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Flute For Dummies

Karen Evans Moratz

ISBN: 978-0-470-48445-6 December 2009 384 Pages


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!

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