Hi everyone! It's that time of year again...here are demonstration videos, made in my home office, along with a few tips as you prepare your All-State music this year.
Etude I (fast)
There isn't a lot here that's particularly flute-specific in this etude, but be sure to keep these things in mind anytime you play:
Technique should be clean and even, with no accidental notes ("flams") between the written notes. Keep all fingers rhythmical and working together as one team.
Every piece is a tone exercise! And a dynamics exercise! Review how to find your best tone and control dynamics in my blog post here.
Practice with the metronome on the 8th note subdivision so that you can learn to move seamlessly in and out of the mixed meter mm. 17-21.
Etude II (slow)
These phrases are long, and not all the same length. Note the breaths I take in my video above, and consider these additional options if you have trouble:
Breathe after the third note of the piece
After the downbeat of m. 6
After the G 8th note, beat 3 of m. 13
The 8th note beat might also be helpful on the metronome here to make sense of the 16th note triplets.
Ditto my comments on technique, tone, and dynamics above.
Good luck to all, and enjoy this opportunity to learn and grow!! Don't forget, you can sign up for me free virtual practice session with this form through October 9, 2022.