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Scale Game Tracker [Free Download]

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I love the Scale Game.

 

If you're unfamiliar with The Scale Game, it is a list of sixty articulation/rhythm/tempo variations to accompany Taffanel and Gaubert's Exercises Journaliers, No. 4 by Michel Debost. It can be found in his book, The Simple Flute.  

 

The idea is to play all keys in T&G Number 4 each day, (including six 8va scales), rotating to ultimately play all keys in all styles at the end of a full 30 or 60-day rotation.


via Flute Talk

via Flute Talk


There are a couple ways to do it.


Rotating Keys

To Begin:

  1. Play C Major in the style of No. 1
  2. Play C Major 8va in the style of No. 2
  3. Play A minor in the style of No. 3... and so on.
  • Once you've played the last scale in the left column (E minor) in the style of No. 30, begin with C Major again on style No. 31, going through 31-60 following the order on the left. (Stop at Style 30 if you're playing 30 scales per day, or go on and play all 60 in one day!)
  • After completing C Major through E Minor on Styles 1-30, and then again on 31-60, you'll re-start on the next day with C Major 8va (the second key on the left) in the style of No. 1, going down the list again.

Rotating Styles

Rather than playing the articulations in the same order and rotating through the keys as above, you can keep the keys in the same order and rotate the articulations. 

  • Follow the same steps as the above to begin.
  • Once you finish all sixty styles (playing all 30 keys 2x each), begin again on C Major the following day, beginning on Style. No. 2.
    • C Major 8va on Style 3
    • A minor on Style 4... and so on.

Keeping Track + Staying Motivated

One of my biggest issues with attempting to rotate through the full Scale Game over 60 days is keeping track of where I am. I have yet to successfully complete a full rotation, because at some point, despite writing down notes, I get lost and start over. 

 

To remedy this, I've created a Scale Game Tracker to list out the full 60-Day rotation (following the Rotating Styles method), so I can simply check off each day without having to question where I'll need to start.

 

Plus, it's motivating to keep track in one place, seeing a clear visual of my progress!


Free Scale Game Tracker Download



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The Secret to Nailing Difficult Runs [Video]

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I recently received a message from a flutist on Instagram. She is preparing for an audition and having a hard time nailing particular runs in her piece, despite having spent a lot of time practicing slowly.

 

In addition to just practicing slowly to learn the notes and ingrain muscle memory, there are a few extra dimensions to slow practice that I find crucial when it comes to effortless technique.

 

Watch the video below to find out the Secret to Nailing Difficult Runs!

 


(Samples played from Karg-Elert's Sonata Appassionata, Op.140 for Solo Flute)

 

1. Mental and Physical Influence (0:38)

2. Replacing Doubt with Positive Alternatives (0:58)

3. 3 Ways to Practice to Observe the Startle Response in the Body (1:33)

4. The Whole Picture Surrounds a Musical Intention (4:53)



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August Inspiration Calendar [Free Download]

THIS MONTH'S THEME

August means the end of summer and the last chance to accomplish summer goals before the fall. For a lot of us, it also means fall auditions! 

This month's actions are geared towards preparing you to perform your best under pressure whether you have an upcoming audition or not!


TIPS FOR USING YOUR CALENDAR

  • The actions provided are meant to serve as inspiration to think outside the box while practicing. 
  • There's no need to do every action in the order specified. If you're one to print out calendars like this one, then stop using them after one day if you haven't done everything as listed perfectly, here's permission to use it however you'd like
  • Half the days are intentionally left blank, and you're encouraged to fill them in with actions that are very specific to your own personal goals and sources of inspiration.
  • The first action involves reviewing your goals, and writing them specifically in the space at the top. 
  • Items with an asterisk (*) have corresponding links and explanations that are available below the calendar at the end of this post! Follow the link at the bottom of the calendar to come back to this post at any time!

SET YOUR NEW GOALS

Take a moment to reflect and check-in on goals, experiences, and behaviors, ask the following questions:

  • Am I on track with my overall, long-term goals?
  • Are my behaviors reflective of what I wish to accomplish in the short and long-term?
  • Have I been putting off improving any specific areas of my playing?
  • What have I observed in myself that I wish to change?

HERE YOU GO!

Click the image or click the button below to download your free PDF!


CORRESPONDING LINKS


#PRACTICEROOMREVELATIONS

I am so excited to see your own revelations and the ways you're staying inspired throughout the month!

Use #practiceroomrevelations and tag @joleneflute to share your printables in action!