Thomas Gale, Melodic Foundation Studies for
Melodic Foundation Studies takes the player
into the intermediate and intermediate-advanced levels. It covers a range 'up
to the octave' and uses all closed hand (Simandl) fingering techniques. The
goal is to have the student learn to play musically in the first six positions
and uses the twenty most common major and minor keys.
Each of the ten main sections is followed by
a "Review Etude" that incorporates the studied rhythms, fingerings
and bowings into a musical setting.