Friday, June 28, 2013

c. 38 Days to Mastery


Throughout his 2008 book, The Outliers, Malcom Gladwell repeatedly mentions the "10,000-Hour Rule", claiming that the key to success is basically to practice a specific task for about 10,000 hours. But here’s an approach that will foster great improvement in tone and embouchure flexibility in just over a month!

How many different notes can you play on the flute? The answer varies slightly depending on your specific playing range and whether on not you have a low B  key. Three octaves of flute notes from low C to high C creates a total of 37 notes. If you can play a low B and/or extended high range notes above high C your total number of notes will be higher. If you are a beginner or intermediate student your total number of notes will be lower.

“Attack and Slurring of Notes” from Moyse’s De la Sonorite

Use as a model the section from Moyse’s De la Sonorite named “Attack and Slurring of Notes.” 

Begin the exercise on a different note each day, practicing the expanding intervals in each direction to every other note you can play on your flute. 

If you master the tone and smooth transitions in one expanding interval exercise each day, in just over a month you will have perfected every possible interval on your flute!

Of course, there is no such thing as “perfect” tone, but I challenge you to see how much your tone and flexibility will improve!

Non-flutists, this study will also improve your playing!  Give it a try!


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