Sunday, November 05, 2017

More free sequences - B-flat fingerings for flute

Dear Flute-lovers,

Earlier this year, Paul Edmund-Davies uploaded free warmups and exercises that he called his "Sequences". They are musical, fun and engaging. I really enjoy adding them to my library.
I wrote about his video demonstrations and linked his first nine sequences here.

Update: To complete the set, Paul has uploaded sequence number 24 complete with demonstration video. The free pdfs and videos will be available until the end of the Christmas holiday, but then will be published for purchase. So download soon while they are free:

Sequence 24 (final):

Sequence 23:

Sequence 22:

Sequence 21:

Sequence 20:

Sequence 19:

Sequence 18:

Sequence 17:

Sequence 16:

Sequence 15:

Sequence 14:

Sequence 13:

Sequence 12:

Sequence 11:

Sequence 10:

Sequences 1-9 here.

More sequences will be freely available (sheetmusic and videos)  throughout December.
 In the newsletter below, Paul states he intends to post one or more a week.

So I'll add all the links here, at this blogpost, as each one arrives.

And beginners and novices, do scroll down to read The Three Fingerings for B-flat information, which is the second item, below.

Best, Jen
Paul Edmund-Davies wrote in his latest newsletter:

You may well remember that earlier in the year I wrote 9 Sequences and posted them on Simply Flute.

I enjoyed writing them and I also found the whole process of going through all keys via the circle of fifths, refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised that many of you also seemed to latch on to these little extracts that rest quite comfortably between an exercise and a study.

They are really little ‘postcards’, in which we can work on both our techniques and our ability to play musically.

The first nine were more or less off the top of my head, but by the time I had finished and your very encouraging feedback came in, it seemed a logical decision to make a complete ‘set’ with specific focus on my four preferred areas of work namely, Sonority, Finger work, Articulation and Intervals.

In turn, this created the need for a few exercises in each category and I have now written a further 15 Sequences, making a total of 24 (6 for each category).
At this stage they are not in any specific order (that will come when the books are published), but as of Sunday 5th November, we will be posting a Sequence twice a week (on Sunday and Thursday) until we have finally run out!

This will lead us up to Christmas nicely, so something to take your mind off the commercial frenzy that will doubtless ratchet up over the coming weeks (bah humbug!). You might find that there are two Sonority Sequences back to back, but with more than 100 pages of music to complete, this was the least of my problems at this stage.
And naturally, all the new material will be completely FREE!
 Sequence 10 works on getting smooth and measured finger movement. Most definitely this one should be practiced slowly and once your brain and fingers are communicating happily with each other, then that is the time to gently raise the tempo.
As always, **B flats (or A sharps) should be played with the long fingering (using the first finger right hand). I don’t intend to be mean, but getting used to this fingering really does help overall co-ordination.

 Köhler, Opus 33, No. 14 is also very much in the pipeline and we very much hope to be posting all the videos, teaching notes and exercises for this study soon on
 Best wishes, Paul Edmund-Davies

Note about B-flats/A-sharps from Jen:

The Three Fingerings for B-flat on the flute

Dear Flute-beginners,

I received an email this week from a student who didn't know about there being three B-flat fingerings and so was confused when they saw a fingering chart that showed all three alternates.

If you are in the same boat, and only know one B-flat fingering, here's a fingering diagram:

(click to enlarge - use backbutton to return.)

And here's a complete diagram that shows all the parts of the flute, including the two thumb keys and side key for B-flat:

The best idea is to consult your private flute teacher about learning to use the various B-flat fingerings if you're a beginner or novice player. Usually you stay with the standard fingering for the first few years, to make it feel "easy".
Later, as an intermediate, you will make more and more use of the Thumb-key-B-flat, and still later, when you're quite advanced, you'll find uses for the B-flat side key.
**Notice that above, Paul Edmund-Davies suggests using the standard ("Long" "1 and 1" ) B-flat fingering for his sequences. It is the fingering that needs the most practice.

The need to continue to practice the standard B-flat fingering is covered in these articles for more advanced players:

All three B-flat fingerings are needed:
Part 1/Part 2:

Best, Jen