The Top Octave Book – Playing With Artistry for Flute or Piccolo by Patricia George
Spiral bound, 76 pages.
Have you ever said, “I love my top octave?” If you are like most flute and piccolo players, the answer is no. The Top Octave Book is a methodical approach to playing with control and artistry in the third register. With exercises to develop the embouchure, conquer the fingering combinations, and develop control of the air stream, this book culminates with Barrett’s 40 Progressive Melodies for Oboe transposed up an octave, along with phrasing suggestions, to develop artistry and fluidity in the top register.
TOP OCTAVE BOOK includes:
•Headjoint activities to develop the embouchure and control the angle of the air.
•Overtone exercises to train the embouchure for a ringing sound on third-partial notes.
•15 preparatory exercises, based on each note from C3 to D4, using chunking techniques to
gain facility and control.
•7 advanced exercises to develop fingering fluency and air control.
•Phrasing tips on building musical interpretation.
•The Barrett 40 Progressive Melodies for Oboe written out 8va, for practice reading music in the ledger lines.
The demands of these melodies develop the ear, the embouchure, lyrical or legato placement of
the fingers, and expressive phrasing.
•Discussion of the top octave fingerings and how they evolved.
The Top Octave Book is designed for advanced high school, college, and professional