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Flute Starter Books: High Notes by Simon Hunt

This 12-page book is packed with short, concise exercises. The book starts with a description on how to get high notes using harmonics, your air, and your lips. Each subsequent page is a unit on one to two notes in the top register of the flute graduation and working up. Most of the exercises are, allowing the brain space to focus on fingers and sound. Each section starts with a finger drill and two scale exercises, one in major and one in minor. Next up are melodic exercises using the new note(s) as well as some familiar tunes placed in the top register. Each section features a variety of key signatures, especially toward the end. However, the time signatures are all simple meters. I personally appreciated the feature pointing out when a lesser-used key was needed for a particular fingering. For example, a line pointing out the first trill key marking with a note “1st trill key.” This short book ends with a page of short scale and arpeggio exercises focusing on the high register in keys up to five flats and four sharps, as well as some chromatics.

High Notes Cheat Sheet
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  • Range of notes: G1-B3

  • Rhythms: whole notes, half notes/rests, quarter notes/rests, eighth notes, dotted quarter notes

  • Time Signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/2

  • Key Signatures: no flats/sharps, one flat, two flats, three flats, four flats, five flats one sharp, two sharps, three sharps, four sharps

  • Other: staccato, ties, slurs, repeats

  • As title suggests, focus on high notes

  • Exercises are short and concise

  • One to two notes introduced and worked per page

  • Finger drills, scale/arpeggio exercises, melodic tunes

  • Wide variety of key signatures

  • Exercises simple to work on fingers and sound

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