For today's practice recipe, try going back to basics. Pretend like you are a beginner flutist! Focus on slow tempos, easy practice games and a sense of adventure as you discover how to make pretty sounds on that silver tube.
W = Find a warm-up in an old beginner book or print a beautiful melody from flutetunes.com. I'll never forget my very first 7th grade band flute solo in "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from the Lion King. Simple, nostalgic warm-ups can sometimes be the best!
A = Remember, A is for anything you really, really want or really, really need to do! Search inside yourself. Is there a piece you've always wanted to start? Learn the first few lines today. Is there a flute skill you've known for a while you need to acquire or improve? Be brave and take that first baby step.
T = Today, let yourself be free of fast tempos and the pressure to be perfect. Play all twelve major scales slowly, with your most beautiful tone. Enjoying yourself? Throw in some arpeggios!
E = Work on your favorite orchestral excerpt or favorite etude from the past. Can't think of one? Try this! (Use pic below or click HERE).
R = Pick one piece you will be performing this year and practice it today like you have never seen it before. Play technical passages slowly and enjoy lyrical passages with a sense of discovery. Give yourself time to be in the moment and connect with the piece in brand new ways!