Geoffrey Gilbert wrote this book during a disastrous vacation in 1986 at a cottage in Swerford, Oxfordshire. It didn’t stop raining all month, so he had to find an indoor activity to amuse himself with and the result was this book. It contains a variety of scalar studies and other technical passages based on orchestral excerpts.
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