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Funny Music for Young Flutists: Introductory book on Contemporary Playing Technique for Flute
Includes Online Audio

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  • Staff Pick

Staff Pick

“ A perfect book for everyone!”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

The idea of introducing contemporary techniques at an early stage is not new and this smart book will make the task much easier. Most techniques are covered, each one presented with clear descriptions of what to do together with a short study. These have great titles such as 'Getting Kind of Wet' for pizzicato, 'Steam Trains' for whistle tones and 'Morning Call' for harmonics.Towards the end of the book some the techniques are used together. The book itself is colourful and there are downloadable accompaniments to help it all stay in time and sound good. A perfect book for the young and not such a bad idea for the rest of us either!

From the Publisher

The aim of this book is to introduce the young flutists to extended flute techniques and contemporary notation.

Addressed at an early stage, these new playing modes will readily become as common and familiar to them as any other musical language. No longer apprehended as a difficult issue, these extended techniques will enrich the young musician's expressive palette.

A purposely funny and imaginative approach seemed the best way to help overcome all apprehensions.

Each new technique is first discovered through practical exercises then applied in a short performance piece - the musical complement of a regular weekly practice. A recorded version of the pieces is available on the publisher's website.

Enjoy the music and have fun!

Difficulty guide: 3-5
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  1. Notes of variable duration
  2. Key clicks
  3. Aeolian sounds
  4. Pizzicato
  5. Flutter tonguing
  6. Bisbigliando - changes of colour on one note
  7. Glissando
  8. Harmonics
  9. Whistle tone
  10. Mulitphonics
  11. Trills and tremolos
  12. Speed changes of a rhythmic pattern
  13. Tongue ram
  14. Key clicks-pizzicato-tongue ram
  15. Aeolian sounds- whistle tones
  16. Bisbigliandos-glissandos
  17. Harmonics-multiphonics
  18. Notes of variable duration-speed changes of a rhtyhmic pattern
  19. Trills-tremolos-flutter tongue
  20. Crowning moment

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: Specialist Flute Tutor Books
Publisher: Éditions Billaudot
Publisher's reference: GB10091
Our Stock Code: 1499469
Media Type: Paperback (20 pages [score]); includes accompaniment Online Audio