How to Play the Flute: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Flute

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How to Play the Flute is a new kind of flute tutor. It combines over fifty carefully selected musical pieces with illustrations, diagrams, and text to give students a full, clear explanation of the basics of flute playing. Progressing in easy stages, How to Play the Flute takes one from simple melodies to ...

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Overview

How to Play the Flute is a new kind of flute tutor. It combines over fifty carefully selected musical pieces with illustrations, diagrams, and text to give students a full, clear explanation of the basics of flute playing. Progressing in easy stages, How to Play the Flute takes one from simple melodies to the music of Bach and Scott Joplin.

How to Play the Flute covers all the basics, including:

  • Purchasing and caring for your instrument
  • Reading music
  • Breathing techniques
  • Improving tone
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312288617
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 288,920
  • Product dimensions: 7.21 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Harrison is a freelance composer, teacher, performer, and writer. He lives in Exeter, England.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Part 1 Basics 3
Your flute 4
How the flute makes a sound 6
Shaping the air-jet 7
Making the first sound 9
Breathing 11
How music is written down 14
Reading music 21
Holding the flute 23
Fingering diagrams 27
Part 2 Playing the flute 28
The note B 30
The note A 31
The note G 32
The slur 35
The notes C, F 35
The note B[Flat](A[Sharp]) 38
Centreing the flute 40
The note F[Sharp](G[Flat]) 42
Tonguing 43
The note E 45
The tie 47
The notes D, low D 49
Some help with the lower notes 51
The notes low C[Sharp](D[Flat]), low C 51
The notes E[Flat](D[Sharp]), low E[Flat](D[Sharp]) 55
More tone improvement 56
The note C[Sharp](D[Flat]) 61
The note G[Sharp](A[Flat]) 63
A recap on tone quality 64
The second register 66
The notes E, F (second register) 67
The notes F[Sharp](G[Flat]), G, G[Sharp](A[Flat]), A (second register) 72
Harmonics 74
Staccato 77
Dynamics 79
The notes A[Sharp](B[Flat]), B, C, C[Sharp](D[Flat]) (second register), D, D[Sharp](E[Flat]), E (third register) 87
Part 3 Going on 94
Where to go from here 95
Unfamiliar rhythms 96
Vibrato 97
Some special effects 99
Musical terms 101
Fingering chart 102
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Excellent!

    I highly recommend this book. My own playing improved immediately after beginning to use this book. This is the best book I have seen for people who are trying to learn to play without paying for lessons!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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