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
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.
to Rag about -for students &
By Em on November
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
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.
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!