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18 Resources for Studying Flute Excerpts

Are you preparing flute excerpts? If so, perhaps you've scoured the internet for resources to find as much information as possible to assist your preparation.

That's exactly what I've done over the past several months! In my search, I've stumbled upon many different videos, articles, and resources that are specifically geared towards flute excerpts.

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Here are just a few of my favorites!

Do you have any to add to this list? Share them in the comments below!


FOR PRACTICING YOUR PART IN CONTEXT

If you haven't performed your excerpts in a full orchestra before, simulate the context with a pianist or round up friends to play the other parts.

Here are some resources to help you practice in context:

 

 

  • Acapella App

    • Record each part and play along with yourself or a friend by reading off the score or using arrangements.

 

 

 

  • OrchestraExcerpts.com

    • In addition to simply playing along with many different recordings, some excerpts on this site feature quality orchestral recordings with the ability to alter the tempo.

Online Video Resources

A small sampling of the many free and paid online video resources!

 

 

  • PRINCIPAL CHAIRS [Paid Subscription]

    • My most-visited site for full-length video lessons on a wide variety of excerpts by Michael Cox, Aldo Baerten, Lorna McGhee, Jim Walker, Denis Lupachev, Paul Edmund-Davies, and more!

 

 

  • MUSIAC (New World Symphony) [FREE]

    • Free video lessons on Bach, Beethoven, Rossini, Debussy, Ravel, Mendelssohn and Dvořák with Mark Sparks, Bonita Boyd, Kelly Zimba, & Joshua Smith

 

 

 


Must-Haves for your Library

If you're just beginning your journey with excerpts, these are the most-loved books to add to your library!

 

  • Orchestral Excerpts for Flute [Book]

    • The must-have book of excerpts! Selected and annotated by Jeanne Baxtresser, Principal Flute, New York Philharmonic, Piano Reductions by Martha Rearick

 

 

 

  • Orchestral Excerpts for Piccolo [BOOK]

    • "This book is a collection of excerpts compliled during Jack Wellbaum's many years with the Cincinnati Symphony. The selection of contents is based on those excerpts most frequently asked for in auditions."

 

 


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May Inspiration Calendar

This Month's Themes!

There are two main themes present in this month's calendar!

  • Improving Technique
  • Audition Preparation: Deep and Effective Practice + Mental Strength and Focus

Over the past few weeks, I have been digging in to as many resources as possible while preparing for a professional audition. There are so many layers to a thorough preparation when it comes to auditions, but deep practice and mental strength for consistent, uninhibited performances have been my main focus. I have included several resources that I find useful, in addition to practice intentions and activities that led me to several breakthroughs!

In addition, I have received many requests for technique tips and a technique calendar! I have put a lot of thought into the subject, and will be sharing a Technique Workout Tracker, Technique Prompt Sheet, and a video full of tips and exercises demonstrations that will be available during the first week of May!


Tips for Using Your Calendar

  • While this is not a practice calendar, there are several actions that are to be implemented directly into your practice session, such as the Practice Intention ideas.
  • 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 sources of inspiration or goals.
  • 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! 

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 goals?
  • Are my behaviors reflective of what I wish to accomplish in the short and long-term?
  • 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!


#practiceroomrevelations

I am SO EXCITED to see your calendars and the ways you're staying inspired throughout the month! Use the hashtag #practiceroomrevelations and tag @joleneflute to share!

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.


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