Micro Etudes: Melodic Technique Exercises for Daily Practice for the Flute
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“A different approach.”
This books covers all the basics of flute technique through a series of short exercises that can be linked together for a more challenging workout. Elisabeth Parry has researched her approach thoroughly, using it to outline how to best to work out a plan of action. The keys used are limited to four sharps or flats which means that it's great for developing players who will benefit from the shorter format, adult returners who will appreciate less notes, and for anyone who could do with some fresh ideas. The accompaniments are of a high quality, as you would expect from John Alley, so you can even use it as a play-along. Now that really does make practice seem easier!
From the Publisher
Micro Études covers all the main elements of good technique, through short, melodic, and highly focused miniature studies in keys up to four sharps and flats. Micro Études aims to make practice enjoyable and so increase motivation. Every micro-étude, in every key, and at every tempo option, has a free downloadable piano accompaniment to make practice a truly musical experience.
The principles of Micro Études are based on research into proven strategies for progress through successful practice. A detailed introduction provides guidance on how to use the book effectively.
Micro Etudes works on six core technique elements:
- Sonority (Expressive Tone): for development of tone, breathing, and melodic shaping,
- Finger dexterity (Faster Fingers): finger exercises designed to improve dexterity through patterns of repeated movement, and to build fluency in each tonality,
- Top register technique (Aiming High): to improve technique in the top register through both finger and sonority-based exercises,
- Tonguing (Artful Articulation): for variety and ease of articulation, and the expressive use of tonguing,
- Flexibility/Intervals (Embouchure Flexibility): for evenness of tone, dynamic control, and intonation across legato intervals and wide leaps,
- Listening and Intonation (Chorales for Intonation): short harmonic exercises for both group settings and solo practice (with recorded accompaniment) to develop listening and playing with accurate intonation. Choose any of the four parts to play along with the accompaniment. An alto flute line is also included.
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).