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Day 3 - Practicing Everything... Including Flute!

Day 3 - Practicing Everything... Including Flute!

February 17 – Day 3 (43 days until audition)

Had a full day off today so aimed to get in 4 hours. Bit of a late start to the day as I had to teach one of Tom’s students. Got it all done, but want to improve the length of my practice sessions to be longer and have shorter breaks.

Practice:

15 minute warmup
·     One octave of long tones (had already done 2 octaves while teaching), as well as the scale round. Still struggling in the trickier section, so need to spend some time properly practicing it if I want to play the round fluently.

30 minutes Weber Concertino
·     Started memorising because I have no issues with the piece, but need to get to know it well again. Focused on the beginning to the first variation.

30 minutes Flute
·     Warmup playing harmonics, then the intonation 3 page of Trevor Wye. Played through all the tricky pieces for China except America. Got too tight towards the end and started buzzing.

 45 minutes Mozart 1st mvmt
·     Focused on the semiquaver passages and getting my fingers to relax and be even. Got up to the 8th page, so smashed through a lot.

30 minutes Cavallini 6
·     Split the study into 4 and worked in sections. Played each section very slowly, and got up to tempo. Just a few intervals that are messy.

 45 minutes Excerpts
·     All excerpts except the Rossini. Really focused on the triplets in Molly on the Shore, as well as using my air effectively in Beethoven 6.

 15 minutes Mozart 2nd mvmt
·     Worked on smoothness and started memorising. Trying to make as beautiful as possible. Need to relearn the cadenza.

30 minutes Tenor Sax
·     Worked on all excerpts, and tried to make sound as good as possible. Corners in, tongue low. Looked up some embouchure videos.

What I learned:

It took me all day to get through the 4 hours, so I need to go for longer stints. There are some things I know pretty well, so should give them more of a break while I get the unfamiliar stuff up to speed. I really love the Mozart 2nd mvmt a lot, and want to play it in a dark and quiet room.

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