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Holy Grail Packet [+ Free Download]

I'm relatively organized when it comes to keeping my sheet music collection in order. I have everything separated by type into labeled magazine boxes and keep them in alphabetical order. 

That's not to say that half my bookshelf doesn't end up in scattered piles each and every week.

But at least everything has a place!

HolyGrailPacket

Some of my most-used, most-cherished items, however, live in their own, disorganized pile.

These are:

  • Handouts and exercises given to me by teachers during lessons, workshops, or master classes.
  • Exercises that have been generously shared online by their authors, such as those by the Self-Inspired Flutist.
  • My own hand-written notes on exercises that have been passed along through word-of-mouth by various teachers.

They are so special and so loved because of the memories and associations attached to them.

For this reason, I decided to compile them all into one, protected packet.

I can easily have them with me in my bag or on my stand with no worries of losing one of the sheets or wrinkling the pages.

What's in my Holy Grail Packet?


Get Started!

Do you have a collection of treasured handouts? Are there exercises that live in your head that you'd like to have on paper?

1. GATHER

Compile your handouts, write or type out notes, and transcribe exercises that aren't yet on paper. You may wish to scan and re-print handouts onto a new sheet of paper.

2. LIST

Write or type them out in order on the Contents sheet. You can even number the pages or add tabs to make it easier to find what you're looking for.

3. bind

Use a standard binder with a three-hole punch or page protectors, or have your packet spiral bound with a protective cover and backing.

4. SHARE & enjoy!

Share on Instagram using #PracticeRoomRevelations and tag @joleneflute!

My Go-To Warm-Up Routine

Have you ever gone grocery shopping and stocked up on really good breakfast food that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

I've always wanted to find a warm-up routine that does the same thing for me. I consider myself to be a morning person mentally, but physically, my body feels closed off and lacks full flute-playing mobility until I've been awake for a few hours. As a result, diving in with notes right away often feels uncomfortable and frustrating.

However, there are times when I need to be ready to play very early in the day, so the remedy is a 5-minute cardio warm-up that stretches the body and creates mobility for breathing to happen more easily!

Here's my favorite warm-up from Blogilates!

Cardio Warm-Up

Blogilates Quick Cardio Warm Up (5 Minutes)

After completing a whole-body warm-up, I can MOVE and therefore, I can BREATHE! After just five minutes, I'm ready to have a better time playing my first notes of the day.


This warm-up makes me excited to warm up in a way that I've never experienced with any other! I've done this warm-up almost daily for the past two or three months, and I'm already excited to warm-up again tomorrow. 

 

Why Is It So Good?

  • Dr. Sánchez has achieved a fun, satisfying 15-minute warm-up with lots of useful tips and reminders for good physical habits sprinkled in.

  • It's written in such a way that it feels good to play, and it's easy to focus and complete the entire thing without getting frustrated or distracted. 

  • There are plenty of harmonics and singing and playing which I can't warm-up without!

  • It is well-rounded and hits on all registers, articulations, dynamics, vibrato, and more.

 

I've enthusiastically ordered her new book The Aspiring Flutist's Practice Companion, and frequently utilize her other resources and enlightening blog posts!

Click below to visit The Self-Inspired Flutist's website and access a free download of the Epic Flute Warm-Up!


In Conclusion

These two resources simplify the process of warming up the body to breathe well and play well. I can easily and consistently follow along to completion, and when I do, I feel totally prepared to continue on with my practice session or feel ready to perform!

 

Do you have a holy grail warm-up routine?

Share in the comments below or tag me @joleneflute / #practiceroomrevelations on Instagram to share!