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Flute Duet Reviews


  Fun new duets for your flute studio

 By Dr. Mom on November 19, 2013

As a flute teacher, I watch for new and interesting music for my  

students. These Rags are terrific! They are harmonically and  

musically interesting, introduce a style to the students with which  they may be unfamiliar yet has a "jazzy" feel, and are simple enough in range, rhythm and length (they're relatively brief) to be approachable to the intermediate student - a level at which one often needs interesting music to keep them going! - and above.   

 I had one student who is versed in jazz (plays jazz trumpet) who  tried to swing these, so I had the opportunity to work with him on how Rags differ from "swung" jazz, which was kind of fun.  

 I feel these duets fill a need in the modern flute studio, and  

recommend them highly.  


   

Something to Rag about -for students & performers a-like!

 

By Em on November 16, 2013

This 12-piece book is a delightful introduction to ragtime for flutists,  who usually don't get the chance to play much jazz or "rag" music.  

 What I perhaps enjoy most about the book is, the 2nd flute part has many chances for nice melodic interplay or fun walking bass lines to accompany the 1st flute. (Unlike many duet books that have a rather stagnant bass line for the 2nd flute/accompaniment.) If you are playing with students who are new to the territory, it is a great book to have them develop an ear for jazz chords.  

You'll need to review how to swing eighths, since that isn't covered here --it's for Intermediate players after all :). The lines should not be incredibly challenging though, and it is presented in such a way that whether up or down tempo, it's still fun to play. I did  like playing most of the pieces up-tempo, though!  

My top favorite pieces are #5- "Forget-Me-Not", #6 - "Cotton  

 Candy Rag", #11 - "High Country Stomp" (it's nice got a nice  

lilting feel) and #12- "Green Mountain Saunter."  

There is a great variety, and each piece has a memorable melody. Grab a flutist  friend and play these! If you like to have up-beat and playful tunes (especially during these cold winter months) these will warm you up real fast.


 

Ragtime Miniatures- Intermediate

 

By Jean A. E. on November 7, 2013

This is Intermediate level music, it can satisfy several levels  

of players, and altho rags come over stylistically the same ,  

these are varied enough . Except for mostly using flat key  

signatures, and having some confusion in finding your way  

around repeats and da capos, these are pleasant little works,  

some of which would make nice concert encores. The only  

feature I as a performer corrected when my friend and I played  

 them thru was to 8 va some of the too low 2nd parts. Doing  

 this seemed to improve the voicing.So In general, nice work,Pat!!

Professional Flutist/ performer Jean A


 

on January 16, 2014
I love love these books! The music has a new age jazzy feel to it. I like that both duet parts have a melody part to them. A lot of other duets out there make the 2nd flute part rather boring. I also like the order they are written in you can flow through one song to the next without stopping. This is intermediate music and they are great for the advancing student as some notes are written in one measure as flats, then the same sounding note written in the next measure as a sharp. This is good practice for students trying to learn complicated classical pieces such as myself. As a flute player that had ‘left’ the music scene for a few years these rags are a lot of fun to play and are very motivating. You won’t want to put your flute down! Great work Pat, looking forward to see your next book!