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2014-15 Texas Flute All-State Music Announced

Check the TMEA website for official listings, errata, and performance guide.

 

Book: Flute Etudes Book by Mary Karen Clardy, published by Misc Corp. or Schott

 

Selection 1

Pages: 2-3

Key: C Major

Etude Title: Courante

Tempo: Quarter Note = 100-132

Play from Beginning to End (no repeats)

 

Errata:

M. 44 – the 6th note should be a high F (not a G)

Change the articulation of m. 35 to match the articulation of m. 37 and 39 (the second beat should be slurred in groups of 2)

All slurs indicate with dashed lines (e.g. m. 4) should be slurred as usual.

 

Piccolo: Play low Cs one octave higher (8va) than printed. (m. 8 & m. 72)

 

Selection 2

Page: 58

Key: Bb Minor

Etude Title: Op. 107/28

Tempo: Dotted eighth note 50-72

Play from Beginning to End

 

Errata:

Clarifications: All slurs that end with a staccato note under a slur should be slurred into and released as a short note.

Play the last notes of all slurs this way, with or without the staccato release.

 

m. 2 – 14th note should be B-flat

m. 2 – last note should be a sixteenth note

m. 4 – 11th note is A-flat (the accidental does not carry across the octave)

m. 6 – 21st note should be G-flat

m. 8 – 17th note should be C-natural

m. 12 – The third slur of this measure should begin one note earlier (on high E-flat) and continue to A-flat as written

m. 16 – The last note is B-flat

m. 16 – Add a sixteenth rest after the last note

 

Piccolo: play as written

 

 

Selection 3

Page: 36

Key: C# Minor

Etude Title: Op. 107/23

Tempo: Quarter note 38-46

Play from beginning to end

 

Errata:

m. 9 – omit the dots from the eighth notes in beats 2 and 3. (The resulting rhythm will be an eighth note and four 32nd notes, NOT a dotted eighth not and four 64ths)

m. 11 – the second to last note should be  C-sharp

 

Piccolo:

m. 3 and m. 12 – play the low C#s one octave higher (8va)

m. 15 – play the last 4 notes (G, F#, D, C#) one octave higher (8va)

m. 16 – play the 1st note (B#) one octave higher (8va)

m. 23, beat 3 – play the 1st 3 (D#, E, C#) notes one octave higher (8va)

m. 25 – play the last 12 notes (starting on the B-natural on the 2nd half of beat 2) one octave higher (8va)

m. 26 – play the C# one octave higher (8va)

2013 Texas Flute All-State Audition Music YouTube Videos

Thanks again to Ms. Rachel Lopez, amazing flutist and teacher for sharing her recordings of this year’s Texas Flute All-State music on YouTube. She is amazing! Check them out. Best of luck preparing for auditions!

Etude 1 in G Major, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Op. 107/12

Etude 2 in G Minor, Theobold Boehm, Op. 26/6

Etude 3 in Gb Major, Joachim Andersen, Op. 21/13

Upcoming High School All-Region Masterclasses

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4 Tips for Building Speed on the E minor “Elegie-Etude” by Donjon

The All-Region audition is getting closer. Here are some tips I’ve shown my students to help them build their speed on the “fast etude” for this year’s Texas All-State Auditions. I hope they help!

1. Chunk by Chunk

  • Practice small chunks at a time, say two or three lines. Gradually increase your speed.
  • Start with a comfortable metronome tempo. When you can play the entire section easily without flaws at this tempo, bump the metronome up one click (generally 3-4 beats per minute depending on your metronome). Repeat, gradually increasing your tempo over the next few weeks until you reach your goal tempo.
  • Try piecing the chunks together a few at a time near the end of each week.

2. Use Alternate Fingerings

  • For measures 26-33, use the alternate F# fingering for all F#s in this section.

  • For measures 18, 19 and 20, you can leave your third finger on the right hand down as you play the first two groups of 32nd notes of each measure. Look for other measure that might work like that for you!

3. Daily Repetitions

  • Building speed takes time. The more daily repetitions, the better. It will probably take you many weeks to reach reach goal tempo. So start today – don’t wait!

Procrastination + Fast, Unsure Fingers = Fall Apart at the Audition.

4. Three Points of Balance

  • Check your balance points as you play. Are you putting too much pressure on the right hand? Or too much on the left? In order to play fast and fluid, you need to have equal pressure and balance between each hand.

  • Exercise: Try holding your flute with only the three balance points. At first, the flute may roll backwards on you. That means your not putting enough pressure on one of these three points. Practice over a bed or couch (for your flute’s safety!). When you can keep the flute from rolling backwards using only these three points, you’ve got your flute balanced!

Good luck building your speed, and good luck at the audition!

2012 Region XXV Middle School All-Region Videos on YouTube

Here are links to Region XXV Middle School All-Region Etudes on YouTube that I found. These performers are awesome, so I hope you enjoy!

Etude 1, G Minor:

Performed by Lish Lindsey

Etude 2, C Minor:

Performed by OzFluteTunes (You’ll have to watch through YouTube to see this one!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGPpWaMOzGs

High School All-Region Etudes on YouTube

I found these awesome videos of the 2012 Flute Etudes, recorded by Rachel Lopez of Austin. She is amazing! Hope these help!

Etude 1, E Minor:

Etude 2, Eb Major:

Etude 3, B Major:

Thanks, Ms. Lopez for recording these!

7 Tips to Surviving the All-Region Audition

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The feeling of crickets hopping around in the pit of your stomach. Secretly wanting to throw your flute out. Wishing you’d miss the bus to the audition so you don’t have to play for the judges.

Sounds like the All-Region auditions are closing in on you.

Everyone goes through those nervous moments. The key to surviving and conquering them: preparation. Check out these seven tips to crush those annoying crickets. And maybe in the process, you might end up with a chair in the coveted All-Region Band.

  1. Practice Today: Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not when you win the lottery (wouldn’t that be awesome?). It’s always today. Procrastination never works.
  2. Routine Works: Set a practice schedule and stick to it. If possible, practice during the same time of day. Find a quiet room, free of distractions like Facebook, texting and TV. Use the Musician’s Practice Journal app for iPad and iPhone to help you log your time and activities. And don’t forget to use a metronome.
  3. Technique, Technique, Technique: Play your scales and arpeggios everyday. This will give you confidence and enhance your technique. The etudes are made up of tons of scales and arpeggios.
  4. Tackle the Tough Stuff: Mark the hardest measures, then practice them everyday, at least 5-10 times each. If there’s a crazy hard run, do the same thing. You can even break your etudes into manageable chunks to practice more efficiently. Check out Three Secrets to Efficient Practicing for more tips.
  5. Relax: Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. Don’t demand perfection – allow yourself the freedom to make mistakes and keep going. If you start dwelling on the bad stuff during the audition, you’ll wind up making more mistakes.
  6. Give Yourself Time: Get a good night of rest. On the audition day, eat a healthy breakfast. Drink water plenty of water. Dress comfortably. And get there early to have ample warm-up time.
  7. Enjoy the Music: Find the beauty in the notes. Try to express the music on the page. Isn’t that what makes the flute so amazing?

“Failing to prepare is like preparing to fail.” ~ Sir James Galway

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