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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company Inc; 2nd edition (31 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882844490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882844497
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 31.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,227,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most complete guides for the flute ever published! Covers basic fingerings, trills, tremolos (3rds through octaves), quarter-tones, multiphonics. A unique reference book for studio and classroom by James J. Pellerite, Professor of Flute, Indiana University.

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By Wil's on 5 Dec. 2013
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I found this book really useful for me to understand the fingering guide for flute. Recommended to flutist and composers
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Maybe we are a little bit dim but found this book too confusing for my 10 year old and myself
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
62 Pages of Fingering Knowledge Gold That Lets You Master Any Playing Situation 18 Jan. 2008
By Teresa Bolen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's worth your time to invest in learning from a master! James J. Pellerite's classic, A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute is still the definitive guide to flute fingerings, crammed with essential information that isn't available anywhere else. He writes from a wealth of experience as both performer, now retired solo flutist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and as Professor of Flute (now retired) at the Indiana University School of Music. He has performed and given master classes all over the world, including Japan, and has numerous solo recordings. Some of you may be familiar with his work on the Native American flute as well.

The guidebook is beginner friendly in the visual representation of the fingerings, but goes far beyond what is available in most fingering guides found in flute pedagogical texts, giving the flutist essential information to allow you to achieve any technique a composer could write for you to play and allow you to reach the highest levels of achievement on the flute.

It includes the basic fingerings for the full range of the flute, with multiple fingerings and concise explanations of the differences and advantages of those fingerings and how they are best used. Beginning flutists will also find trill fingerings especially helpful.

Beyond the basics, James Pellerite covers tremolos: the major and minor thirds, perfect fourths and tritones, perfect fifths, sixths, sevenths, and octaves. There is a chapter on altered fingerings - fingerings that can be used to deliberately change flute timbre, transparency, raise pitch, and aid with playing in extreme dynamics. These can add greatly to the flutist's tools for interpreting of music.

There are fingerings for quarter tone and quarter tone trills, which can open many doors for playing music by contemporary composers and playing world music. Also, for the flutist interested in pursuing multiphonics, there is an extensive section for playing 2, 3 or 4 note chords on the flute.

A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute is written very intelligently and concisely. James Pellerite gives you a deep understanding of fingering technique with an economy of words. This is of great importance for performing musicians who are seeking information and don't want to be distracted by wordy or lengthy discussions.

If you are serious about the flute, A Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute is an essential tool.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for any flutist 9 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I keep two copies of Pellerite's book handy. His charts cover the gamut from the basic fingerings to harmonics, trills, tremelos, quarter-tones, and special effects. This is a book that can take flautists from the beginning stages to their professional debuts!
Karen Stafford, Editor of Flutes and Flute Playing for Suite 101.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Modern Guide to Fingerings for the Flute 19 May 2011
By Joel G. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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The first thing you need to know about this fingering guide is that it is for the open hole, or french style flute, with a B foot. This guide is not for closed hole flutes, or flutes with a C foot. Though some of the fingerings will work for the C foot and closed-hole student flute, the strength of this book is its comprehensive treatment of the professional, open-hole, B foot instrument. If you have such an instrument, I recommend this book for its detailed discussion of many alternative fingerings and its treatment of the microtonal and multiphonic resources of the instrument. If you have a closed-hole flute you will be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must-have for your bookshelf or backpack 1 Feb. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you play the flute, consider this book THE industry standard. This is not a book that you should skip buying. If you want to progress past the intermediate level, there are certain practice materials that you must have, and this book is one of them.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Do not buy this in Kindle format 5 Sept. 2013
By That's what she said... - Published on Amazon.com
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I have used this book in paper form in the past and it was fine. Unfortunately in the Kindle version the illustrations are far too small to be of any help.
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