With their unmistakable sound and dynamic range, flutes and piccolos play essential roles in orchestras and jazz bands around the world. If you're thinking about learning the flute or piccolo, you'll find a wide array of instruction books to put you on the right path of your musical journey. Browse these pages and you'll come across general flute/piccolo instruction books from many respected music education companies, including Carl Fischer, Music Sales, Hal Leonard and Alfred. Many of these instruction books are even accompanied by CDs that are filled with songs that you can play along with.
Before you jump into your options, it helps to understand some of the differences between flutes and piccolos. While they are fairly similar, piccolos are actually half the size of flutes, and their tone holes are a bit smaller. As for their sound, piccolos deliver higher notes than flutes. Typically, flutes are played with a group, while piccolos are used for solos.
So what kind of music are you interested in playing on the flute or piccolo? In this section you'll find everything from instruction books for jazz ensembles to instrumental solos for pop and rock hits. For a top seller, check out the Alfred Trios for All Flute Piccolo. The compositions in this book were written to be played in 3-part harmonies, making it a great way to learn the flute together with other aspiring flutists.
Or, if you'd like to learn some popular songs on your flute, take a look at the Hal Leonard Popular Hits For Flute - Instrumental Play-Along Book/CD. This collection contains 15 contemporary favorites like "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas, "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz and "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon. Additionally, the accompanying CD features tempo adjustment software so you can slow down the song without changing the pitch.
Whatever general flute - piccolo instruction book you decide to go with, you're in for a treat, so be sure to spend some time in this catalog. And in case you're wondering, the similarities between flutes and piccolos make it possible to master both with only a bit of extra practice. In fact, many piccolo players are also flute players, which is why instruction books for both are included here in this selection.