John O'Neill

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The Jazz Method For Flute will guide beginners of all ages from producing their first note on the instrument to the performance of full-blown jazz pieces, including ‘classics’ by Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Horace Silver.

With step-by-step instruction and a progression of specially written tunes and exercises, the fundamental elements of good flute technique – breath control, tone production, embouchure, tonguing and fingerings – are introduced alongside the rhythmic subtleties of jazz (for example ‘swung’ and syncopated rhythms). Improvisation is encouraged from an early stage, given direction through the systematic study of scales and arpeggios and advice on ear-training and chord patterns.

Backing for all of the music – specially recorded for this method – is provided on the accompanying CD so that, right from the start, student flautists can enjoy an authentic jazz sound, playing in the company of a top-class rhythm section (bass, guitar and drums) used later to support first attempts at improvisation.

With supplementary suggestions for listening and reading, and an Appendix containing all the chord progressions for ‘live’ accompaniment of the tunes, The Jazz Method For Flute is ideally suited both to students working alone and those learning with a teacher.


The jazz method for flute