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Philip Sparke’s Skilful Studies is the second volume of a progressive series of study books that takes the young wind player from beginner to accomplished musician. Following on from Starter Studies, and preceeding Super Studies, this collection generally contains longer pieces suitable for the developing young musician. Specifically tailored for each instrument, Skilful Studies introduces the concept of phrasing by suggesting suitable breathing points and takes the player into new keys with extended instrumental ranges. New notes are introduced in a gradual and logical manner; woodwind players are taken into their second octave, learning to cross the ‘break’ as smoothly as possible and Brass players have their range extended both upwards and downwards.