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Daily Exercises: A Progressive Journey for Flute, Vol 1

Encompassing Breathing & Phrasing, Finger Work, Articulation and Intervals

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“Another great book from a master!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Paul Edmund-Davies is a masterful writer. He knows exactly what we need to improve at each stage of our development and gives us the ability to practice properly. His proven way of dividing up technique into the familiar topics of Breathing and Phrasing, Finger Work, Articulation and Intervals establishes excellent practice habits and facilitates a smooth transition to a more challenging book when the time is right. The raison d'être for each exercise is clearly outlined with detailed working instructions, and all keys are covered in all in exercises. This is a fully comprehensive approach which is endlessly useful. You will return to it time and time again!

From the Publisher

Written for intermediate to advanced players, Daily Exercises, Vol. 1 has been designed as a straightforward, compact programme to cover key areas of flute technique, ina concise and time efficient manner.

With exercises and text specifically written around the Four Pillars of technique (Breathing & Phrasing, Finger Work, Articulation and Intervals), players can work towards improving and consolidating their technical abilities on the instrument with a dedicated and progressive system. The programme is ideally suited to those who wish to keep on top of their playing, but are often plagued with restrictions on time available in which to practise!

Breathing & Phrasing: Focus in this chapter of the book is on sympathetic, thoughtful preparation and use of air, along with quality of sound and the skills required to shape or mould phrases with expression and musical direction.

Finger Work: Contains a logical and practical approach to strengthening finger coordination, independence and speed, with emphasis on consummate muscular equality at all times, whether a finger is travelling downwards to close a key, or lifting to open it.

Articulation: Explores the wide range of approach and the numerous possibilities as to how a note is initiated, in order to blend in and become an auxiliary contribution to the architecture and style of music being played.

Intervals: Regarded as the more gymnastic part of playing the instrument, this section focuses on the refinement and small physical adjustments necessary in airstream, lips and mind, for fluidity, evenness and success in this complicated topic.

By regularly and systematically working on the exercises in each of the four above categories, flute players will not only maintain their abilities, but over time should also notice significant improvements and progress throughout all areas of their playing.

Difficulty guide: 6-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


Section 1: Breathing & Phrasing

Section 2: Finger Work

Section 3: Articulation

Section 4: Intervals

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Flute Study Books
Publisher: Paul Edmund-Davies Edition
Our Stock Code: 1684506
Media Type: Paperback (140 pages [score])

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