Synopses & Reviews
The fast and easy way to learn flute!
Whether you've never touched a flute or want to dust yours off and start playing again, this friendly, easy-to-follow guide walks you through everything you need to know to prepare for and play the flute, from buying your first instrument to playing, practicing, and caring for a flute.
So you want to play the flute — get the basics on this popular woodwind instrument, appreciate its great legacy, and receive expert tips on what you need to know before you begin playing
Flute 101 — discover the anatomy of a flute, get advice on what to look for when buying or renting a flute, and learn to read music notation
Playing your first notes — start making beautiful music with helpful descriptions, illustrations, and exercises incorporating the first octave on the flute
Making those high flutin' sounds — move on to more advanced notes using the second octave and practice along with melodies
Playing in perfect harmony — fine-tune your sound, add vibrato, and make your third octave notes sing
Open the book and find:
Hands-on exercises, practice lessons, and examples
Tips on posture and breathing
The right way to position your hands and fingers
Warm-ups, scales, and studies to hone your skills
Techniques to correct out-of-tune notes
When and how to find a flute teacher
Advice on repairing and maintaining a flute
Suggestions for building your repertoire
Bonus CD Includes
- Flute and keyboard tracks for you to reference and play along with
- Samples demonstrating correct tempo, rhythm, and notes
- Individual note tracks so that you can compare your pitch and play correctly, right from the start
Flute For Dummies offers flute instruction to beginners and reintroduces the instrument to those who have had training before. Flute For Dummies includes thorough instruction and practice (accompanied by audio samples on the enclosed CD) designed to enable readers to become adept enough to play alone or as part of a group or orchestra.
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!
Flute for Dummies is an excellent primer for those with little or no experience with the instrument. Following along with the book's accompanying CD, readers can learn the nuances of playing the flute as an accompanying instrument or for playing a solo, in a variety of musical styles. This title uses easy-to-understand methods and instructions to make learning to play the instrument as simple and straightforward as possible.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Part I: A Prelude to Flute Playing.
Chapter 1: So You Want to Play the Flute.
Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Flute.
Chapter 3: Choosing Your Instrument.
Chapter 4: Understanding Music Notation.
Part II: Playing the Flute: Just Wiggle Your Fingers and Blow!
Chapter 5: Getting Down to Basics: Before You Begin.
Chapter 6: Making Flute Sounds.
Chapter 7: Putting It All Together: The Flute and You.
Chapter 8: Playing Your First Notes.
Chapter 9: Higher, Lower, and in Between: More Advanced Notes.
Chapter 10: Between the Notes: Slurring and Tonguing.
Chapter 11: Getting Up to the Second Octave.
Part III: Above and Beyond: Essential Intermediate Techniques.
Chapter 12: Making That Elusive Big, Beautiful Sound.
Chapter 13: Adding Vibrato: You Want Fries with That Shake?
Chapter 14: High Flutin': Making the Top Notes Sing.
Chapter 15: Controlling Pitch: Do You Need a Tuneup?
Chapter 16: Faster Tonguing and Getting Your Trills.
Part IV: Darn Tootin': An Accompaniment to Your Growing Skills.
Chapter 17: Revisiting the Practice Studio: Establishing a Routine.
Chapter 18: Taking Your Playing to New Heights: Teachers, Ensembles, and Performances.
Chapter 19: Repair and Maintenance: Taking Care of Your Instrument.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Don’t Blow It! Ten Bad Habits to Avoid at All Costs.
Chapter 21: Ten Flutists You Need to Hear.
Chapter 22: Ten Different Types of Flutes.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Fingering Charts.
Appendix B: About the CD.