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Rubank Advanced Method Volumes 1 and 2 by H. Voxman

The final post for now, of the “Moldy Oldy” collection is the Rubank Advanced Method Books. Laid out in six sections (Scales and Arpeggios; Melodic Interpetation; Articulation; Finger Exercises; Ornaments; Solos) With an outline in the beginning to guide how everything goes together. “Scales and Arrpeggios” are laid out in a variety of rhythmic patterns in octaves gradually rising to cover the range of the instrument. There is a two-octave chromatic scale for each key, an exercise in thirds, tonic arpeggio, dominant 7th arpeggio in compound meter then switches to the relative minor (natural, harmonic, and melodic). Studies in Melodic Interpretation are laid out as duets and include expression markings such as breath marks, dynamics, staccato, tenuto, accents and holds. Some duets do change keys in the middle. Studies in Articulation are preceded by two pages dedicated to double tonguing and triple tonguing exercises to be studied concurrently with the articulation studies. These are short studies mostly dedicated to specific rhythmic/articulation patterns. Exercises in Fingering are one-measure studies for difficult fingering passages focusing on 2-4 notes only per measure. The Ornaments section is preceded by a numbered trill chart and covers trills, grace notes, mordents, and turns. These are brief etudes focusing in on melodic usage of each individually and together. The final section is six flute solos. There is a chart in the front to help keep track of advancement.

Rubank Advanced Cheat Sheet
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  • Range of notes: C1 to C4

  • Rhythms: 32nd notes, 16th note triplet

  • Time Signatures: 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 6/8, 3/8, 9/8

  • Key Signatures: Volume1 No flats/sharps, one flat, one sharp, two flats, two sharps, Volume 2 three flats, three sharps, four flats, four sharps, five flats, five sharps

  • Other: Breath marks,, dynamics, staccato, tenuto, accents, holds, trills, grace notes, mordents, turns

  • Laid out in six sections with outline and progress chart to show how it all goes together

  • Short, specific exercises dedicated to double/triple tonguing, fingering, and ornaments

  • Separate book of repertoire and some solos in the back of each book

  • Trill chart with numbered fingering

  • Contains mini-etudes and duets of varying lengths

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