How to Love Your Flute: A Guide to Flutes and Flute Playing, or How to Play, Choose, and Care for a Flute, Plus Flute History and More
A complete guide for anyone who plays the flute or ever wanted to. Use it along with flute lessons or even to teach yourself! This book covers ... Show synopsis A complete guide for anyone who plays the flute or ever wanted to. Use it along with flute lessons or even to teach yourself! This book covers everything you need and more -- selection and care, flute technique, fingering, playing by ear, reading music, flute history, flutes around the world, and modern folk flutes. "How to Love Your Flute" will appeal to all flutists, from beginning to advanced. //////////////////////////// Mark Shepard is the author of "How to Love Your Flute," hailed by Paul Horn as "a model for our times," as well as the craft guide "Simple Flutes." He has played flute professionally in a folk music trio, as a modern dance accompanist, and as a solo theater musician. //////////////////////////// "Shepard has come up with the most unique flute manual I have ever seen. It is direct, complete, informative on every aspect, and -- most important -- comes from the standpoint of pure love and respect for the instrument. . . . [This] book serves as a model for our times, and it is an inspiration for those who want to get more out of life through the joys of flute playing." -- Paul Horn, from the Preface "Shepard's soul-felt passion for the flute resonates through his book like music. It's a comprehensive guide with something for everyone, from novice to professional, and so well written that it's a pleasure just to browse through it. This book inspires." -- Diana Barich, The Next Whole Earth Catalog "Comprehensive and concise . . . . A highly readable and inspirational guide for flutists of every age and ability." -- Jeanne Baxtresser, first flute, Toronto Symphony Orchestra //////////////////////////// CONTENTS Preface, by Paul Horn Introduction Part 1 FLUTE LORE The World Family of Flutes The Story of the Western Flute Part 2 SELECTION AND CARE Finding Your Flute Caring for Your Flute Part 3 FLUTE TECHNIQUE Embouchure and Breath Posture Playing Notes More About Embouchure and Breath Fingering Technique Tuning Advanced Techniques Special Effects Part 4 MAKING MUSIC Scales and Chords Playing by Ear Reading Music Living Music Part 5 MODERN FOLK FLUTES Finding a Folk Flute Caring for a Folk Flute Playing a Folk Flute APPENDIX How the Flute Works Miscellaneous Fingering Charts Reading List //////////////////////////// SAMPLE TEXT Question: Should I take lessons, or instead teach myself? Answer: There are advantages to both ways. You may be a person who will benefit more from personal instruction than from reading a book. Or you may be the type of person who needs the deadlines of a scheduled lesson to get you to practice. If you are serious about performing classical music, you will want to become absorbed in a tradition that seems imparted best in a teacher/student relationship. There are also advantages to teaching yourself. Money and/or schedule constraints could be factors. You might prefer the freedom of organizing and pacing your own learning process. Or you might even have trouble finding a teacher with whom you work well, or who can teach you the kind of flute playing you want to learn. Whichever way you decide to go, don't let anyone tell you that you can't learn the flute without lessons.