win-D-Fender
  • 27:53 – Question: Do you have any advice or suggestions for the new inventor?
  • 28:07 – “Look at yourself in the mirror, and promise yourself that you will never give-up!” – Hans




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