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Summer Workout Practice Planner [Free Download]

Summer is a great opportunity to spend some serious time practicing! If you're on break from school, perhaps you have a list of repertoire to tackle before the fall semester begins, or you're using your free time to work on pieces that have been on your to do list for a while.

I'm constantly grappling with the number of exercises and etudes I've gathered over the years, in addition to all the pieces in my library that haven't been thoughtfully practiced yet.

I'm always looking for ways to organize my thoughts onto paper and make sense of a realistic plan to help me feel well-balanced when it comes to practicing.

See how I'm organizing my summer practice below and download your own planner!


SUMMER WORKOUT PRACTICE PLANNER

Click the button below to download a free PDF to print and use!


TIPS For Using Your Planner

  • The first page contains spaces for fundamentals and ultimately creates 3 different practice scenarios.
  • In the DAILY boxes, write the bare-minimum that you'll commit to each day - the tasks that you're motivated to do daily and help you feel "in shape."
  • The combination of Warm-Up, Tone, and Technique DAILY tasks may equal 20-30 minutes, and should be your basic practice session on the busiest days!
  • The A & B boxes should be the additional materials you'll do in addition to the daily tasks. You can either rotate daily, weekly, or separate your tasks into the first half of your summer and the second half to focus on only a few at a time.
  • The second page contains repertoire, excerpts, etudes, and miscellaneous tasks, and can be divided into two sets. 
  • (For myself, I'm dividing my repertoire into the first 4 weeks, and the second 4 weeks, for example, working on one piece at a time, doing a little bit each day.)

Here's My Own Example:


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Happy Practicing!

- Jolene


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Top Technique Tips for Flute [+ VIDEO]

As a part of my May Technique Workout, this video will break down my top technique tips for faster fingers, better sound, and easier double and triple tonguing!

Here are my Top Technique Tips:

1. Hand Position (0:30)

Should include ease beginning in the entire body and the entire arm. The hands and fingers can move freely as a result. 

2. Keep Fingers Close to the Keys (2:30)

Precision and speed are diminished when fingers need to travel a long distance to close the keys. In addition, the fingers require more effort to move. Fingers must move at exactly the same moment with exacting precision. Keeping them close to the keys allows them to be light and precise.

3. Airstream (3:00)

An airstream that encourages smoother fast playing is one that can remain constant and adequate. In a long run of notes that spans several octaves, play the highest note and the lowest note. Find an airstream that can accommodate both to use throughout: The high register needs a faster airstream, but the low register can accommodate this faster speed when the mouth and embouchure are positioned low and with openness. 

4. Singing & Playing or Flutter Tonguing (4:45)

To encourage the adequate airstream throughout your technique exercises, try singing and playing or adding a flutter tongue. This is especially useful when practicing double and triple tonguing, as the airstream typically wants to slow down when we begin tonguing. Transition from singing and playing into double tonguing and feel the speed of air traveling through the mouth. 

5. Flute Balance (5:35)

Utilize the repetitions in Taffanel & Gaubert Exercise No. 1 to determine if your flute balance becomes unstable during fingering exchanges that alternate between hands. Middle C to D is a good example of an exchange that may cause the flute to rock forward and back. Find a comfortable, balanced hand position that prevents rocking while still encouraging ease in the hands.

6. Use Good Habits in Slow Practice (8:19)

Put all your best habits into slow practice. When breaking down a difficult technical spot, think of it as a tone exercise. Use your best airstream, resonance, tone color, expression, and effortlessness in the body and fingers. Repeat several times with a heightened level of performance at a very slow tempo to ensure you're not ingraining mistakes through faster, but lower quality repetitions. 

May Technique Workout Plan Exercise Demonstrations (9:15)



MAY TECHNIQUE WORKOUT


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