Piccolo Craft is a new and unique teach-yourself piccolo manual. It assumes you are an enthusiastic and reasonably proficient flute player, perhaps Grade 8 as a minimum standard, wanting to learn the piccolo or to enhance your abilities on the instrument.
The book begins with explanation and exercises using efficient techniques to adapt your own flute playing skills to the piccolo. It then proceeds to discuss the craft of orchestral piccolo playing, on topics ranging from where to set the head-cork to ways to prepare yourself for the most exciting moments in the repertoire!
Andrew Lane is the hugely well - respected piccolo player in the CBSO and there is a rich vein of experience in evidence running all the way through this amazing book. Everything you ever wanted to know is here from how to buy an instrument to food and exercise before an audition. There are photos, illustrations, exercises, repertoire lists, fingering charts and advice dispensed with wisdom on every page. The attention to detail is astonishing - there is a page and a half on how to clean out the flute - and the approach is personal and completely refreshing. If you are at all interested in this most fascinating of instruments then this is just what you need.
Reviewed by Dennis(Professional/Teacher) - 4 years ago
After years of using school-owned, military-owned (odd thought, that), or borrowed piccolos when I needed one I finally have my own beautiful Bulgheroni 501. I had received two questions from an orchestral manager of a group playing Beethoven 9: 1) Do you play piccolo? and 2) Do you have one? I had to reply "Yes." & "No". Clearly that is not going to get you the job, however, I told him I would by the time of the first rehearsal. And I got the job.
My instrument loved those ten minutes or so of playing with the contrabassoon and the big bass drum, et al.
So now that I had one I looked around for sound advice. I found, aside from having a year or more of private lessons, only a few print resources. There is, of course, the Trevor Wye & Patricia Morris "Practice Book for piccolo". It is an important and useful resource. But what I was missing were the stories and hidden knowledge I have heard after years of flute festivals, masterclasses and so on.
But now there is this wonderful material for serious piccolo players by a great writer and player who has written detailed, step-by-step advice plus fascinating and amusing stories. Have you, for instance, heard of Gurreleider whistles? Thank you Andrew Lane, principal piccolo, City of Birminham Symphony Orchestra.