Tune of the Day: Octaves
This study in octaves is taken from Ernesto Köhler's 25 Romantic Studies, Op. 66. It may look a bit complex at first, but it's an excellent piece to develop a better embouchure. You can start out by playing only the first note in each slurred group, so that you can better focus on the melody and phrase it musically. Then add in the octaves, always marking the first of the slurred notes (that's the meaning of the direction at the beginning of the piece, “marcando sempre la prima delle note legate”). Try not to vary your embouchure too much when changing octaves, or you won't be able to speed things up later on.