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Air Becomes Sound for Flute

Let Your Flute Playing Blossom

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“A new slant on working with sound.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is an unusual book that puts a new slant on how to practise sound and tonal control. 'Air Becomes Sound' puts the focus on opening up standard exercises to look at them differently. For example, the Five-Minute Meditation uses words to help with the breathing/blowing technique, Rampal's Secret starts with bell tones which develops into double tonguing and Ghost Tones which is based on a Geoffrey Gilbert exercise for control of high notes. This really does make you think differently about how you blow. Just another tone book? Absolutely not!

From the Publisher

Let your flute playing blossom!

A workbook for sound development by Gaspar Hoyos
Intermediate to advanced level

"At last a method that links technique and music!

We feel the music coming alive from the first note, we learn to experiment and develop with joy and curiosity.

It is a vibrant tribute, through its constant desire for expression, to the great Masters of the French flute school who taught us their art and mastery of the instrument.

A lot of humanism and a fusional relationship between human subjectivity totally assumed, and Music through the instrument.

Bravo and thanks to Gaspar Hoyos and to Tetractys Publishing."

- Emmanuel Pahud

Difficulty guide: 6-8
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Introduction
  • Practice Tips
  • Chapter 1. Breathing and Support
    • Five-Minute Meditation
    • Glissando to Find Your Voice
    • Miraculous Octaves
    • Beautiful Air Flow
    • Jean-Pierre Rampal's Sunshine
  • Chapter 2. Expressive Articulation
    • Rampal's Secret
    • Mr Taffanel's Expressive Scales
  • Chapter 3. Sound Lab
    • Harmonics for a Happy Flute
    • Harmonics for a Luminous Flute
    • Ghost Tones
  • Chapter 4. Open Up
    • Singing Arpeggios
    • Invigorating Arpeggios
    • Vocalise (based on J. S. Bach's First Cello Suite)
    • For Smooth Register Changes
  • Chapter 5. Where Has the Dolce Gone?
    • Waltzing for a diminuendo
    • Pentatonic Scales for Nuances
    • For the Real pp
    • Sweet Beethoven
    • Appalachian Intervals

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Flute Technique Books
Publisher: Tetractys Publishing
Publisher's reference: 81525/2
Our Stock Code: 1635331
Media Type: Paperback (64 pages [score])

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