Hello Fabulous Flute Friends!
I don't know about you, but I have been on the STRUGGLE bus lately! It's taken me a solid three weeks since the school year began to find a workable routine for practicing, working, exercising, and all the rest of the things.
Have you had a tough transition as well?
Last night (Monday night), I finally got fed up. I decided that instead of binge watching YouTube and Netflix that I was going to BED with a BOOK and that I was going to get up EARLY. I also blocked my schedule out for the rest of the week with all the things I needed to do.
So far, I'm doing really well--I hope I can keep it up during this busy week! If you want to find out my method for blocking my time, you can ready my previous blog: How to Whip Your Busy Life Into Shape
In other news, I had a pretty exciting week last week starting my studio re-model, playing (and dancing with my daughter...) at the EcoArts Fair down at Cooper's Landing with Howard & Smyth, and I bought an adorable Ocarina that was hand-painted in Peru!
Somehow, I have to find quality time to practice the flute, because I have another Howard & Smyth gig coming up on Friday where we need to have 3 hours of music ready for a dinner party. Three hours may seem like a long time, but we're having no trouble filling it with all sorts of showtunes, pop covers, classical pieces, tangos and so much more. My binder is jam-packed!
Also on my radar my very first solo concerto performance in February where I'll play the Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto with my chamber orchestra, The Southside Philharmonic here in Jefferson City.
Talk about terrified!!
I'm so excited to be have the opportunity, but wow! I have some major prep work to do. My goal right now is to memorize the second movement (with ornamentations) by the end of September. Wish me luck!
You'll also notice a couple of other things on my stand-- my Moyse De la Sonorite for long tones, and a Handel sonata collection that I'm looking at for a student. I can't forget my scales and articulation studies as well-- whew!
How was your week last week? Are you preparing for any upcoming performances? I'd love to hear about all of it, so leave me a comment below!
Until next time...
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