Sometime last year year I purchased three books put out by Mr. Thibaud which were published by Balquihidder Music. Lolumes one and two emphasize the use of pedal notes a great deal while book three(Cromatic Studies and Etudes) is a more tradional type of etude book. The etude book has gone a long way in improving my playing while the I have stayed away from the first two books as I feel they open up my aperture too much. I believe Thibaud developed these practise systems only after an illness. I have seen previous etude books by Thibaud published by Billaudot Editions. Is anyone familiar with the older studies? Was his use of pedal tones greatly used then as well? Has anyone had any success with his recent method and Vocalise studies(Vol. 1 and 2)? If so, how do you get the most out of this system as there is no guide in these books.