Learning how to play the flute or piccolo is easier than you think, and it's all thanks to the wide range of method and instructions books that are available. Whether you're interested in playing the flute in a concert band or becoming a world-renowned piccolo soloist, you'll see quickly that leading music education publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred and G. Schirmer are committed to your musical ambitions. In fact, even advanced players of both instruments will find flute/piccolo method and instruction books in this catalog.
If you're not familiar with piccolo or flute, you might be curious as to why method and instructions for both instruments can be found in these pages. Basically, the flute and the piccolo have a lot of similarities in how they are played. The main difference is that the flute is played an octave lower than the piccolo and it's also double the size. Most musicians of reedless wind instruments (wind instruments without mouthpieces or moving parts) agree that the flute is best played with an ensemble while the piccolo is better for solo performances.
So let's have a look at some choices. As always, starting with the top sellers is a safe bet and the ProLine Play Flute Today Beginner's Pack Book/CD/DVD is the perfect pack for anyone who wants to learn the flute. With this method you'll cover everything from how to assemble and care for your flute to how to produce a sound, read notation and rhythms and more. As for the CD itself, it includes audio instruction and 74 full-demo tracks.
Now for all you up-and-coming piccolo players, go with the Carl Fischer The Complete Piccolo Book. This collection is filled with lessons that will take you through comprehensive fingering techniques, piccolo solos, repertoires and even a history of the instrument itself. Or, check out the Hal Leonard Rubank Intermediate Method for Flute or Piccolo. This book offers a well-rounded approach that includes scales, arpeggios, technical studies and articulation studies, solos and duets for both instruments.
And these flute/piccolo method and instruction books are only a taste of awaits you here. You'll even find books that contain holiday favorites, top 40 hits, jazz classics and more. So take your pick! With one or more of these method and instruction books in your collection, there's no telling how far your impressive flute or piccolo talents will take you.