June 5, 2020. Webb & Wessel Flute, John Webb head.
Who knew 2 little arpeggios could be so fiendish? No matter now: I've finished the cycle! Bring on the next book of etudes. The Etude of the Week FB group is made up of flutists from all over the world who enjoy playing etudes. We vote on which volumes to play, then post weekly videos of them. It's a lot of fun and has kept my spirits (and my chops) up during the Covid 19 pandemic.
May 31, 2020. Brannen Flute, Lafin Head. Etudes #6-8 were recorded with a matched pair of Rode NT-5 mics and a Universal Audio Arrow, Thunderbolt 3, audio interface. I'm still working with the settings, but am very happy that this set up provides such accurate sound. Etudes 1-6 are by Johannes Donjon. 7 and 8 are by his brother: François Donjon.
May 24, 2020. Webb & Wessel flute, Albert Cooper head. My first recording on new audio equipment. This was such a difficult etude. I almost didn't get it done on time. My hands were a little tired, because, in setting and testing the mics that day, I did a lot more playing than I normally do. Graininess on the video is because I was losing the natural light, but I was determined to get it done.
May 17, 2020. Brannen Flute, Lafin head. #1-5 were recorded with an Audio Technica AT 2020 USB mic. This is an excellent mic, and a good value, but I found that I had to play TO it a bit, in order to not overpower it in my small house. I decided to upgrade in order to be able play more like I normally do in a concert setting.
May 10, 2020. Webb & Wessel flute, John Webb head. All of these etudes were challenging. Switching back to an instrument that I hadn't played for almost 10 years made them even more so. I'm glad I did it, though. By the end of the cycle, I was starting to feel at home on my wonderful old flute again.
May 1, 2020. Webb & Wessel flute, C foot, John Webb head. This was the first recording with my old flute. I loved the ringing sound immediately, but since it hadn't been played for so long, I had to replace all the felts and corks to get it up and running. Then, I had to learn the feel of it again.
April 25, 2020. Brannen Flute, Lafin head. I found this one to be the least difficult of the bunch, although none were what I would describe as easy.
April 25, 2020. Brannen flute, Lafin head. I've owned these etudes for years, but had never played past the first page of #1. I had to postpone recording this one due to noise in the neighborhood on the days I had set aside to record: chain saws, lawn mowers, and backyard family parties. I ended up recording 1 and 2 on the same day in the second week. We can't post early in EOTW, but we CAN post late.