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Practice Routine

Posted on: September 16, 2008

Courtesy of Ann Yasinitsky, Clinical Assistant Professor of Music, Washington State University

Try to practice several different aspects of flute technique every day. Your daily practice regime should include long tones in the high, medium and low registers. The purpose of long tones is [to] work for purity and beauty of tone while playing long notes. Be self-critical, always striving for a better sound. A good long tone exercise book is De la Sonorite by Marcel Moyse (published by Leduc).

Secondly, one should always practice scales and arpeggios — tongued and slurred. Start by learning all major and minor scales; practice playing them two octaves each. You should write out all these scales yourself.

Next, you need to work on etudes. Choose etudes which are challenging, but not so difficult as to be unplayable. Solos are the last essential part of a good routine. As with etudes, pick solos which appeal to you and are challenging, but not beyond your level.

from “A Little Bit About Flute Playing”


3 Responses to "Practice Routine"

Hello, thanks for the blog. A question for you; after one has practice all the majors and minor scales and wish to specialize in jazz flute, what aother scales I need to practice and whta order?

Sorry it’s taken me a while to reply! Jazz uses a lot of modes, which are derived from major scales. Also, practicing harmonic minors, diminished scales, and whole tone scales can help. But if you already know majors and minors, what I would do is 1) start working on scale patterns (scales in 3rds, 4ths), and 2) arpeggios. To be able to arpeggiate not just major triads and dominant 7th (which is what we commonly learn in classical training), but also major 7 chords, 9ths, and beyond is helpful also. Another fun and useful thing is to work on ii-V-I patterns. Here’s a book that can help walk you through some of these things: http://www.amazon.com/Patterns-Jazz-Treble-Jerry-Coker/dp/0898987032. Thanks for visiting my blog!

thanks for your help

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