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Flute For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-59579-4
384 pages
November 2009
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Part I: A Prelude to Flute Playing 7

Chapter 1: So You Want to Play the Flute 9

Chapter 2: Getting to Know the Flute 13

Chapter 3: Choosing Your Instrument 29

Chapter 4: Understanding Music Notation 55

Part II: Playing the Flute: Just Wiggle Your Fingers and Blow! 81

Chapter 5: Getting Down to Basics: Before You Begin 83

Chapter 6: Making Flute Sounds 101

Chapter 7: Putting It All Together: The Flute and You 113

Chapter 8: Playing Your First Notes 129

Chapter 9: Higher, Lower, and in Between: More Advanced Notes 139

Chapter 10: Between the Notes: Slurring and Tonguing 153

Chapter 11: Getting Up to the Second Octave163

Part III: Above and Beyond: Essential Intermediate Techniques 177

Chapter 12: Making That Elusive Big, Beautiful Sound 179

Chapter 13: Adding Vibrato: You Want Fries with That Shake? 191

Chapter 14: High Flutin': Making the Top Notes Sing 201

Chapter 15: Controlling Pitch: Do You Need a Tuneup? 219

Chapter 16: Faster Tonguing and Getting Your Trills 237

Part IV: Darn Tootin’: An Accompaniment to Your Growing Skills 259

Chapter 17: Revisiting the Practice Studio: Establishing a Routine 261

Chapter 18: Taking Your Playing to New Heights: Teachers, Ensembles, and Performances 285

Chapter 19: Repair and Maintenance: Taking Care of Your Instrument 299

Part V: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 20: Don't Blow It! Ten Bad Habits to Avoid at All Costs 309

Chapter 21: Ten Flutists You Need to Hear 317

Chapter 22: Ten Different Types of Flutes 325

Part VI: Appendixes 335

Appendix A: Fingering Charts 337

Appendix B: About the CD 351

Index 359

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