These etudes have been adapted from compositions by Giuseppe
Verdi (1813-1901), Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1869) and Apollon Marie-Rose
Barret (1804-1879). They were selected and edited for their musical quality
as well as their technical level to allow students sufficient time to
progress in a slow and systematic manner.
This text will help fill the need for appropriate study
material between many excellent beginning methods written for these
instruments and the more advanced studies such as the Rose etudes.
These studies have been carefully selected because they
illustrate various problems in rhythm, phrasing and articulation at the
intermediate level. Close attention to detail will help the student develop
advanced taste, style, phrasing and musical sensitivity.
These etudes are also excellent sight-reading material.
Included in this text are long tone exercises, a written
version of the major scales, tonic arpeggios, chromatic scales
and scales in thirds through four sharps and four flats.
It is suggested that all practice periods begin with
long tone exercises, followed by scales, scales in thirds,
chromatic scales and concluding with the melodic etudes. This
order of practice will yield the best results.
Remember to always play with a FULL TONE and listen to
each part of the tone; the beginning, the middle and the end.
Developing style and musical sensitivity takes time to develop.
Always be patient with your effort.
A highly recommended companion to this text is Expression
in Music by H. A. VanderCook, Rubank, Inc.
William T. Robinson, III