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Hello again! It's been quite some time since my last blog post, but I've had another project that's kept me busy with video editing and website updating over the holiday season. Now that we're in that lovely post-Christmas week of vacation, I want to use some of my time (when I'm not eating cookies and doing all the crafts) to catch up on etudes!


I'm five weeks behind in the Etude of the Week Facebook group, but instead of spamming that group with posts I'd like to catch up here on the blog this week. Here's No. 11, but stay tuned for a post (hopefully) each day - if I can keep that up I'll be back up to date by this Sunday. At that point I should be in good shape to start 2021 off on the right foot!


See you again very soon!



Hello, blog! I can't believe it's been a month since my last post - I have no great excuse. I've had a lot going on, but I've done a pretty bad job at making time to record etudes. So, today I'm catching up with my last three videos for Etude of the Week - Drouet 25 Studies, Numbers 8-10.


I'm still really enjoying the etudes in this book. They're challenging but not overwhelming, and they sound pretty and are fun to play. These recordings aren't perfect, but I wanted to make sure I'm not getting too far behind.


I'll see you again very soon with No. 11, and maybe even the long-awaited last etude in Andersen Op. 37??


Stay tuned!



Here's Andersen Op. 37, No. 25, or The Etude That Almost Didn't Happen.


This particular etude is tough! At first glance, it just looks like a whole bunch of arpeggios that stay in a pretty comfortable range of the flute. But then when you look at the key signature and see that it's in G-flat major, it becomes a whole new ball game. While I typically like arpeggios, the way these flow is just not intuitive for me and I had a really hard time getting this one in my fingers.


I finally decided that enough was enough and I didn't want to get stuck here and abandon this whole etude project, so I gave myself one shot to record and accept whatever happened. Hey, kinda like a live performance, right? Sometimes stuff goes wrong in a performance and The Show Must Go On! This time, I had a hair in my mouth for about two-thirds of this etude, but I really just wanted to get through it.


This is about the furthest thing from perfect that I could be putting out there, but I think its a good demonstration of the fact that performances sometimes just don't go well. But you know what? Nothing caught on fire, none of my limbs fell off, I'm still alive - if the worst thing that can happen is a wrong note, you'll survive!

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