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The Piccolo Intonation Book

With 39 Original Etudes

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“A thorough book.”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

This is a really thorough book. Each of the 39 short studies has suggestions for alternative fingerings for the particular note in focus and there can be 6 or 7 alternatives per note in some cases. Not all piccolos have the top G# facilitator or a Brossa F# key and not all the fingerings will work on all piccolos but it's fascinating to be able to explore tuning in such minute detail. The studies themselves are quite simply structured and great to play as exercises in their own right. There is also an interesting section on fourth octave D and E which will appeal to the very adventurous. Other subjects covered include air supply, tone and vibrato, as well as a detailed discussion on different types of piccolo. Everything is backed up by careful research which is fully acknowledged. This is a challenging book but it is also extremely valuable, both as reference guide and as teaching aid.

From the Publisher

The piccolo has become more than an auxiliary instrument; it is a solo instrument. To treat it as such, players need resources to prepare for the demands of teaching and performing on the instrument. I will offer information regarding piccolo pedagogy, the emergence of the piccolo as a solo instrument, intonation in relation to design and performance, and an original etude book highlighting each note of the piccolo to work toward achieving accurate intonation.

Finalist: NFA Newly Published Music Awards 2024

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


  • 39 Original Etudes for Piccolo Intonation
  • Design of the Piccolo and Effects on Intonation
  • Piccolo Performance in Relation to Intonation
  • The Recent History of Piccolo Pedagogy
  • Reglar and Alternate Fingering Chart

Item Details


  • Part 1: Piccolo
Category: Piccolo Study Books
Publisher: ALRY Publications
Publisher's reference: P42
Our Stock Code: 1683400
Media Type: Paperback (58 pages [score])

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