Sequence 6

with Paul Edmund-Davies

This is a mildly leaping around exercise, focusing on bigger intervals of a 5th, a 6th and a 7th.

As is always the case in our playing and with particular reference to intervals, anticipation is crucial. If you leave changes of air pressure and air angle until the last minute, you will be in for a bumpy ride!

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!