Essential Elements Flute Book 1
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22 of 22 found the following review helpful:
the software is misleading, but the book is excellent Aug 04, 2006
If you are merely looking for an instructional book on the flute, than this is an excellent source for an aspiring student. I had given up playing the flute for 7 years before I decided to give it a try again, so I bought this book and I re-learned the basics in no-time. The finger charts are easy to follow and I liked how they taught you the minor notes first, instead of sticking to the simple "c" scale notes.
The reason why I am giving this four stars instead of five, however, is because the accompanying SOFTWARE IS NOT COMPLETE. Instead allowing you to use the entire package, the software only allows you play with the songs of the first half of the book. If you want help learning the songs in the second half of the book, you have to pay extra money. I do not think this is right, but then again, I was also tempted to buy the completed software just to help myself figure out how to play the later songs, so maybe they're onto something.
Suffice to say, this is a good instructional book to help you learn, or in my case, "re-learn" the flute, despite the desperate bid for money it makes with it's incomplete software.
11 of 11 found the following review helpful:
Great book andprram just needs an update for new systems Aug 10, 2010
By Paul I. Allen
The SmartMusic software that comes with this book will not run on Windows Vista or Win 7 or 64 bit systems. see the information at the following link to get the updated software for newer systems.
If you are running Windows 2000/XP or Mac OSX 10.2, 10.3 or 10.4 you will need to install SmartMusic from the CD or DVD provided in the back of the book. There will also be a sticker with a unique code to enter as you follow the on-screen instructions.
For newer operating systems, such as Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Mac OSX 10.5 and later, you will need to download SmartMusic 11.
Download for Windows Vista or Windows 7.
Download for Mac OSX 10.5 and later.
After installing SmartMusic 11, create an account or log in using your email address and password. When prompted, click to enter your SmartMusic code, and enter the following:
Essential Elements 2000 for Band: EESTUDENTBAND
Essential Elements 2000 for Strings: EESTUDENTSTRINGS
You will then be able to access the first hundred titles in the Essential Elements book 1
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Excellent guide Feb 22, 2010
By A. Browne
I have a number of flute and piccolo guides to assist in learning various key fingerings. The Essential Elements Books for Flute (book 1, book 2, book 3) are all excellent guides! Book 1 comes along with a CD and a DVD. The CD has tutorials to help build your listening skills and it has a piano accompaniment to ensure those skills are "tight".
Book 2 comes along with a separate CD with the same purpose in mind, but you will have to order this as it is a separate fee for the two-disc CD set. Not expensive, but is a nuisance to find which vendor sells this double disc set.
Book 3 is for advance, skillful in key fingering techniques with rapid progression. (By the way, Book 2's double disc CD has the tracks which includes practices in Book 3.)
There is a load of helpful information in all three books to assist the learning in attaining confidence, capability and structure in flute playing.
I highly recommend The Essential Elements Books for Flute. It does not hurt to use these guides with the assistance of a one and one tutor. There's no way we can do without a professional flutist's (or any instrumentalist's in that matter) guidance.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
You can teach yourself with this book! Jan 18, 2008
By Jennifer Shields
This book is an excellent way to teach yourself to play the flute. It has a DVD and CD to coach you along and the lessons are spaced out between exercises so that you are able to really pick up the lesson before moving on. I feel so fortunate that I stumbled onto this book to learn how to play my flute.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Great buy Apr 16, 2008
This is an excellent buy. I comes with a program that allows you slow the music down up to 50% so you can keep up. Or speed it up for a challenge. It's really cool.
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