Lesson 58
The Xtremes: Moving Toward Free Flow, Part 3

Here, you’ll pick up where the first two Free Flow exercises, Lessons 13 and 14, left off (that
was way back in The Fundamentals). You’re at the threshold of lesson where you’ll dig into
exploring your own personal means of self expression. And once again, we want to do it in a
way that feels as if it takes very little effort. You’ll be experimenting with your own “moves,”
with only one constraint/parameter: moving symmetrically.

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Lesson 48
The Xtremes: Xtreme Pitch Jumping, Part 5

Please make sure to practice Part 4 before working on this one. Part 5 is directly builds on the
previous lesson. In this final pitch jumping exercise you’ll play along with music again and
you’ll eliminate all traces of sliding. In addition to your ability to listen and consistently intuit
the locations of compatible pitches, you will have to think quickly in order to “correct” creatively
for any pitches that sound awkward with the music. The goal is to play in a continuous
improvised flow, during which every pitch you play sounds intentional. In other words, you are
trying to make this sound like a composition rather than a just series of notes. Experiment,
give it some life, have fun.

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Lesson 47
The Xtremes: Xtreme Pitch Jumping, Part 4

This lesson focuses on refining muscle memory, building on your natural ability to intuit,
pinpoint and play pitches that are far apart. You will have to adapt your earlier skill set
of sliding from one pitch to the next, because here, while you are intentionally sliding
and accentuating each destination pitch, you will also be playing along to music. Your
objective is to use the techniques in order to play pitches that you feel “go with” the music
you are hearing. Make sure to record yourself so you can evaluate the results.

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Lesson 43
The Xtremes
Working at the Threshold, Part 2

I urge you to view Part 1 before trying this lesson. Adjusting your theremin can make a big
difference in your progress with this lesson and many that follow. In Part 2 we lay the
groundwork for creating sounds right at the threshold. Once you get the hang of this, you’re
ready for working on truly Xtreme forms of articulation.

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Lesson 42
The Xtremes
Working at the Threshold, Part 1

Maximize your potential in all of the tutorials that comprise The Xtremes! Consider rolling up
your sleeves and getting right into the workings of your theremin. This tutorial will take you
through the process of making an internal adjustment to the instrument that dramatically
changes the location of the “threshold” — the point above the volume loop right at the edge
of silence and sound. All you need is a flashlight and screwdriver. We’ll cover the Standard
Etherwave, Etherwave Pro, and the B3 Series. Those of you with other makes of theremins
may be able to discern how to do it once you’ve seen this.

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Lesson 41
THE ESSENTIALS
Getting Out of Your Own Way, Part 2

Let’s look at the second choice you can make to work past the obstacle of stopping and starting.
By using this distinct “stop and start” method as a conscious choice, you will improve muscle/
pitch memory, relieve tension and make it all the way through a song.

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Lesson 40
THE ESSENTIALS
Getting Out of Your Own Way, Part 1

As thereminists, we want to get the melody right! We practice and practice, going
back and forth through a piece, and a lot of times, it seems we’ll we never make it
to the end! Here is the first of two ways to overcome what is probably the most
common obstacle thereminists face when working on music. The need to get things
“perfect” can actually inhibit your playing. Stopping and starting has its place, but it’s
also important to be able to break out of that pattern when practicing.

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Lesson 39
THE ESSENTIALS
Toward a New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part 5 – Working With Yourself

This last tutorial in the New Pitch and Articulation Mindset series brings everything back to
you. As you find a way of once again centering yourself, practice all of the tutorials for
a while and return to them periodically, particularly if you reach a plateau and want to
advance your practice.

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Lesson 38
THE ESSENTIALS
Toward a New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part 4 – Taking New Control

Remember what it felt like when you first tried playing a theremin? Adopting a new mindset
in this instance requires challenging even your most basic ability to play. Can you take control
in the face of new, and sometimes unusual playing parameters? Good luck; and get ready to
remove your shoes.

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Lesson 37
THE ESSENTIALS
Toward a New Pitch and Articulation Mindset
Part 3 – Inviting the Impossible

We begin this tutorial with a hilariously lame demo. That’s the point! This is an extremely
effective aid to adopting a new pitch and articulation mindset: push yourself so far
beyond what you are capable of that it releases you from a result-oriented attitude and
encourages more long-term exploration that you’d never otherwise try.

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