Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 16

Back to Andersen! This one was not nearly as tricky as the last few have been. It was a good challenge in not getting stuck in a pattern – there are lots of chromatic scale bits, but just enough not-chromatic bits that I really had to pay attention. I also liked getting a bit ofContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 16”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op 37 – No. 15

Happy Friday! Here’s Andersen Op. 37 No. 15, a very flutey sort of etude! I did my best to make this one sound light and birdlike, but by the middle of this recording my flute felt like it was about to slide right out of my hands because it’s so warm today. Summer is nice,Continue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op 37 – No. 15”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 14

Yowza. I don’t think I’ve even been this happy to finish an etude! Number 14 looked like it was pretty manageable, but oh boy did D-sharp minor kick my butt! I had the hardest time wrapping my brain around the key signature, and the liberal sprinkling of double sharps didn’t help. I think I penciledContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 14”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 13

Yay! I’ve reached the halfway point in Andersen Op.37! The worst keys are finished! As with a lot of these etudes, one big challenge in this one is playing musically even though it’s pretty repetitive. F-sharp major isn’t typically a whole lot of fun, but in this etude it fits pretty nicely under the fingersContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 13”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 12

TGIF! I’m trying to get back on a more regular etude schedule, so here’s the just-barely-better-than-sightreading version of No. 12 in G sharp minor. This one isn’t too bad in terms of tempo and technique, but finding places to breathe and making all the repetition sound interesting are more of a challenge. The phone wasContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 12”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 11

Finally, another Andersen etude! I feel like I’ve been stuck on No. 11 for ages – the busyness of the last couple weeks has kept me from spending as much time practicing as I would have liked. Life happens! Overall I’m fairly pleased that I managed to get the fingers under control in this superContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 11”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 10

I had hoped to post an Etude of the Week recording today, but after my first several attempts went really badly, here’s some Andersen! I’ll keep working on the Köhler and post a better version of it tomorrow. The big challenge in this etude in making it feel like a melody rather than just anContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 10”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 9

Here’s a rare Wednesday etude video! This is my busiest teaching day and I don’t typically find as much time for practicing and recording. I had some gaps in the schedule, so it was time for some Andersen! There are definitely some finger mistakes in this one- there are lots of double sharps and otherContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 9”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 8

Here’s Andersen Op. 37 Number 8, a pretty little etude for your Monday listening. Not a huge technical challenge for the fingers, but this one is great for working on supporting through softer dynamics. There are also plenty of C sharps- opportunities to check on intonation! This was an interesting one to record, because whileContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 8”

Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 7

Just a quick post this morning- I actually recorded this etude yesterday but forgot to post it! I’d been kind of stuck on this one for a couple days because Andersen’s dynamics and breath marks seemed really counterintuitive and I couldn’t really find my way into the piece in a way that made sense toContinue reading “Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 – No. 7”