Sequence 4

with Paul Edmund-Davies

Sequence 4 is the final exercise concentrating on scales in thirds. Once you have played all three of the associated exercises (Sequences 2, 3 and 4) you should have a very good working knowledge of these often awkward exercise patterns and should find playing scales in thirds, through all three octaves of the flute, that much more interesting, less challenging and indeed easier.

Whilst we should focus on generating a beautiful tone in Sequence 1, we also need to realise that playing in a truly ‘legato’ manner is another major side to this sequence (and is an essential part of communication in so much of the repertoire that we are interpreting). Exactly how we operate our fingers is also to be considered. If you use your fingers in an abrupt on/off manner, the legato that you are searching for will fade away and turn to lumps and bumps!