These delightful etudes by Ernesto Koehler (Op. 33) have endless benefits for an intermediate player. Each one succinctly addresses a particular idea – be it articulation, phrasing, or an expressive gesture – consistently throughout the etude. Thus their instruction is focused and, due to their brevity, a student can be assigned two to four a week. Consequently, the rewards are great!
Recommendations on how to work on these etudes: 1)At all times, think and play rhythmically and musically 2)Always respire deeply; fully inflating before beginning, and when there are pauses or fermatas, allowing complete inhalation to begin again. 3)Be meticulous in observing all articulations. 4)Observe the dynamics: they are very clear and help to shape the phrasing. 5)Strive to perform each study at the tempo indicated.