The Centering Studies simply are long tone exercises the work on air flow and positioning notes. The goal of the exercise is creating an easy start and ending on that same note with a better sound. 1a creates a home base for the player. As the exercise develops, the farther the player ventures off from home base. Players should strive to move effectively to farther away pitches, but always return to home base as firmly as they established it. Once the players finished a full exercises, the home base changes. There are three major levels: Centered on G, C, and E.
This is a great way to start your daily routine. The design of the exercise helps establish quick response and see how effectively you are playing on that given day. For younger students, you can use it as a way to develop high range in a healthy manner. The exercises guides students to the high range in step-wise motion from the given home base. This helps students establish correct habits, then test new possible notes.