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Developing Jazz Technique for Flute


  • Staff Pick
  • Editor's Choice

Approved Exam Music

Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

Trinity College Jazz exam syllabus
5, 6, 7, 8

Staff Pick

“Great introduction to jazz flute”

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

This book is part of the Jazz Method for Flute Series and comes with an accompanying CD. Jazz books specifically for the flute are rare and this one is really very informative. In addition to the standard tunes with and without improvisation there is much material that can be used by all players of varying standards. For example there are accompaniments on the CD to major and minor scales and arpeggios plus other chords and variations which are to played a tone lower in sequence without a break - very good practise for everyone (especially me!). There are tables of modes, chords and trill fingerings and exercises for singing and playing, flutter-tonguing and lip glissandi, all of which can be incorporated into the music. The vibrato demo is worth a listen and there is plenty of reading material as well. The photographs of jazz flute players are very interesting and you even get a performance of some Bach!

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


  • Ear-training
  • The tunes
  • Improvising with modes and scales
  • Vibrato
  • Improvisation on simple harmonic forms
  • J.S. Bach as a model for development of the melodic line
  • Special effects
  • More special effects
  • II-V-I in major and minor
  • More on the Blues
  • Transposition and melodix displacement
  • Diminished and whole tone scales
  • 2/4 Time: Ragtime and Samba
  • The Blues Part III and "Rhythm changes
  • Patterns
  • A basic repertoire of tunes

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Jazz Flute Study Books
Publisher: Schott
Publisher's reference: ED12760
Our Stock Code: 1055276
Media Type: Paperback (88 pages [score])