Simple Flutes: A Guide to Flute Making and Playing, or How to Make and Play Great Homemade Musical Instruments for Children and All Ages from Bamboo, Wood, Clay, Metal, PVC Plastic, or Anything Else

Overview

Simple flutes of bamboo, wood, metal, plastic, or clay can be a joy to play and make. This book gives you the basics of simple flute playing, then offers guidelines for making flutes of your own from a variety of materials. It even includes a handy chart for "where to put the holes." "Simple Flutes" is a must for simple flute players and makers!

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Mark Shepard is the author of "How to Love Your Flute," hailed by Paul Horn as "a ...

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Overview

Simple flutes of bamboo, wood, metal, plastic, or clay can be a joy to play and make. This book gives you the basics of simple flute playing, then offers guidelines for making flutes of your own from a variety of materials. It even includes a handy chart for "where to put the holes." "Simple Flutes" is a must for simple flute players and makers!

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Mark Shepard is the author of "How to Love Your Flute," hailed by Paul Horn as "a model for our times," as well as the craft guide "Simple Flutes." For many years, he was a professional artisan, making and selling flutes of bamboo or plastic.

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"Contains the essense of a tremendous amount of experience." -- Sam Hinton, Sing Out

"An excellent overview." -- Monty Levenson, Tai Hei Shakuhachi

"A slim, elegantly presented, and highly practical guide. . . . First-rate, user friendly." -- Midwest Book Review, Aug. 2002

"This thin volume contains a wealth of information." -- Linda Dailey Paulson, Dirty Linen, Oct.-Nov. 2002

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CONTENTS

1 ~ PLAYING

The Sound ~ The Hands ~ The Notes ~ Second Octave ~ Sharps and Flats ~ Breath and Tonguing ~ Making Music ~ Flute Care ~

2~ MAKING

Flute Qualities ~ The Flute Tube ~ The Mouthhole ~ The Fingerholes ~ Tuning ~ Stoppers ~ Finishes ~ Plastic ~ Bamboo ~ Wood ~ Clay ~ Metal ~ Other ~

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SAMPLE TEXT

Here are the two most important rules for tuning:

-- A hole will give a higher note if it is placed closer to the mouthhole. It will give a lower note if placed farther away.

-- A hole will give a higher note if made larger. It will give a lower note if smaller.

These rules mean you can "raise" a note by enlarging the hole or by placing the hole closer to the mouthhole. You can "lower" the note by using a smaller hole or by placing the hole farther from the mouthhole.

It also means you can change the hole size and its placement without changing the note. A larger hole could be placed farther from the mouthhole, or a smaller hole placed closer to the mouthhole.

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FLUTE BOOKS BY MARK SHEPARD

HOW TO LOVE YOUR FLUTE: A Guide to Flutes and Flute Playing, or How to Play the Flute, Choose One, and Care for It, Plus Flute History, Flute Science, Folk Flutes, and More. A complete guide for anyone who plays the flute or ever wanted to. Use it along with flute lessons or even to teach yourself! This book covers everything you need and more -- selection and care, flute technique, fingering, playing by ear, reading music, flute history, flutes around the world, and modern folk flutes. "How to Love Your Flute" will appeal to all flutists, from beginning to advanced.

SIMPLE FLUTES: A Guide to Flute Making and Playing, or How to Make and Play Great Homemade Musical Instruments from Bamboo, Wood, Clay, Metal, PVC Plastic, or Anything Else. Gives you the basics of simple flute playing, then offers guidelines for making flutes of your own from a variety of materials. It even includes a handy chart for "where to put the holes." "Simple Flutes" is a must for simple flute players and makers!

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Editorial Reviews

Sam Hinton
Contains the essence of a tremendous amount of experience.
Sing Out
Monty Levenson
An excellent overview for those interested in learning more about simple side-blown flutes.
Tai Hei Shakuhachi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780938497189
  • Publisher: Shepard Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST PBK
  • Pages: 46
  • Sales rank: 439,145
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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Here are the two most important rules for tuning.
  • A hole will give a higher note if it is placed closer to the mouthhole. It will give a lower note if placed farther away.
  • A hole will give a higher note if made larger. It will give a lower note if smaller.

These rules mean you can "raise" a note by enlarging the hole or by placing the hole closer to the mouthhole. You can "lower" the note by using a smaller hole or by placing the hole farther from the mouthhole.

It also means you can change the hole size and its placement without changing the note. A larger hole could be placed farther from the mouthhole, or a smaller hole placed closer to the mouthhole.

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Table of Contents

1. PLAYING
The Sound
The Hands
The Notes
Second Octave
Sharps and Flats
Breath and Tonguing
Making Music
Flute Care

2. MAKING
Flute Qualities
The Flute Tube
The Mouthhole
The Fingerholes
Tuning
Stoppers
Finishes
Plastic
Bamboo
Wood
Clay
Metal
Other
APPENDIX RESOURCES

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