daily exercises

March Technique Challenge: Reichert

Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of Copy of D-I-YHOLY GRAIL.jpg
 

In honor of a new month and the arrival of Spring, here's a new Technique Challenge to dive deeper into Reichert's Seven Daily Exercises, Op. 5!

 

first things first...

Reichert's exercises are available as a print version through most flute sheet music retailers.

They are also available as a free, downloadable PDF through IMSLP:


OVERVIEW

  • As with previous technique challenges, I've provided a practice guide filled with suggestions for practicing each of these exercises. They include varied articulations, styles, tips, and questions for self-observation.

 

  • If you are new to these exercises, no need to rush and risk learning mistakes. Consider this a chance to ingrain ease and your best sound at a comfortable tempo.

 

  • Always make use of a metronome and record your markings. Should you choose to utilize the Practice Tracker below, you may find it useful to record your metronome markings there.

 

GOALS + INTENTIONS

  • Set an intention or goal for your work with these exercises. (Remember that intentions are overall ideas that can be brought into every practice session. Goals are more specific and measurable. Both are important!)

Here are some examples:

  • Intentions:

    • Ingrain Ease

    • Observe Physical Movements

    • Always Think Musically

    • Allow Natural Breath

  • Goals:

    • Apply Compound Triple Tonguing to Number One

    • Complete Number Two in One Breath at Quarter Note Equals 60

    • Memorize Number 4

    • Practice Each on Piccolo with Drone

 

Practice Videos

  • I will be sharing my own practice videos on Instagram and Facebook! Please feel free to join in, and be sure to tag me (@joleneflute)!

 

SCHEDULE

  • Since there are 7 exercises, I will be posting one per day beginning on Friday, March 2nd.

  • Once I post practice videos of the first seven exercises, I'll continue to practice one Reichert per day in order for the rest of the month! You're encouraged to post as many or as few videos as you'd like!

  • P.S. For week two, I'll be doing these on piccolo!

 

Happy Practicing!




Watch Demonstrations of Each Exercise on YouTube!



You May Also Like...

Fundamentals Workout Plan [Free Download]

One of the things I love most is organizing information into one location and adding color. Another thing I love is having a well-thought out plan for fundamentals!

When I was an undergrad, I would create a workout sheet listing all the fundamental exercises I wanted to work on daily to feel the most well-rounded leading up to an important event. It would include my favorite staple exercises (such as long tones and scales), in addition to some newer ones I'd picked up from master classes, colleagues, or new books.

I would name it the Fill-in-the-Blank-Audition/Competition/Etc. Workout, and seeing it every day really motivated me to have a highly focused and thorough practice session dedicated to improving a range of specific skills. (And for some reason, calling it a workout made it even more enticing!)

See my example below, in addition to a blank template! A free PDF is available for download for both.


TIPS

  • I highly recommend including your goal at the top, naming your fundamentals workout after the school or festival you want to attend, the job you want, or the recital you have coming up. The reminder that working on these skills is directly related to achieving your goal is powerfully motivating! 
  • Be sure to be specific about which exercises or page numbers you'd like to focus on most, in addition to metronome markings. The idea is to include a realistic plan that is thorough but not too overwhelming to put into action.
  • Many of the items listed in the example are there to give you some ideas! Only include the things you feel are the most important to your growth.
  • I've listed Vibrato under the Tone Color category to break up the general Tone category. You can include any exercises that relate to special coloring you'd use in the context of a piece here.


#PracticeRoomRevelations

I LOVE seeing all your inspiration and goal-getting! Share your photos on Instagram using #practiceroomrevelations and tag @joleneflute!