Thursday, May 15, 2008

Skills for advanced flute students

Dear Flutists,

A special gift for my incredibly kind and avid blog subscribers.
I've spent several hours putting together a list of flute skills, and co-relating them to the traditional methods of teaching (Moyse Sonorite and Taffanel & Gaubert) and some NEWER and even more creative methods of teaching the flute.

A list of the best new method books is included, as well as links to online resources, and a there is a complete overview of each level of skill required. In short, it is a print out list of what skills a flutist today needs in order to play at the advanced level.

Download this PDF of Flute Skills and Methods here.

This list of books and skills came as a result of a conversation in Sir James Galway's chatgroup where Galway has been writing that Moyse and T&G are the fundamental methods, and no gizmos or gadgets will ever help a teenager internalize their scales and arpeggios.

hahhahahaha :>D

Of course it's all *true* about the scales and tone work; but I do think that some of the newer methods explain "how to" a great deal better than did some of the classic method books. Moyse is great, but there's more too.

So to add to your flutistic education, to clarify the skills, or to help with individual areas of flutistic development, my list of methods and skills co-relates the traditional with the innovative.

This PDF will only be available for one month, and is just a thank you gift for my subscribers.
Please help yourself. Hope it comes in handy. If you can't make the links work, just google the title/author. Here is another copy in Word for those who want the links to be click-able.
Thank you all so much for subscribing to this blog. :>)
Best,
Jen
Comments (7)
Anonymous Matthew Taylor said...

Jen, you've done it again!
Thanks heaps
Matt Taylor

Friday, May 16, 2008 3:46:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

ThankYOU Matt, for all the great music you give US for free! Wonderful to have your backing tracks, and I especially love your original compositions (Flooshi- the Japanese piece---did I spell that right? It's wunnnerful!)
Best, Jen

Friday, May 16, 2008 11:07:00 AM

 
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for the great comparison Jen! I've recently returned to playing after a few years and while I have all the classic method books, I've been requesting some of the newer ones that you have listed through interlibrary loan. I can't wait to look them over!

:-) Amanda

Friday, May 16, 2008 12:52:00 PM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Hi Amanda,
I was looking over "The Gilbert Legacy" by Angelita Floyd last night (for the 50th time through the book, it's so fabulous!) and I realize I should have included it in every catagory. So if you're going to just buy one to three new books, be sure and get the Floyd on Gilbert. It covers infinitely more than any other book as to intimate "how to" instructions for the flutist. Best, Jen

Friday, May 16, 2008 2:20:00 PM

 
OpenID sarahce said...

You're a wonder, Jen!

Saturday, May 17, 2008 5:07:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Thanks Sara,
It was a bit of thinking work to try and get all that information into such a short document. Glad it's comprehensive and makes clear sense. Tricky, but valuable to have, I think. Thanks again, Jen :>)

Saturday, May 17, 2008 8:44:00 AM

 
Blogger Jen Cluff said...

Peter the Flautist has left a new comment on your post "Skills for advanced flute students":

Very useful indeed Jennifer, but somehow you left out the most important item which is to have a really good teacher and to pay close attention to their advice!

If only I could live up to mine - she's wonderful.

Friday, June 20, 2008 2:46:00 PM

 

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