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The Flute Player's Book
Includes CD

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“Aussie flute!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

Subtitled 'Everything You Wanted To Know About Playing The Flute', this is Australia's answer to the Gilbert Legacy. The distinguished performer and teacher Vernon Hill has produced his own philosophy of playing methods and backed it all up with a CD, referred to throughout the text. Everything is covered here from the 'basic ingredients for flute playing', through rhythm and phrasing to advanced tone and vibrato and how to cope with stage fright. Contents include an exercise with paper to aid articulation, a 'medical explanation' of how to breathe and the Vernon Hill Check List to help practice. All the exercises on the CD are clearly explained and well-performed, and some of the material is thought provoking. For example there is a delay diagram to explain why you need to use a stronger sound when articulating short notes. This is all held together by the mantra 'each performance must have absolute rhythmic security and total musical conviction'. This is a very interesting work and deserves attention even if everything within its covers is not exactly to our taste.


  1. Basic ingredients for flute playing
  2. The flute sound - how a sound is produced
  3. Changing the tonal qualities
  4. Detache or breath pulse
  5. Practice procedures
  6. Harmonics for tone development
  7. Intonation and pitch control - understanding how to play in tune
  8. Musical phrasing - how to say something in your playing
  9. Articulation and using the tongue
  10. Practical breathing techniques
  11. Advanced tone and vibrato
  12. Performing nerves - how to cope with stage fright
  13. Checklists, charts, important points and exercises

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Flute Technique Manuals
Publisher: Independent
Publisher's reference: 701315866
Our Stock Code: 1006476
Media Type: Paperback (143 pages [score]); includes accompaniment CD

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