At the start of a practice session, a slow, long, sustained melody such as this, is a highly useful method for ensuring that lungs, lips, fingers and focus are instantly engaged.Although the movement between notes is moderately subdued in this exercise, consummate control of fingers will be required, to avoid lumps and bumps as keys are opened and closed. As the melodic line here is of a highly legato nature,it follows that fingers will need to mirror this in their operation.
Individuals should work on these scales at tempi which are commensurate with their technical capabilities. However, the following guidelines might be helpful to some:
With almost hymn like lines, this exercise is designed to encourage players to focus on the crucially vital moments which occur between notes, in particular when phrases are required to be played as legato as possible.Whether in scale or arpeggio format, to mask the inherent weaknesses within the instrument and to avoid unevenness in the melodic line, it will be necessary to commit physically to the all-important transition from one note to the next.
With a combination of slowly transitioning intervals and gently rolling scale passages, ardent care and intense focus will be required, in order to move from one note to the next as seamlessly as possible. Basically, the wider the interval, the sooner we are required to plan in advance. It will help immensely if, prior to arriving at the second note in every bar of the main theme, you are already hearing the pitch of that new note in your head. In order to maintain and nourish tone throughout every four bar phrase, it will be necessary to plan breathing carefully.
This exercise uses small segments within the range of the flute and is designed to tone everything up as swiftly, efficiently and economically as possible.The theme, consisting mostly of the interval of a third, in gently rising and falling waves, instantly channels lips, at the same time, stretching breathing ability in a passive, yet highly energetic mode.With each new variation, a combination of scales and arpeggios provides increasingly busier hills and valleys within each phrase, pushing us urgently to explore shape, energy and direction.As more notes appear in each beat throughout the variations, avoid falling in a forwards direction.To embrace the content of every single note and to extract as much as possible, it is always more beneficial and prudent to hold back and sit on the pulse. Otherwise, we are only skimming over what lies beneath.