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Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

£14.99

  • Highly recommended

Staff Pick

“Masterful!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - chrish@justflutes.com

It's interesting, amazing even, to think that it has taken all this time for someone to write down the wit and wisdom that is the teaching of William Bennett. It was worth the wait though! Roderick Seed has done the most thorough job of separating all Wibb's various teaching points, approaching them in a sensible order and explaining them intelligently. He has successfully used his personal experience of studying with Wibb to enhance the original material. All the diagrams, and illustrations complement the text, and the musical examples are all ones that those lucky enough to have seen Wibb in action will recognize. There is something here for every flute player and the book is nothing short of masterful!

From the Publisher

For the first time the exercises and teaching methods of world-renowned flutist William Bennett are featured in one workbook. After more than a decade of study with Bennett and many of his students, Roderick Seed has documented the tools that have made Bennett known for his ability to give the flute the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or the stringed instrument. Topics range from how to overcome basic technical difficulties, such as pitch control, to the tools for phrasing, prosody, tone, and intonation needed for playing with different dynamics and ranges of expression. Advanced musicians will find useful exercises and techniques in this book that will deepen their knowledge and enjoyment of making music and help them in their quest to master the flute.

Reviews

"Bennett's principles of musical expression are rooted in the physics of sound as well as an awareness of compositional construction. ... The principles of phrasing assembled here are applicable to all musicians, whatever their instrument or voice." - Kathryn Lukas, Professor of Music (Flute) at Indiana University Jacob's School of Music

"Now in his eightieth year, [William Bennett] is still in high demand as a teacher at the Royal Academy in London and in masterclasses worldwide. However, finding any of his methods and exercises in writing proves to be difficult, as he hasn't written them down himself. ... Seed has studied extensively with ... Bennett and his students, and has also assisted at his masterclasses, so his knowledge of the material is impressively thorough. Mastering the Flute with William Bennett is an invaluable resource for flute players." - Karen Evans Moratz, Principal Flute in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and author of Flute for Dummies

"Roderick [Seed] has collected a wide range of exercises covering many topics that give the flute player the tools to play with different dynamics and a range of expression, and simultaneously helping them with associated technical difficulties such as pitch control. [He] has introduced my approach to the flute in a clear and logical way with his own insights and experiences." - William Bennett, Foreword, Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

Contents

  1. Finding a Sound
  2. "Harmonics in Tune" Tone
  3. Reaction in the Sound
  4. Attacks, Articulation and Repeated Notes
  5. Prosody: "Elephants And Taxis" 
  6. Harmonics Exercises 
  7. Shakuhachi Exercise for Embouchure Control
  8. Intonation Exercises
  9. Flexibility Exercises
  10. Other Exercises: Whistle Tones and Vocalises
  11. Approaching Melodies

Item Details

Category: Flute Reference Books
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publisher's reference: LCCN2017027711
Our Stock Code: 1415711
Media Type: Paperback (76 pages [score])