Kujala, W. - The Flutist's Vade Mecum
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|TITLE:||The Flutist's Vade Mecum|
A few words from WALFRID KUJALA about his Vade Mecum:
The Flutist's Vade Mecum, SECOND EDITION, is a greatly expanded, all-encompassing approach to the study and perfection of scale, arpeggio, trill and finger technique. As the author explains in the introduction of this hardbound 135-page volume, "This book is intended not just for the initial learning of scales and arpeggios but for permanent and ongoing improvement of this material through diligent review. Each section is supplied with advice regarding the most appropriate practice methods (10 pages of explanatory text). Think of this Vade Mecum ("Go with me" in Latin) as a steady companion, always available for review and renewal."
The first edition appeared in 1995 in soft cover 9 x 12. The new edition is expanded (44 pages longer!), hard cover, 10 x 13 smythe sewn pages so that it will rest on the stand in open position without stress on the spine of the book. This more durable format is truly designed for the concept ofVade Mecum ("Go with me"), intended to maintain structural integrity for the span of one's flute playing career.
"A refreshing skeptic to the dogmatic proponents of 'one note, one fingering', Kujala enjoys, as I do, devising alternate fingerings for quality, smoothness, intonation, and, I suspect, for fun... Above all, Kujala is a scientist of the flute, a thorough researcher, an experimenter, and a tolerant author who is not obsessed with certitudes, either his own or those of prior generations."