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This is a Companion Guide to the Trevor Wye Practice Books 1-5 or Omnibus Edition (see my review there) 7*
And AN INVALUABLE ONE at that. Great foundational knowledge base to go back to as a calibration reference resource and invaluable advice on the approach to daily practice - a gem of a roadmap to proper flute playing. (If you don't own any other flute book - just these two Trevor Wye books ie Proper Flute Playing and the Practice Books (1-5)Omnibus will suffice - for the serious beginner. The Guide mentors you through the Practice Books which set out the required exercises.
Coverage includes: Finding a good teacher for various levels, introduction to flute schools and tips on what an effective practice regime looks like encompassing practice techniques, muscle development, tone, articulation, intonation, studies, scales etc and suggestions for a daily practice schedule.
Basic Technique covers - posture, head-body-flute positions, hand positions.
Tone section covers - embouchure, your face, how much of the hole to uncover, air direction, freedom of choice in finding your own style (respecting unique physiological make up of each individual)
Tone experimentation covers (favourite) * - projection, the lower register & yellow tone, how to use less air, a purple tone, 2nd Octave, upper register, playing crescendo and diminuendo in the first 2 octaves, intonation, playing softly in the 3rd octave, articulation - demo'd in CD that accompanies the Omnibus/ Tone volume.
Auditions - advice on dressing, choosing pieces, educational path wither college or uni, audition requirements, the entrance versus orchestral audition, comments on summer schools and masterclasses.
The Picolo v The Baroque Flute
Contemporary or Extended Flute Technique
Expression, Phrasing & Style * - a key section on expression, phrasing, tied/dotted notes, syncopation, style; and music from the various era
Of concerts & recitals - choosing programme and playing fr memory
Of Recitalists & competitors - stage mannerisms, piano accompaniment, Bowing, Looking at the audience, Choreography
What a proper pupil looks like
What a proper teacher looks like
Common problems encountered in teaching
A recommended list of study material *
A proper library of flute repertoire
Proper pronounciation of all things flute (esp list of composers and artists!)
Biblio and list of useful publications
In my case I have decided on the self-teaching route and have found this totally indispensable - to ensure proper foundation is laid for ongoing progress.
Every beginner or early intermediate at least must have one. Even advanced players. This book is about facilitating continuous improvement together with the Omnibus Edition which expands & expounds on Marcel Moyse's thin classic Del a Sonorite. Having said that, checking lessons with flesh and blood teachers are indispensable to ensure proper development - just that, what transpires is sometimes easily forgotten. These books are worth a thousand lessons - well documented for future reference and callibration.