October '09 EWI Technique Exercises

This month I want to deal with deglitching your EWI technique.  From working on my own fingering technique over the years and working with my students it's apparent that the main cause of glitching comes from the 3rd finger or ring finger. These exercises will serve to work that finger and make it stronger and faster. Practice all exercises slurred and use K2 (middle finger) for C. Start at slower tempos and gradually increase speed to as fast as you can play without glitching. Practice in all octaves, especially extreme low and high. When practicing an exercise play five times in a row correctly before increasing tempo. Patient and disciplined practice of these exercises will decrease propensity for glitching.