Caragh (1) Study

Caragh’s first study

No sharps or flats, neither is there any awkward rhythm. So, the challenge here is to get fabulous tone on these lower notes and to assist this by linking the fingerings seamlessly.

Look at the tone exercise for lower notes first and really push for maximum projection. If you can get that going (and you’re already very good at this) you’ll be making life easier in the next octave.

Let’s keep life simple and aim for small but useful changes that will build confident playing without even realising it. It’s always the small things that make big differences in the end.

Work on this pentatonic scale (below) so that you’re familiar with the framework of the study. There are no slurs written in, so start with pairs, 4’s, 8’s, etc. Good luck.

re-arranged pentatonic scale

Although this is written as an unaccompanied flute study, I couldn’t resist adding an accompaniment. It’s a slight bodge at the end as the study was quite happy by itself: just add an extra long note at the very end – the tune gets played three times! Here’s how it sounds with flute and accomp: –