Here's an EASY scale routine you can do every day to help you play comfortably in any key signature--AND effortlessly memorize your scales. It's a WIN/WIN!
1. Pick 2-4 scales today.
2. Choose a tempo that you can play correctly and evenly.
3. Repeat each scale using the articulation patterns (see link below).
3. Fill in your tempos on the weekly scale tracker (link below).
4. Repeat tomorrow with 2-4 new scales!
If you implement this routine into your daily practice, you will
Click here to get the full guide, and watch the video down below for a more in-depth explanation and demonstration!
See you soon-- Happy Practicing!!
Let me just be the first one to say... setting goals is scary. But have you ever stopped to think about why?
For me (especially on the flute), I'm scared to set goals because I'm afraid I won't reach them. Or that I won't reach them perfectly.
I'd be willing to bet that, as a flute player, you struggle with perfectionism as well--and I want to encourage you by saying this:
Perfect is the enemy of Done.
That's right. If you're like me, the pressure of doing something perfectly (like setting AND reaching a goal) will actually inhibit me from getting anything done at all.
So instead of focusing on Perfect... let's focus on Progress.
Let's say you set a goal. You make sure it is a SMART goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Reasonable, Time-bound). You even make a plan of when you're going to work on your goal.
But when you get to the goal deadline, you didn't achieve everything you set out to. You didn't reach perfection.
In this moment, you have two choices. You can either beat yourself up for not being "perfect"... or you can take a look at your progress.
Consider the latter:
Think about where you were before you began working toward your goal. And then think about where you are now. What kind of improvements have you seen? Chances are you have made some really nice progress--which is AMAZING. Setting a goal and working toward it helped you move so much further than if you hadn't set a goal at all.
During the month of September, my students and I have set several SMART goals. Here are a few examples:
So what about you?
Even though September is winding down, you still have another week or two to accomplish something that's been on your to-do list for a while. I KNOW you can make progress toward you goals--all you have to do is write it down and start.
If you decided on a goal to crush, let me know what it is in the comments, or take a picture and tag me on Instagram! I can't wait to hear from you.
Are you new to the flute?? Such an exciting time!! In this video I'll guide you through all of the steps you need to know from opening your flute case for the first time to putting it together and finally to holding it correctly.
Have you learned any other assembling and holding tips from your teacher? Leave them in the comments below!
Hello Fabulous Flute Friends!
I don't know about you, but I have been on the STRUGGLE bus lately! It's taken me a solid three weeks since the school year began to find a workable routine for practicing, working, exercising, and all the rest of the things.
Have you had a tough transition as well?
Last night (Monday night), I finally got fed up. I decided that instead of binge watching YouTube and Netflix that I was going to BED with a BOOK and that I was going to get up EARLY. I also blocked my schedule out for the rest of the week with all the things I needed to do.
So far, I'm doing really well--I hope I can keep it up during this busy week! If you want to find out my method for blocking my time, you can ready my previous blog: How to Whip Your Busy Life Into Shape
In other news, I had a pretty exciting week last week starting my studio re-model, playing (and dancing with my daughter...) at the EcoArts Fair down at Cooper's Landing with Howard & Smyth, and I bought an adorable Ocarina that was hand-painted in Peru!
Somehow, I have to find quality time to practice the flute, because I have another Howard & Smyth gig coming up on Friday where we need to have 3 hours of music ready for a dinner party. Three hours may seem like a long time, but we're having no trouble filling it with all sorts of showtunes, pop covers, classical pieces, tangos and so much more. My binder is jam-packed!
Also on my radar my very first solo concerto performance in February where I'll play the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto with my chamber orchestra, The Southside Philharmonic here in Jefferson City.
Talk about terrified!!
I'm so excited to be have the opportunity, but wow! I have some major prep work to do. My goal right now is to memorize the second movement (with ornamentations) by the end of September. Wish me luck!
You'll also notice a couple of other things on my stand-- my Moyse De la Sonorite for long tones, and a Handel sonata collection that I'm looking at for a student. I can't forget my scales and articulation studies as well-- whew!
How was your week last week? Are you preparing for any upcoming performances? I'd love to hear about all of it, so leave me a comment below!
Until next time...
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