Simply Flute

A Contemporary Online Flute Method

 

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Paul Edmund-Davies

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Breathing and Phrasing | Finger work | Articulation | Intervals

Elementary

Designed to assist those players of any age, in the early stages of their journey with the flute. Covering the four key areas of essential everyday work (Breathing and Phrasing, Finger work, Articulation and Intervals), instant help in finding solutions to technical issues is available on this page (all with video instruction and download sheet music). Whilst some of the exercises might initially appear to be easy, invariably it is the simplest material that demands the most of our abilities. Both time and patience will be required to ensure positive results and enable the student, enthusiast or flute lover to graduate to the next level (Intermediate). It is also worth noting that advanced players will invariably return to simple exercises and melodies such as these, in order to maintain and fine tune their overall technical facility on the instrument. 

Intermediate

Designed to assist those players of any age, who have a good working knowledge of the flute and are comfortably on their way to establishing greater control of the instrument. Covering the four key areas of essential everyday work (Breathing and Phrasing, Finger work, Articulation and Intervals), instant help in finding solutions to technical issues is available on this page (all with video instruction and download sheet music). Apart from greater technical skills than players of an elementary level, intermediate students, as a result of increased confidence, will also have developed a higher level of enthusiasm. As such, initially there is increased danger that technical exercises will be played too fast, will not be absorbed properly and progress will therefore be slower. It is worth remembering, the more demanding the exercise, the greater the consideration should be in approach.

Advanced

Designed to assist those players of any age, who have established a good working knowledge of the flute and are mostly secure in their control of the instrument. Covering the four key areas of essential everyday work (Breathing and Phrasing, Finger work, Articulation and Intervals), instant help in finding solutions to technical issues is available on this page (all with video instruction and download sheet music). Even at an advanced level, in order to maintain and gradually develop their skills further, players are expected to regularly work on challenging materials, such as those provided on this page. At this high level of ability, variety of exercises, likewise to be found in this section, is also required, to provide goals and to maintain both interest and enthusiasm. 

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Thanks for writing about warm up in thirds— I’m going to use it! 

And please keep sending your posts as you find time to get even a short one done. I always look forward to them.
KN

The videos are wonderful, the duets fun, and there is so much material! I may never get past the elementary stage, but it will still be satisfying. Thank you for your wonderful website

CG

All I can say is that your energy and enthusiasm are staggering!
They can’t fail to inspire us.
Thank you and Pasha so so much for all this hard work.
KH