Practice Plan Week 1

Six weeks till the Amherst workshop!  Less than eight till IBIL! Here is a weekly plan to get in shape! 

Disclaimer: please note that at Amherst, I will be teaching the Central Program and not giving a masterclass (Sandy Miller will be teaching the masterclass), so these are not official guidelines, just my suggestions.... At IBIL I will be teaching a masterclass, but you don't have to choose from the repertory on this blog, again, these are just suggestions!

Week 1: Key of D Major

Warmup: Long notes in D Major, 2 octaves, looking for the most resonant and beautiful tone for each note.

Tuning: Major triads along the D Major scale, with your tuner providing a drone on the tonic of each chord. My favorite all-purpose temperament is currently 1/6 comma meantone. Valotti also work, and equalt temperament if you don't have other options.

Etude: Frederick the Great, 100 Daily Exercises: No. 28, 34. This book is available in many libraries, or you can order from Flute world (search the title) or Amazon, search under "das flötenbuch". Von Huene carries it sometimes too.

Music: Telemann Fantasia in D Major

Benda sonata in D Major from this collection:,_Franz)

Note about the music choice: the theme for Amherst is German music. For IBIL, Bohemian music. The suggested repertory will be chosen mostly from these repertories, but not exclusively.