Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Flute for Smarties (Dummies) great!

Dear Flutists,

A tremendous bickering was had by all on one of the Flute discussion groups about the possible quality of the above book. Oh how funny.

Perhaps the argument was about the humour of the title (which is really: Flute for Dummies) Who knows? So I'm laughing away, because if only they'd called it "for smarties...." But until you've read it, you can't really tell what the quality is. So I'm here to tell you that it's indeed a marvellous new book! It's absolutely chock full of everything you ever wanted to know about the flute but were afraid to ask, and it's practice-specific!! Everything you want to practice but were afraid to try...and I totally agree with the author on every technique.
High school students just about to start private lessons, parents of pre-teen beginner flutists, and adult novice flutists who are between flute teachers will especially find this book an important resource, I imagine.

And it's totally new and up to date. It just came out in Dec. 2009 by Karen Moratz.
What a fabulous book all around! Huge kudos to Karen for writing it.
A principal flutist of a top orchestra, and teacher for two decades, Karen Moratz has hit the nail right on the head on every topic from tone to tonguing to tuning.

Everything the beginner-intermediate player wants to know. Finally, all in one place.
And it actually does fit on the music stand, and the CD is actually very useful, and the exercises are excellent (LOVE the William Bennett harmonics/octaves warmup) and the text is clear, concise, fun and very appropriate.

A great read.

Run don't walk; every flutist should own a copy.
See for yourself!!

You can get a good price ($15) here, and teachers can read a review copy at the link below.

Karen wrote to the flute groups:

I invite you all to read samples from the book at, at, or at if you haven't done so already. If you're an instructor at a qualifying institution, you can also request a free evaluation copy from the publisher at

Personally, I'm going to cover the yellow-black cover with some gorgeous recycled wrapping paper, but that's just me; smartie not dummie. har har. :>D
See for yourself.

Comments (4)
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks so much, Jen. LOVE the "new" title!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 4:54:00 PM

Blogger Geoff said...

I'm not surprised! Every "... For Dummies" book I've read has featured great content presented well.

Glad to hear that this one is good as well. I'll definitely have to get a copy.

Thursday, January 21, 2010 2:47:00 PM

Blogger Rob said...

My flute was in the closet for 35 years and just surfaced about six months ago. I recently started private lessons and am looking for a few good books too. Thanks for the recommendation.

Aloha from Rob

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 9:26:00 AM

Blogger CR Ing said...

Just saw this one; I'll have to take a look at it. You're right, '...For Dummies' typically has great content, and even those of us that have been playing a while could pick up a thing or two.

Friday, October 22, 2010 5:32:00 AM


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