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Hello, friends!


This time last year (are we tired of that phrase yet??) I was on my honeymoon in Paris. What does this recording have to do with that, you ask? Not only is this piece one of my very favorite melodies of all time, but it was part of my wedding music!


The next few weeks are bringing a few weird anniversaries - covid! Lockdown! Zoom lessons! So I wanted to share something that makes me really happy.


I'm also happy to share that this arrangement is available now - please enjoy!





Hello again! 2021 has not been a great year so far for keeping up with etudes or this blog, but I'm determined to get back on track!


Drouet No. 15 was really fun and gave me a really good opportunity to concentrate on my accuracy. I've been adjusting my embouchure slightly over the last couple months, and I'm finding that even though it still takes a lot of thought, I'm able to play big intervals more precisely. I'm also noticing that I can play shorter, crisper articulations with fewer cracks, so I'm glad to be able to demonstrate that in this etude.


And now, some sight-reading:



I'll admit that I didn't practice Drouet No. 16, I just turned on the camera and went for it! I find it really valuable to record myself sight-reading every now and then. It tells me a lot:

- weird posture habits that creep in when my concentration is elsewhere

- problems with my internal metronome

- errors to watch for once I start actually practicing the piece


In this case, I noticed that my biggest problems occurred at phrase endings. There was some rushing, and definitely some final notes that were clipped. And then there was the questionable intonation - C-sharp minor is not the friendliest key!


I'll be trying to incorporate these discoveries into my practice. I want to finish this book soon, so hopefully I'll be back ASAP!


Hello again! Apologies for the long delay since my last post, but things have been busy around here getting ready for this evening's studio (zoom!) recital! No time to chat, but hopefully I'll be back again very soon!


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Elizabeth Jolly

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