If there is any author and flutist, who has accompanied my growth flute wise speaking, and is still with me in the professional flutist world, it is Trevor Wye. Over and over I get back to the Trevor Wye practice book, from the beginning for my students, to the daily practice for pros.
Trevor Wye Practice Books for beginners and pros
PRO: They help prepare auditions and competitions as they also cover nerve control and relaxation.
BEGINNER: If you are just starting out this article will help you as well, Trevor Wye practice books cover all stages of a flutist’s life.
PICCOLO: It also helps the aspiring to professional piccolo player put in the right steps.
But more on piccolo playing in my article dedicated to it which you can find by clicking here.
Why go with Trevor Wye?
Trevor Wye has an easy and friendly way of explaining technical difficulties.
Like no other he is able to cut them down to little digestible bits and pieces.
While you are having fun, you learn. Not just with any melodies.
Right from the start we are introduced to important repertoire and can accompany our studies with listening to the expert orchestras or musicians playing them.
As a result, this is very motivating and inspiring.
But they are broken down to tiny pieces, so that you do not need to be an expert flutist to improve your technical skills and sound quality right from the start.
It is so much appreciated by my students, that as they grow and learn they will come across the original studies and they are already acquainted and not worried.
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Trevor Wye Practice Book for beginners Vol. 1 and 2
Those two volumes start from scratch. You need not know reading music. It explains everything by starting to play right away. As a result you will apprehend note by note, rhythmic values, fingering. Meanwhile, and very quickly you will be able to play Duets with your teacher or other students, which is a lot of fun. Likewise, you will learn about articulation using famous melodies and engaging little exercises.
Trevor Wye divides his pages in Duets or Solo music pieces with the exercises needed to prepare them at best. Introduction to tonalities, step by step. Never overwhelming and in a good mixture of technical exercises and beautiful melodies, you start playing the flute before you know it!
Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 1
In the first volume you will be introduced to the first four sharp alterations and four flats and the corresponding minor and major scales.
Exercises are no longer than 8 bars, so nothing to be scared of!
You will learn about dynamics from piano to forte and use them playfully.
- Introduction to posture, embouchure and sound production
- Fingering and music reading
- First Major and minor scales (four flats, four sharps)
- Low to middle register, the G’ ‘ in the second octave being the highest
- Introduction to sound quality exercises (mini Moyse course)
- Introduction to phrasing and articulation (staccato and legato)
- Values from a whole to eighths notes
- Duets with teacher and other pupils
- 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2
- Flute history glimpses
- Traditional melodies from all over the world, lullabies, dances, Christmas Carols, national anthems, round canons
Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 2
In the second volume starts with enharmonic alterations, telling you the alternative (enharmonic) names of the same notes you already know. This introduces you to a chromatic scale conception. It means that you put together all the notes you know in a row, with a distance of a semitone between them. For example, if you have a piano it would be playing all the keys in a row, including the black ones in between the white ones.
- Chromatic scales first and second octave including F’ ‘ (second octave)
- Alterations up to 6 sharps
- Fingering and sound production up to C’ ‘ ‘ ‘ (highest C on the flute)
- 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
- Note value of 1/16
- Duets with teacher and other students
- Fun melodies and rhythms like Milonga
- Important repertoire composers like Schumann, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Quantz
For both volumes together there is a piano accompaniment book as well.
This makes it so much more fun to play together. You will be surrounded and sustained by piano chords and melodies. They also make the little pieces suitable for a small concert! Hope your teacher or friends play the piano. The most fun thing I see with my students is when they play together and I accompany them with the piano. Be sure to try it out!
Trevor Wye Daily Practice Books Volumes 1-6
These precious practice books accompany a flutist for a lifetime. They are not to be followed through chronologically, but offer a wide range of exercises and tips tackling the most prominent problems of flute playing. They give valuable advice on how to practice them and is divided into practical parts.
This way whenever you face a problem, you can find the exact solution.
This flute practice dictionary and guide book collection should be on every flutist’s shelf.
Omnibus CD Edition. Composed by Trevor Wye. Music Sales America. Instruction. Softcover with CD. Composed 2015. 240 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV164967. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14050049).
I would definitely advise you to get the 6 books all together as it is a huge saving.
But let us look at them one by one.
1. Sound quality
Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute
This practice book is divided into different chapters, according to what you wish to achieve.
Starting with over all sound quality exercises for all three octaves, it addresses the most problematic notes singularly (like E’ ‘ ‘and F sharp’ ‘ ‘). Subsequently, it discusses timbre, color, breathing, flexibility and intonation very profoundly and gives a lot of examples.
Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 2: Book 2 – Technique
Using Gaubert and Taffanel Scales this practice book tackles all technical issues and proposes regular training for optimal progression.
Many Exercises are accompanied by problem explanations and how to overcome them. It is about scales and forces you to address the most difficult parts over and over again.
Moreover, it also offers ways to relax afterwards and make the most of the exercises. Technical problems like thrills all over three octaves are addressed as well.
Arpeggios, sequences and difficult jumps will lead you to the most complicated parts in examples from orchestral excerpts. (e.g. Shostakovitch and R. Strauss)
You will learn about legato, phrasing, single, double and triple staccato.
As you go along, famous orchestral excerpts are presented to you.
This way you study for real life!
In fact, it also contains a chapter about keeping your nerves from sabotaging your performance.
4. Intonation and Vibrato
Practice Book For The Flute Book 4 Intonation And Vibrato
One of the most effective study books of them all is the one about intonation and vibrato.
Those two are the first things we notice in a flutist and should be tackled right from the start. Even for professionals this book has interesting advice on famous orchestral literature, where it is most important to control and adjust those two aspects.
(e.g. Bolero, Scheherazade….)
5. Breathing and expressive scales
Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 5 – Breathing & Scales
A special about breathing and musical phrasing. It is so important to play aligned with your natural and trained breathing.
It adds expression and helps to convey interpretation.
Using it properly will get your audience addicted to those musical magical moments.
But it is no magic, it is breathing technique used on scales and arpeggios with expression. This book also addresses improvising and playing by heart.
6. For advanced flutists
Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 6 – Advanced Practice
Dedicated to Geoffrey Gilbert, an English flutist influenced by French colorful and flexible style. It is like a review of what you have achieved on the flute and how to take it to the next level.
It tackles every aspect and common questions like warming up, playing piano and pianissimo, alternative fingering and the fourth octave.
A wonderful guide to high level awareness in flute playing.
If you get one, you will want them all, so why not save a lot of money with the omnibus edition you can find clicking on the image below!
How to use Trevor Wye Practice Book
In addition to the practice books, still different editors offer a guidebook on how to use them. I can only strongly advise to try it out, as it closes the gab from advanced student to professionalism.
Therefore, it can help in the most frequent situations for an expert flutist, like auditions, competitions, concerts and as a teacher.
It focuses more on how to actually practice, as the exercises are in the other books.
A very useful guide to effective studying and making the most of it.
With this guide you can create your very own practice routine, remaining flexible and open.
As a result, you will be able to adjust your practice strategy according to different situations in your flute life.
Furthermore, the posture and gesture check-up is also very helpful. Verifying your attitude to the flute will maximize your efforts. It addresses all important aspects of a professional flutist and will round up your practice library!
In addition to that and to complete your flutist existence, try out the Piccolo as well. There are some interesting insights in this guide book and more about piccolo flutes and practice on our website if you go to piccolo practice specials.
Trevor Wye’s Practice books
In conclusion, Trevor Wye Practice Books are a must have on the shelf of every flutist, regardless of the level of playing. It is very beneficial to tackle single situations and technical challenges singularly and without stress.
Learning how to play the flute on an advanced level is no black whole.
You can do it! You can learn anything.
Train your ear and have fun, relax and enjoy!
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