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Hill, Vernon - Flute Players Book/CD

Hill, Vernon - Flute Players Book/CD

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Written by Vernon Hill, the Flute Player's book is a complete manual for the flute player and music teacher. It includes 54 demonstration audio tracks all cross referenced (download audio tracks below), 140 pages of charts, checklists and useful exercises.

  • answers all your questions simply and logically;
  • your playing will improve and be more enjoyable;
  • entire sections on phrasing, tone colours, vibrato, technique, tonguing, breathing (including `circular breathing') intonation and effortless high notes.

Basic ingredients for flute playing

  • Absolute rhythmic security and total musical conviction
  • Holding the flute
  • Three-point hold or little finger hold
  • Using a music stand
  • Sitting or standing

The flute sound - how a sound is produced

  • How to blow a flute
  • The basic flute sound
  • Getting started

Changing the tonal qualities

  • Background information
  • Tone quality changes - "strong-hard" sound, "gentle-hollow" sound
  • Embouchure exercises

Detache or "Breath Pulse"

  • Background information
  • Detache or "breath pulse" is one of the most important and powerful tools we have (and also one of the most neglected!)
  • It is an essential ingredient in producing vibrant and brilliant flute playing.
  • Detache exercises

Practise procedures

  • Why practise?
  • What to practise?
  • When to practise?
  • How to practise?
  • Sight reading
  • Opposites and extremes
  • The Vernon Hill Check List
  • Practice or performance mode

Harmonics for tone development

  • What are harmonics
  • Why do we use harmonics
  • How do we use harmonics
  • The Harmonics Chart

Intonation and pitch control

  • Background information
  • What is pitch?
  • Length of air column
  • The third octave
  • Tuning up
  • Intervals
  • Difference tones
  • Beats

Musical phrasing - how to say something in your playingThis chapter is 22 pages long and could be expanded into a mini book of its own. The information and advice given is equally useful on any musical instrument.

  • Background information
  • Rhythm
  • Time signature
  • Shape of the music
  • Number of bars in the phrase
  • Rules for leading and excitement
  • Rubato
  • Period and style of the music
  • Types of rubato, rallentando and "freedoms"
  • Re-establishing the pulse after a break
  • Vibrato
  • Echo effects, sequences, moods and motifs
  • Articulation - attacks, ends and groupings

Articulation and using the tongue

  • Background information.
  • How do we tongue?
  • The two basic ways of tonguing.
  • Double and triple tonguing.
  • How to make articulated passages sound correct and in style.
  • Flutter tongue

Practical breathing techniques

  • Background information
  • Breathing --- the medical explanation
  • Throat noises
  • Timing the breath
  • Exhaling
  • Support
  • Circular breathing
  • Learning to "circular breathe" see pages 102 - 104. (PS anyone can learn to use it effectively)

Advanced tone and vibrato

  • Background information
  • Tone quality
  • Vibrato

Performing nerves -- how to cope with stage fright

  • Background information
  • How to cope with nerves
  • Auditions (including an audition list for both Symphonic, and Opera & Ballet orchestras)

Check lists, charts, important points and useful exercises.

There are also 20 pages of the most important charts, and checklists from throughout the entire book. It will "jog your memory" by giving you the "key points" in a clear uncluttered form. If you are not sure of the subject, you can refer back to the relevant chapter for greater detail.Subtitled 'Everything You Wanted To Know About Playing The Flute', this is Australia's answer to the Gilbert Legacy. The distinguished performer and teacher Vernon Hill has produced his own philosophy of playing methods and backed it all up with a CD, referred to throughout the text. Everything is covered here from the 'basic ingredients for flute playing', through rhythm and phrasing to advanced tone and vibrato and how to cope with stage fright. Contents include an exercise with paper to aid articulation, a 'medical explanation' of how to breathe and the Vernon Hill Check List to help practice. All the exercises on the CD are clearly explained and well-performed, and some of the material is thought provoking. For example there is a delay diagram to explain why you need to use a stronger sound when articulating short notes. This is all held together by the mantra 'each performance must have absolute rhythmic security and total musical conviction'. This is a very interesting work and deserves attention even if everything within its covers is not exactly to our taste.


  1. Basic ingredients for flute playing
  2. The flute sound - how a sound is produced
  3. Changing the tonal qualities
  4. Detache or breath pulse
  5. Practice procedures
  6. Harmonics for tone development
  7. Intonation and pitch control - understanding how to play in tune
  8. Musical phrasing - how to say something in your playing
  9. Articulation and using the tongue
  10. Practical breathing techniques
  11. Advanced tone and vibrato
  12. Performing nerves - how to cope with stage fright
  13. Checklists, charts, important points and exercises


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