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This series of studies hopes that students will find material arranged in a concise and methodical form that will be helpful in the development of a smooth and effortless legato, as well as an unusual degree of lip flexibility. These studies are not intended for beginners or young players. This book’s intention is not to write exercises for the development of the upper register, but rather to develop a higher degree of flexibility in a lip already sufficiently strong to produce, at least in a fair degree, most of the high notes found therein. The author writes:
“In presenting this series of studies to the student it is my hope that he will find therein material, arranged in a concise and methodical form, that will be helpful in the development of a smooth and effortless legato, as weJl as an unusual degree of lip flexibility.
Many of the studies included in this book are based upon ideas given to me at various times by many of my former teachers; ideas, which to my knowledge at least, have never been incorporated in any available printed studies. With this in mind I have simply tried to assemble under one cover a group of such material as I have found to be of great value in the development of this branch of technique,and possibly to carry on a few steps further with some subjects of which onlya beginning has heretofore been written.
This group has been of inestimable value to me in my own practise, and has proven a great help to many students. The necessity of the control of the back of the tongue in this type of playing has never, to my mind, been properly stressed, and if the student will read carefully the explanations I have written, I am confident that he will be well rewarded for every effort he expends in this direction. These studies are not intended for beginners or young players. Only the first few exercises in each group will be found to be of advantage to such students.
It has not been my intention to write exercises for the development of the upper register, but rather to devel op a higher degree of flexibility in a lip alread y sufficiently strong to produce, at least in a fair degree, most of the high notes found therein.
I sincerely trust that the student will find these studies to be as helpful to them as they have been to me.”
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