From the Publisher
The first volume in the Step by Step series contains 14 structured lessons, a DVD and 2 CDs. The aim of this book is to provide all beginners with an opportunity to have fun whilst learning the flute. The 2 CDs included with this book contain performances of each piece to demonstrate how it should be done, along with play along tracks. The separate piano accompaniment book that is available for live performances also helps to develop the listening and interactive skills required for playing as part of an ensemble. Throughout the clearly presented lessons the student will find entertaining pieces, games and other activities which reinforce the area of learning within thelesson. Step by Step, together with the DVD, demonstrates the more practical aspects of playing and is a comprehensive and innovative method designed to achieve the theoretical and technical knowledge required for playing the flute. Due to the fact that Step by Step proceeds at a slow place it is an ideal method for younger learners or those who need to progress at a more gradual rate. Step by Step - A definitive method covering all aspect of learning.
As is common, this book comes with a DVD as well as two playalong CDs, and the quality of both resources is good. The 20-minute DVD covers the basics (posture, how to put the flute together, maintenence etc) up to the production of the first note, and it's all very clearly presented. The CDs are unusual in that the performance and the backing only are on the same track number, which might encourage pupils to play without the tune. The book itself progresses slowly, the emphasis being on establishing a good sound through small technical steps: middle octave G is reached by the end with F sharp and B flat the only chromatics covered. An interesting addition to the crowded world of the flute tutor.