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Category: Tone

Title: Moyse 1

Source: De la Sonorite by Marcel Moyse

These simple series of pitches take the player through the entire range of the instrument. If done correctly, the player
will train the lips, tongue, throat, etc. to make the subtle adjustments needed for good tone that is consistent from one
note to the next. This is as much an exercises for the ear, mind, and focus, as it is for the muscles.


1. Start with a note that is flexible, a relatively short tube length, and not especially difficult to obtain a good tone.
(Example B5 for flute). Play a quarter note then a dotted half note one half step down. Strive for an absolutely
seamless move from one not to the next. The two notes should be absolutely connected through the tone
color. You should not even be able to hear the click the key mechanism. Repeat a second time. Repeat until
satisfied. The second note is now your first, continue down the entire range of the instrument.

2. Go back to the original note. Descend in the same manner in groups of 3s. (2 quarter notes leading to the final
dotted half note)

3. Go back to the original note. Descend in the same manner in groups of 5s. (4 quarter notes leading to the final
dotted half note)

4. Groups of 9s

5. Full range down

6. Repeat steps 1-5, but ascend this time.

Tips for Success:

- Set the bar high for yourself.

- Really listen to the quality of each note.
- Do not repeat each segment more than 5 times. (If you are not satisfied with the quality after 5 repetitions, take
note of that, and come back to it the next practice session).
- Combine with the singing and playing technique if the tone is not coming they way you want it.
- Listen to the tone of great players so you have an aural example in your ear.

Note about the importance of repeats: Nearly all warm-up exercises should be repeated at least once. This is beneficial
both to our physical success of execution as well as to our mind and overall attitude towards conquering challenging
musical techniques. Never get frustrated when first attempting something in a practice session, just improve the second
time. If you are satisfied with your success the first two times, go on to the next part of the exercise. If you are not
happy with either the first or second attempt, repeat a few more times until you are successful. (NOTE: practice
sessions are NOT the same as ensemble rehearsals).

Modifications for other instruments: Flute starting Pitch B5, Saxophone B5, Clarinet F4 or C6, Oboe B5, Bassoon D4

Extended Warmup not explained : Moyse offers at least 3 more versions of this warmup in his book. Please purchase De
la Sonorite for those.