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Andersen: 26 Small Caprices, Op. 37 - No. 25

Here's Andersen Op. 37, No. 25, or The Etude That Almost Didn't Happen.

This particular etude is tough! At first glance, it just looks like a whole bunch of arpeggios that stay in a pretty comfortable range of the flute. But then when you look at the key signature and see that it's in G-flat major, it becomes a whole new ball game. While I typically like arpeggios, the way these flow is just not intuitive for me and I had a really hard time getting this one in my fingers.

I finally decided that enough was enough and I didn't want to get stuck here and abandon this whole etude project, so I gave myself one shot to record and accept whatever happened. Hey, kinda like a live performance, right? Sometimes stuff goes wrong in a performance and The Show Must Go On! This time, I had a hair in my mouth for about two-thirds of this etude, but I really just wanted to get through it.

This is about the furthest thing from perfect that I could be putting out there, but I think its a good demonstration of the fact that performances sometimes just don't go well. But you know what? Nothing caught on fire, none of my limbs fell off, I'm still alive - if the worst thing that can happen is a wrong note, you'll survive!

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