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Jarle Jivanmukta
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PostPosted: 2011-05-10, 20:52    Post subject: Order of learning different aspects of Shaku playing... Reply with quote

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Hello friends, I have played a year now, and thinking back, my way has been (VERY arbitrarily divisions as it is alot back and forth) in the following order:

-Making a sound
-Making sounds
-Otsu fingerings and stable sounds
-Meri in otsu fingerings
-Kan
-Producing all the sounds in the songs
-Creating sounds in a fluid manner
-Rythm - counting (I think my teacher tried to teach me that early but gave up....)
-Stop playing everything flat, lifting chin but keeping sound, a lot of work on lips, tongue, jaws
-Higher parts of kan and a little above
-Learning details that are not in the score, but only taught from teacher

It would be very interesting to hear different views on what order one should learn things, or even if it is useful to think like that. Maybe it has to be completely individual, or just try to learn everything a little bit better every day...

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PostPosted: 2011-06-02, 19:36    Post subject: Order of learning different aspects of Shaku playing... Reply with quote

So far for me, it is something like:
  • Making a sound, embouchure.
  • Different notes, learning the basic scale.
  • Breathing, relaxation, posture.
  • "Tonging" (the 'tu' sound to begin some quick notes)
  • Blowing exercises.
  • Lots more embouchure.
  • Walking while playing.
  • Experimentation and faster fingering.
  • Longer and calmer breathing.
  • Playing with the bottom lip more away from the flute.
  • Stronger and more forceful breathing. Breathing from the diaphragm.
  • Practising with the flute flatter against the body. (not good for playing, but an interesting occasional challenge)

I still need to understand flatness and sharpness, at least one other octave and to actually learn a song. =)

Usually what happens is I hear about some interesting idea, and I play with it at my next practice. For example, I just heard that it is good practice to try to play with the flute completely flat against the body. I can do it a little bit, and I will continue to practice.

So I will add more and more ideas to my practicing as I hear about them.

[edit1] diaphragm, clarification of practising with the flute flatter.


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PostPosted: 2011-06-02, 23:35    Post subject: Order of learning different aspects of Shaku playing... Reply with quote

spiralofhope wrote:
For example, I just heard that it is good practice to try to play with the flute completely flat against the body. I can do it a little bit, and I will continue to practice.

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Doing stuff like this might lead to learning bad habits.
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PostPosted: 2011-06-10, 20:52    Post subject: Order of learning different aspects of Shaku playing... Reply with quote

Brian Tairaku Ritchie wrote:
spiralofhope wrote:
For example, I just heard that it is good practice to try to play with the flute completely flat against the body. I can do it a little bit, and I will continue to practice.

Doing stuff like this might lead to learning bad habits.


I agree. In the above example, I mean to say "good practice" and not suggest it's a good habit for actual play. Maybe I should have said "a good challenge".

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I like being exposed to all sorts of ideas. I try things, and I come to intuit and understand the value of some practices over others. I end up rejecting things that don't feel right.

This makes learning very easy for me in the short run, and perhaps very hard for me in the long run. =) But the entire point isn't to become a master, the point is to have the instrument as a tool in my toolkit. For example, to play to relax and not necessarily play for perfection.
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