Sunday, February 06, 2011

E is for Excellence - E is for Etudes

Dear Flute-lovers,
For those looking for flute etudes in free pdfs, and for information on how to work on them to increase your excellence, please do read on.

An ├ętude (a French word meaning study), is an instrumental musical composition, most commonly of considerable difficulty, usually designed to provide practice material for perfecting a particular technical skill.

Here is a youtube video that is a terrific demonstration of a professional flutist performing an etude at a very high musical level.

If you've never played etudes or are looking for excellent, musically interesting etudes or studies see:

List of commonly used etude books (graded using Canadian Conservatory of Music flute grades).

Jen's favourite etudes list.

List of in-print flute etude books with some reviews and graded by UK/Abrsm (1-8)

Free pdf flute etudes

For Grades, see the chart:
comparing Canadian Conservatory flute grading methods.

Grade 2:
free pdf studies various composers: Book Flute Studies and Book 1.

Grade 4:
Gariboldi "Dainty" (Mignonne) Studies:

Grades 4-6:
Gariboldi - 20 Studies, opus 132 (free pdf) etudes
Gariboldi 20 Studies opus 132: Free pdfs of ten of op. 132 studies here.

Grade 3-12:
Various composers Book II Flute studies to Bk. X:

Grade 5-12:
Kohler - easy, Romantic Etudes to Virtuoso etudes: all at:

Grade 6-9:
Corrado Cristaldi
One fun Etude - "Arpeggio - Moto Perpetuo"
A very fun repeatable etude for staccato articulation

Grade 6-9:
Drouet - 72 Short (and interesting) Studies:

Grades 6-8:
Drouet - 25 Famous Etudes: pdf
(Wait 20 seconds for free download)

Grade 7-8:
Hughes (also spelled Hugues) 24 Etudes: (very fun!)

Grade 8:

Donjon's 8 Salon Etudes new pdf edition (very fun!)

opus 21 Andersen (free pdf)

opus 33 Andersen (free pdf):

Berbiguier 18 Etudes:

Grade 7-12:
Download all the Andersen etudes by opus number for free:

Anderson Etudes in order of difficulty (grades 7-12):
Op. 41
Op. 37
Op. 33
Op. 21
Op. 30
Op. 15 (grade 10 flutists)
Op. 63
Op. 60 (for professional flutists)

Grade 9-10:
J.S. Bach 24 Concert Studies:

Contemporary - Misc. Flute Studies by Lindolm: (some are graded)

More Links to Etudes:

Mixed Grades:
Free pdfs of Etudes by Kohler, Berbiguier and Gariboldi at Flutetunes.

--------------------end list free etudes in pdf

Also of great interest for more advanced flutists see:

Recommended Advanced Etude books by Jen

Best high register Study book to buy: Filas Top Register Studies.

And here is an article of mine on how to work on a flute etude.

All the best and happy excellent etudes tiny dudes!


Comments (5)
Anonymous Kate said...

Thanks for such an informative post! I studied flute in university, but opted for a career with a bit more stability after graduation.

I'm just coming back to flute again after 4 years away and LOVE being able to study, practice and improve just because I love it (I think I push myself harder than my professors ever did!)

Posts like this really help me make the most of my "new" practicing attitude.

Monday, February 14, 2011 8:18:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Great to hear this Kate! I think that those of us who love the old flute practicing just find a way to make it happen! Glad to hear of anyone's raw enthusiasm! Great! Onward and upward!! Best, Jen

Monday, February 14, 2011 8:38:00 PM

Blogger K. D. Jones said...

As a graduate student pending graduation in May, money is a bit tight and I was thrilled to death to read this article. Great source of info (everyone loves free!).

I can't wait to add these to my pedagogical library.


Krystle Jones

Saturday, February 19, 2011 2:02:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Nice to hear from you! Yes, there are some winners in this list, that's for sure. Best, Jen

Saturday, February 19, 2011 5:06:00 PM

Blogger jen said...

Dear Anon,
Thanks! Great links to know of.
Best, Jen

Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:11:00 PM


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