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Twelve Lessons and Duets


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“A new approach”

Chris Hankin Just Flutes staff member -
This interesting book presents a different way of advancing technique in a young player. Starting off with a Sonority exercise, the book then uses 12 lessons to develop not only playing skills but also musical awareness. Each lesson uses theme and variation form to explore how changes of tempo, dynamic and articulation can affect the difficulty and the character of each piece. Duets are not strictly connected to the specific lessons, but they test ensemble playing quite considerably. Also included is a comprehensive fingering chart, breathing exercises, advice on posture and embouchure with simple illustrations, and a section on Prinicpals of Phrasing. Perhaps not everything here will be to your liking but you would certainly find much of the material very useful indeed.

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Composer's Notes

Twelve lessons and duets for flute covers the intermediate range of flute playing, from after the initial methods to the intermediate level (approximately ABRSM Grade 6). The lessons are designed in theme in variation format, with two or more variations per theme designed to highlight specific musical concepts and flute playing techniques that students need to master at this level. The duets are selected from a wide range of style periods (1521 to 2011) and are broadly contrapuntal, emphasizing musical content and depth over raw technical difficulty. The book was conceived partly as a reaction to Moyse' 25 Études mélodique (Var) and 24 Petites études mélodique (Var) (1928) and follows the same pattern of little melodic studies with variations, but with an updated approach more suited to a slightly younger or lower level beginner. It is also more focussed on teaching musical concepts rather than purely flute technique. Each lesson is followed by a duet, covering a range of periods and all roughly in a contrapuntal "bicinium" style. The music is flanked by some general theory and technique sections including a fingering chart, a section on phrasing and some posture exercises. I use this book for all my students now and have found that it can be slotted pretty soon after the beginner stage (but is also useful later as sight reading). My method is to start the student with "Learn as You Play the Flute" by Peter Wastall up until the end of the first section, after the first set of recital pieces. While the student is learning the recital pieces I teach them the remaining chromatic notes and accompanying scales. Then I introduce "Twelve Lessons", relegating "Learn as you Play" to additional sight reading material status. Once "LayPtF" is exhausted I introduce the Rubank "Advanced Method 1" and use it with "Twelve Lessons". This works really well for me and appears relatively painless even for students with no prior musical experience.

Difficulty guide: 4-6
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Flute
Category: Flute Studies
Publisher: Independent
Our Stock Code: 1327199
Media Type: Paperback