Monday, January 20, 2020

Jolene Harju Madewell's videos on practicing

Flutist Jolene Harju Madewell's Blog/Youtube Videos

This young teacher  Jolene Harju Madewell is very interesting. She's upbeat, positive, inspiring, insightful and organized, and she's provided a page full of practice videos for free.

Specifically, her videos on focused practicing (not spending ALL your time on tone, and sacrificing all other areas, ha ha; I've done that!), and practicing in 25 minute segments that have GOALS for each one, and then are followed by resting, were super interesting to me (and my adult students will love this I'm hoping too)!
And her explanation of keeping a practice journal that uses shorthand is great too.  All her ideas are "kitchen tested" and super cool.

I really thought it was amazingly perspicacious that Jolene filmed her own practice session(s), and then analysed what she'd done, and narrated a "director's cut" observing herself and sharing what she observed. (first video below). Genius.
Full Fundamentals Routine (video)


We should ALL record films of our practicing! Absolutely.

Imagine the HOURS we'd save if we stopped all our time-wastey,
 air-dreamy, gargoyle exhausty, leany-overy and useless noodley pound-headedness of our practice, (you know.... the way we practice now), and instead observe from a camera's distance just what it is we are really doing for ten-thousand-hours, and change it to make it work for us instead.
Wowza. Think posture-observation. Just that alone!

The mind startles at the perspiciousity-factor. :>)

Enjoy these videos. GREAT teaching.

Getting Back Into Shape (video)

Practice Journal & Perfectionism: (video)

Jolene mentions: Blackburn's whole Zen Yoga Warmup pages which I've mentioned before for the "Magic Carpet" overblowing harmonics exercise on one of the later pages.
And show notes such as this one for warmups, for each video, are at her blog

Comments welcome.

 There's a comment button below that is set for me to read it first before it appears here, so slight delay to see it. :>)

Comments (2)
Blogger sue said...

Jolene is great! I watched her videos and pretty much immediately signed up for lessons. First time practicing again in about 10 years and I can’t wait to see how I progress! Looking forward to reading all the blog posts I missed here as well

Friday, February 14, 2020 4:57:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Great to hear your enthusiasm, Sue!
Yay you! :>)

Friday, February 14, 2020 9:41:00 PM


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