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Mind Your Fingers by Moshe Aron Epstein

This is a book mostly based on two practice ideas to clean up your fingerings: reduce tempo somewhat only in trouble areas and place a fermata one beginning of run. These are to help you get in the right head space fast passages more efficiently, translating nicely into the wild. The exercises do cover the full range of the flute, but are intended to especially help in the high register. An interesting description on why it might be a good idea in non-measured passages to slightly reduce the tempo of sections in the high register. An extremely flexible practice plan is provided using the sections of the book. A large three-quarters of the book is dedicated to chromatics ONLY. These are played in all manner of rhythms moving abruptly within a passage and exercise from a simple to a compound division. As the book goes on, lesser-used meters like 1/4, 5/16 and 7/16 are in abundance. Once one finally makes it to the final quarter of the book you are rewarded with whole-tone scales, and the very final section adds in major and minor scales. All the exercises start in a stepwise fashion (depending on the scale), and turn to fun skips at the end. The final culmination of the book uses 23 rhythmic variations for a few large exercises. There is not a large focus on articulations in this book, suggesting to start one plays in a legato fashion. Articulations do come into play at the very end though, with articulation suggestions in the manner of Taffanel and Gaubert.

Mind Your Fingers Cheat Sheet
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  • Exercises for: Chromatics, Whole Tone Scales, Major/Minor Scales, Focus on High Register, Right Mind Space for Playing

  • Introduction discusses practice two specific practice ideas and why and how they help to get one in the right mind space: place fermata at beginning and slow trouble spots somewhat

  • Discusses why it may be a good idea to somewhat reduce tempo in high unmeasured passages with sound frequencies

  • Book breaks down scales into small chunks with tempo to be chose by the practice

  • Flexible practice plan

  • Practice ideas and plans translate nicely into the wild

  • Heavy focus in the on chromatics taking up about three-quarters of the material

  • Use of lesser-used meters like 1/4, 5/16, 7/16

  • Last quarter adds in a large section on whole-tone scales then major/minor scales are also included

  • All exercises start stepwise turning to fun skips at the end in the fashion of the notes being used

  • Culmination of exercises uses 23 rhythmic variations

  • Not large focus on articulation until very end with final exercises suggesting articulations in a manner similar to that of Taffanel and Gaubert

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