Daily Tone Practice
Practicing tone or long tones should be an integral part of daily practice. So how do you keep yourself engaged day after day playing long tones? I have five different types of exercises that I use to keep variety in my practicing.
The first book I use is Marcel Moyse’s De La Sonorite published by Leduc. I pick one exercise from each of the tone sections each day.
The second book I use is Paul Edmund-Davies’ The 28 Day Warm-up Book published by Paul Edmund-Davies. This book has seven sonority exercises, so I play one each day. I add the upper octave to each of the exercises.
The third book I use is Trevor Wye’s Practice Book for Flute, Book 1 Tone published by Novello. I pick a couple of long tone exercises from each of the middle, high and low register sections and then a melodic exercise from each.
The fourth exercise is an octave leap followed by a descending half step all the way to the bottom of the flute and then ascending half steps to the top of the flute register. I cresecendo through the leap and then taper the last note.
The fifth exercise is a descending and ascending chromatic patterns in the dynamic extremes. I play first fff then repeat ppp while watching the tuner to make sure the pitch is consistent.
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The three publications discussed can be ordered through Carolyn Nussbaum at www.flute4u.com.