I’ve been updating the site by rearranging some features and making it easier to download my Intonation Practice Book. Unrelated work has included totally reworking my Dad’s website (www.beanhustler.com, for all your seed transfer needs), getting the new season of the Tampa Bay Flute Choir underway, Now maybe I can move on to writing the second one!! Not to mention practicing a little and providing my readers with new posts.
Thanks to Lynda.com for all the technical support, I really appreciate the service, and recommend it to everyone who needs to learn anything computer-related.
Hope everyone is doing well flute-wise. I should be also soon. Back to the grindstone!
Just a quick update: my practice book is now formatted for eReaders and can be purchased through the Kindle store at Amazon.com. The content is the same as the PDF version I launched earlier, but formatted specifically for Kindle eReaders. Soon it will also be available through several other outlets such as the iBooks store, I’ll post that information as it happens. The book is still available in PDF form through this site, just go to the Buy the Book page for ordering instructions.
It has been a week since the launch of my first practice book, Improving Intonation Skills Book I: How to Practice With an Electronic Tuner and it is going great! I want to thank everyone who has bought the book. I can’t wait to hear how it is working out for different people. Thank you also to everyone who has checked out the website and the Buy the Book page. There will be more fun and interesting things coming soon in a new section of PracticingFlutist called the Intonation Store. It will feature all things intonation-related. So until then, keep practicing!
Improving Intonation Skills Book 1: How to Practice with an Electronic Tuner is ready to go! I delayed launching because the delivery program I was trying to use wasn’t working the way I wanted it to, I can’t tell you how much time I have spent trying to figure out why files aren’t linking or naming or copying the way they are supposed to. I keep thinking that I am just one more try away from having it all perfect, but it isn’t happening. It’s very much like untangling a difficult passage, only harder. Much, much harder.
So I decided to go ahead with a manual delivery system. When you buy the book, I get notification and within 24 hours I will send the book in a PDF file to you via email. Tried to have a program do it automatically, but I’m not skilled enough with the programming issues yet. Besides, this way I can write a thank you note to those who buy the book! A personal touch is better, especially when a venture is just starting out. Those first contacts will help shape what it is to come.
Go to the blog page under the Buy the Book heading above for more information on how to get the book for yourself.
Book 2 will follow in a couple of months. It’s focus will be on improving your ear and becoming independent of the tuner’s meter. The two books together should have the fundamentals of Intonation Practice covered. I’ve tested all the exercises and know they are effective. I hope they will be helpful to everyone who uses them!
Now back to practicing for this week’s Christmas concerts, then on to the next project!
Well, the book is ready, but I’m experiencing some delays getting the payment and delivery process perfected, so unless I figure it out tonight, it may be a few more days before it is ready. In the meantime, here is another preview of what you will find in the book.
DON’T STRETCH THE OCTAVES
WHAT: Keep the tonic notes of a scale in tune with each other in while playing ascending and descending scales.
WHY: When playing ascending or descending scales, it is common for octaves to be either stretched or compressed. When this happens, the tonic notes are out of tune with each other in the different octaves. If this happens, then everything else is probably out of tune as well. It is important that all A’s be in tune with each other, all B’s, etc. You have to get in tune with yourself before you can hope to be in tune with anyone else.
:)) Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? The concepts are very simple, but they are not necessarily easy. This is just the introductory info, to find out what the HOW of the exercise is, you’ll have to get the book!
Hey everyone! I think I may actually make my Dec. 1 first launch date! The book itself is in good shape, now I just have to get all the other little details ironed out so it can go out in the e-marketplace. I’ve put the Table of Contents below so you can check it out and see what you think. This first book is focused on how to use a tuner, Book 2 will be about how to practice without a tuner so you can better develop your ear. Neither book will be flute-centric, all the exercises will work for any instrument, so feel free to refer your intonation-challenged friends from the brass and string sections. Hope you like it!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents
How to Use this Book
Lesson 1: Chart Your Pitch Tendencies
Lesson 2: Steady Long Tones
Lesson 3: Changing Dynamics
Lesson 4: Don’t Stretch the Octaves
Lesson 5: Keep Your Arpeggios in Shape
Lesson 6: Return to Where You Came From
Lesson 7: Keep Your Tonics in Tune
Lesson 8: Pitch Bends; How Low (or High) Can You Go?
Some Additional Words
About the Author
I’ve noticed that many people come to this blog because of the intonation exercises that I have sporadically posted. Everyone wants to play with good intonation, but it can be a difficult skill to master. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about intonation and how to make learning it easier. So I’ve decided to create practice books that I think will help people improve their intonation skills.
The first one will be a kind of how-to manual for using a tuner to improve intonation skills. We’ve all been told to use a tuner to learn to play in tune better, but how many of us have been shown how? Electronic tuners are cool gadgets, and tuner apps are fun to play around with, but how can using them really improve how we play?
I’ve got some ideas and have designed exercises for this. The next book will be about how to improve your ear, intonation in real life. Can’t have one without the other! Then who knows where this lead!
The book will first be available as a downloadable ebook, then soon after that I’ll get it formatted for iPads, Kindles, or other electronic readers. This means I have to learn how to do some new things, such as formatting for different media, Sibelius software, making shopping carts, PayPal, etc., but this is all part of creating a microbusiness. Later maybe I’ll even get into YouTube video lessons or teaching via Skype. So much to learn!
I’m aiming for a Dec. 1 launch date. What do you think? Will people buy a book about how to use a tuner? Maybe the tuner companies should pay me to show people how to make use of their products! Unfortunately they don’t seem to have had any trouble selling their product, but it would be nice to know how to make use of them!