tibia Duo’s Practice Challenge #22


Please read on for your invitation to join Tibia Recorder Duo (Tish Berlin and Frances Blaker) for our 22nd Practice Challenge. We start on Monday January 18th and finish on Sunday February 28th. We hope you’ll join us!

Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker
Tibia Recorder Duo

January 9, 2021

Dear fellow musicians,
In this time of COVID-19, getting together to make music with others is too risky, but we all need music more than ever! During Practice Challenges # 17 to 21 (the first five PCs during almost-national shelter-in-place orders) there was a wonderful sense of community with our fellow practicers. We want to keep that sense of community going! We hope you’ll join Tibia Recorder Duo in our quest to make practicing recorder (or any other instrument, or voice) a part of everyday life for six weeks. Even a five-minute practice session counts, so don’t be daunted! We are here to help and encourage!

#22: A Practice Challenge for Extraordinary Times
Monday, January 18th – Sunday, February 28, 2021

Tier 1 is free and is designed to provide a community of practicers (that’s you!) with:

  • Inspirational messages once a week from Tish & Frances!
  • As incentive and accountability, you can opt to email us weekly check-in reports. (We read them all, but can’t respond to them all – there are just too many of you!)
  • Participation in the private member-led group email exchange. This part is also optional, but we love this part of the Practice Challenge – participants always ask great questions and receive helpful support from the group. We use Groups.io for this forum.

Tier 2 is a paid tier – the fee is $32. Tier 2 participants receive all of the benefits of Tier 1 AND:

  • Can email us with questions as part of their weekly check-in report, and we can answer them!
  • Practice materials! The materials we send are not homework and you can use them as you see fit. Those of you who have your own materials to work on may wish to use the PC materials as supplemental material, save them for later, or just to play for fun!
  • Access to our play-along videos – we play trios minus one, so you can play along with us. You’ll have access to the music in advance, with markings for phrasing and articulation. Every other week you’ll receive two trio-minus-one videos – one geared toward more advanced players and one toward less advanced players. For alternate weeks, see next item.
  • Barbara Weiss, harpsichordist, will provide play-along continuo recordings on alternate weeks. For Practice Challenge #22 we’ll be focusing on dance movements by French Baroque composers geared toward the more advanced players, and on dances from the 1612 Terpsichore publication geared toward the less advanced players. Barbara can also provide tailored recordings for you – contact her privately at harpsichordweiss to inquire about her rates.

Click here to register for Tier 1 or Tier 2!

We hope you will join us at one of these two levels. As always, please reply to this email or contact us at our website if you have any questions.

If you do not receive a confirmation email from us, your registration or payment did not go through. Please contact us for help at tibiarecorderduo or try again.

Now, let the practicing begin!

Musically yours,
Tish & Frances


Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker
Tibia Recorder Duo
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Tips to Help you Navigate the Practice Challenge Google Site for Registration and Payment

  1. Go to https://sites.google.com/view/practice-challenge-22/tibia-duo-pc-22-info. It’s probably better to do this on a laptop or desktop, but it should also work on a tablet. If you have trouble, use a different browser, such as Chrome, DuckDuckGo, or others.
  1. Fill in the requested information, then click “Next”. You may need to scroll back up to the top of the next page. You may also need to move your cursor around the screen to bring up the necessary forms.
  1. If you selected Tier 2, you’ll be asked for more information. Fill in your request if you have one. Click on “Submit”. Once again, you’ll need to scroll back up to find the “Submit” button.
  1. If you selected Tier 1 you will be taken to a page that confirms your registration.
  1. If you selected Tier 2, scroll to the bottom of the page for the payment information. We have removed the PayPal button because too many people couldn’t make it work before. Please use one of the options (Paypal, Venmo, Zelle, or check) listed on the registration page.

If paying by check, please mail to Tish Berlin and Frances Blaker at 806 Washington Ave., Albany CA 94706. Your name will be added to Tier 2 when your check arrives.


Tibia Recorder Duo
Letitia Berlin and Frances Blaker

Author: 1womanretreat

Kathryn is a freelance writer, musician, and Latin tutor based in the Sierra foothills. She enjoys performing and teaching early music on recorder and flute.

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