Hello again! Here's Drouet No. 13, in A Major. This was actually recorded several days ago and I'm just now getting around to posting about it, so if I'm being honest I don't actually remember too much about it! I've been experimenting with where I'm placing my flute on my lip, and I think it's resulting in more even sound throughout the range of the instrument. I feel like I'm not getting as many cracked notes, so that's a nice bonus!

The beginning of 2021 has been pretty rocky, but here's hoping I'll start to get in a good practicing groove - see you again soon!

Happy almost-New Year! This definitely is not one of my better etude recordings, but there's no way I was going to leave just one etude left going into 2021! I don't think it's entirely fair to finish an etude book in E-flat minor, but I got through it as well as I could after only one practice session on this one. There are a few mistakes and it's not quite presto but for now, finished is better than perfect.

Final reflections on Andersen 26 Small Caprices, Op 37:

Date started: June 14, 2020

Date completed: December 31, 2020

Favorite etude: No. 5 (the one that sounds like the Electric Light Parade!)

Most challenging etude: No. 25 (this book totally got harder as it went along)

202o has been a heck of a year for everyone, but one good thing that's come out of having more time at home has been this project. I hope to continue working my way through the stack of etude books, hopefully at a quicker pace than the last few months!

I'm not a big maker of New Year's Resolutions, but I do have a few goals in mind for 2021:

- Play my scales every day. If those few minutes are all the practicing I do, fine, but I at least want to take the flute out for that one thing.

- Play some orchestral excerpts a little more regularly.

- Keep playing etudes!

- Knit more socks :)

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year!

Hello! Here's Drouet No. 12, which I actually recorded yesterday but forgot to upload. This one has a couple mistakes which I probably could have cleaned up with a bit more practice, but I want to keep moving to get caught up. Perhaps someday I'll get the tricky bits under my fingers and then go for lightning speed with this etude!

See you again later today for one last 2020 etude!


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