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Flute For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-48445-6
384 pages
December 2009
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An excellent primer for those with little or no experience playing the flute

Always wanted to play the flute? Are you a former flautist who wants to refresh your skills? Flute For Dummies is the guide for you. Following along with the book's accompanying CD, you will learn the nuances of playing the flute as an accompanying instrument or for playing a solo, in a variety of musical styles.

  • Readers will learn how to play, step-by-step – from the correct angle for blowing into the mouthpiece and controlling pitch, to proper breathing, creating vibrato, and much more
  • The book's accompany CD allows readers to play what they are learning, and listen to the accompanying track to see if they're getting it right
  • Karen Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Artist in Residence and Adjunct Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University

Easy-to-understand methods and instructions make learning to play this beautiful instrument as simple and straightforward as possible!

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Table of Contents

Part I: A Prelude to Flute Playing 7

Chapter 1: So You Want to Play the Flute 9

Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Flute 13

Chapter 3: Choosing Your Instrument 29

Chapter 4: Understanding Music Notation 55

Part II: Playing the Flute: Just Wiggle Your Fingers and Blow! 81

Chapter 5: Getting Down to Basics: Before You Begin 83

Chapter 6: Making Flute Sounds 101

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together: The Flute and You 113

Chapter 8: Playing Your First Notes 129

Chapter 9: Higher, Lower, and in Between: More Advanced Notes 139

Chapter 10: Between the Notes: Slurring and Tonguing 153

Chapter 11: Getting Up to the Second Octave163

Part III: Above and Beyond: Essential Intermediate Techniques 177

Chapter 12: Making That Elusive Big, Beautiful Sound 179

Chapter 13: Adding Vibrato: You Want Fries with That Shake? 191

Chapter 14: High Flutin': Making the Top Notes Sing 201

Chapter 15: Controlling Pitch: Do You Need a Tuneup? 219

Chapter 16: Faster Tonguing and Getting Your Trills 237

Part IV: Darn Tootin’: An Accompaniment to Your Growing Skills 259

Chapter 17: Revisiting the Practice Studio: Establishing a Routine 261

Chapter 18: Taking Your Playing to New Heights: Teachers, Ensembles, and Performances 285

Chapter 19: Repair and Maintenance: Taking Care of Your Instrument 299

Part V: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 20: Don't Blow It! Ten Bad Habits to Avoid at All Costs 309

Chapter 21: Ten Flutists You Need to Hear 317

Chapter 22: Ten Different Types of Flutes 325

Part VI: Appendixes 335

Appendix A: Fingering Charts 337

Appendix B: About the CD 351

Index 359

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Author Information

Karen Evans Moratz is Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Artist in Residence and Associate Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University. She is a founding member of the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

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Press Release

January 11, 2010
FLUTE FOR DUMMIES: Learn to play, practice, and care for a flute the fast and easy way.

For beginning and experienced flutists, the newly published Flute For Dummies® (Wiley; 978-0-470-48445-6; December 2009) offers insider tips and helpful advice on everything from music notation and sound production to finger technique and practice routines. Written by Karen Evans Moratz, Principal Flutist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the book serves as a “Flute 101” lesson - with an accompanying CD that allows readers to play along with the exercises and listen to complete arrangements.

Besides being the ISO’s Principal Flutist, author Karen Evans Moratz is an artist in Residence and Associate Professor of Flute at the School of Music/Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University and a founding member of both the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. She was recently featured in a recital playing a duet with William “Wibb” Bennett, one of the world’s most accomplished and noted flutists. 

Playing Swanlake Fantasy for two flutes and piano by Toke Lund Christiansen, Moratz joined Bennett in a November 5, 2009 performance that marked the first time she’d played in a concert setting with her former teacher and mentor. The concert was part of the visiting artist series at the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club, was sponsored by The Indy Flute Shop, IndyFlute and The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Chapter 21 of Flute For Dummies, “Ten Flutists You Need to Hear,” includes a profile of Bennett , who was presented with a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1995 and is among the world’s most celebrated artists. He has performed with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the London Symphony, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra.  Bennett is a noted soloist and has performed the world over.

Learn about other famous flutists and pick up the basics with Flute For Dummies!

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