These exercises are written to improve finger, articulation and breathing technique as well as to increase in speed. They can be used on treble recorders with either German or English fingerings. As daily exercises, when mastered completely, they should be played through in 40 minutes all together. At each stage compare the time taken with the figure in seconds given at the end of each exercise, and aim at the performance of the complete book within the prescribed time. Of course, any part of it may be used as practice material and in your own time. If nothing else is mentioned, play both legato as well as staccato.
The player will notice that each exercise has its own individual structure, melodically, rhythmically or harmonically; he/she is advised to trace and consider these musical features. The mastering of the instrument is reached only when the printed music is formally and harmonically completely absorbed and freely expressed while playing.
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Dass die Gestaltung und Anordnung der Übungen den Beobachtungen einer langen Lehrtätigkeit entwachsen ist, scheint mir kaum wichtiger als der Hinweis, dass der Spieler mit dem täglichen Pensum mehr und mehr in dem allzulange vermiedenen chromatischen Raum der Blockflöte heimisch wird und so den Forderungen der Musik seiner Zeit nachkommen kann.
The Daily Lesson – Hans Ulrich Staeps