Flute Scales and Arpeggios and Sight-reading
ABRSM Grades 1-5
Published by Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
“…designed to meet the needs of candidates preparing for Associated Board examinations (UK) and to provide support materials for woodwind teachers.”
Scales and arpeggios:
Learning scales and arpeggios helps you to develop reliable muscle-memory for common finger movements, and to improve your tone control across the full note range. It also helps you to develop your pitch and interval awareness, and to become familar with keys and their related patterns.
You can find a complete list of scales and arpeggios required for Grades 1-5 in the back of this book. In the exam, they should be played from memory. The given metronome marks are for guidance only. Slurred requirements should be legato throughout. Choosing where to breathe is left to your discretion but breaths should disturb the flow as little as possible.
Learning to sight-read helps you to develop quick recognition of keys and tonality, rhythm and common patterns of beats. It also helps you to learn to keep going even when you make mistakes, and work music out for yourself – which makes learning new pieces quicker and easier.
In the exam, you will be asked to play a short unaccompanined piece of music that you have not previously seen. You will be given half a minute in which to look through and, if you wish, try out all or any part of the test before you are asked to play it to the examiner for assessment. For the full sight-reading parameters, please see the syllabus.