Legato Espressivo: Daily Sonority Exercises for Flute
- Uses extended techniques
- Staff Pick
“A change is as good as a rest!”
Do we need yet another book on sonority you may ask. Well, on the basis that something new might give your practice a lift then this coud be a very good purchase. There is a great deal of material here and it covers just about everything including some basic contemporary techniques. There is a good spread of difficulty in the exercises so you can pick the ones that are most appropriate for your level and there is also a suggested practice schedule should you want add some structure to your workout. Sometimes a change is as good as a rest!
From the Publisher
When discussing flute performance practice, the term “legato espressivo” (“expressive legato”) is used to refer to fluidity of phrasing and naturalness of expression, both fundamental aspects in the search for a good sound. The goal of this method is to offer a daily training plan that will help to improve this aspect, through 10 series of exercises, each aimed at solving a specific technical challenge (speed control, wide leaps, high notes, evenness of sound, slurred scales, etc…). Carlo Morena’s work has the advantage of being pleasing and manages to avoid the usual repetitiousness of technical exercises, drawing upon the student’s own musical sense.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).
- Groups 1: 9 exercises for improving expresseiveness and legato technique
- Group 2: 3 exercises for controlling air-speed
- Group 3: 9 exercises avoiding a pinched sound on large leaps and for developing expressive legato on high notes
- Group 4: 2 exercises for developing and even sound and controlling leaps of a sixth
- Group 5: 6 exercises covering the flute's entire range
- Group 6: 5 exercises for intonation and legato playing on fourths and fifths
- Group 7: 8 exercises for playing scales expressively and legato
- Group 8: 4 exercises for wide leaps and sounc flexibility
- Group 9: 4 exercises for developing an expresssive and voice-like legato
- Group 10: 5 exercises featuring advanced sound-emission techniques