Edmund-Davies, P :: A Consequence of Sequences

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  • Composer
    Edmund-Davies, P
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    Flute Alone
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    Paul Edmund-Davies Music Productions [SF001]
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    Methods, Etudes & Studies
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A Consequence of Sequences
Edmund-Davies, P

As flute players, we are encouraged from the earliest stages to focus on our scales and arpeggios and, as we become more proficient, on our studies (etudes). Sadly, for young players, this can feel more like some form of punishment rather than a path to musical enjoyment and mastery. Heaven forbid that we should actually enjoy playing our instruments!

The benefits of regular practice in the above disciplines only really become apparent as we mature and gradually grasp the idea that they are musical activities, through which we can learn to sculpt our flute sound and personality. Even then, the connection between scales, arpeggios and studies is not necessarily an obvious one.

A Consequence of Sequences aims to bridge that gap. By blending certain characteristics of scales and arpeggios into the more enticingly melodious and harmonic structures of studies, this book of sequences (covering Breathing and Phrasing, Fingers, Articulation and Intervals) aims to provide an opportunity to work on demanding technical issues, in bite-sized and manageable segments.

Table of Contents:

Section One: Breathing and Phrasing
Section Two: Fingers
Section Three: Articulation
Section Four: Intervals

Forward

There is a vast difference between playing a flute and mastering it. We all know this, but it is finding the path that leads us from one to the other that perhaps presents the most demanding challenge.

In the early days of our flute education and in particular if we are engaged with a graded exam system, such as ABRSM, scales and arpeggios hang over us like some form of incurable disease. We just want to play 'tunes' and the pain and agony that these elements of torture put us through to succeed (even though they are an essential part of our music making), can be highly demoralising and invariably lack any form of enjoyment or satisfaction. There can be a cruel austerity attached to this particular part of our learning.

Perhaps we learn from the above that technical challenges also need to be musically stimulating. From scales and arpeggios, we move to studies (etudes) and then on to pieces. There are sadly no shortcuts, but A Consequence of Sequences, by providing musical content along with the technical demands of each exercise, aims to bridge the gap between scales, arpeggios and studies.

It follows that if we are encouraged and stimulated to engage in our practice sessions, then our technical prowess will steadily grow from strength to strength.

Whilst blending certain characteristics of scales and arpeggios into the more melodic and harmonic structures of studies, A Consequence of Sequences provides an opportunity for flautists to work on demanding technical issues, in more bite-sized and manageable blocks. Think of them as musical postcards.

  • Composer
    Edmund-Davies, P
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Paul Edmund-Davies Music Productions [SF001]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD
    No
  • Classification
    Methods, Etudes & Studies
  • Genre
    Undefined
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  • Bradley J.
    Nov 28, 2020, 11:15
    I highly recommend! After having purchased the Paul Edmund Davies "28 Day Warm Up" book a couple years ago, my playing has improved a lot! I came across "A Consequence of Sequences" by accident and I have not been able to put this book down. All of the exercises are melodious, and it pairs perfectly with my scales and etudes practice. I couldn't be happier!

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