The Techniques of Flute Playing


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The Techniques of Flute Playing

The Techniques of Flute Playing

Carin Levine (

  • The Techniques of Flute Playing Bk I
  • The Techniques of Flute Playing Bk II (The Techniques of Flute Playing II – Piccolo, Alto and Bass Flute)

Book One

Carin Levine and Christina Mitropoulos-Bott have collectively produced a book that systematically explains performance techniques for the flute which exist in contemporary music. This book includes valuable instructions and pedagogical tips for practising as well as examples of representative notation from modern flute music.

The book, written in German and English, is an indispensable resource for composers as well as performers and teachers.


  • Introduction
  • Effects that expand the sound
  • Percussive effects
  • Vibrato
  • Air noise
  • Circular breathing
  • Trill
  • Glissando
  • Microtonality
  • Flute Plus
  • Open forms of notation
  • Appendices: the 4th octave, trills of the 4th octave, bisbigliando
  • The microtonal scale, multi-tones, sound examples
  • Discography
  • About the authors

Book Two (Die Spieltechnik der Flöte II)

An anthology of extended techniques for piccolo, alto and bass flutes, book two is an essential addition to your collection.  A comprehensive and systematic presentation of all relevant techniques for playing contemporary music.

Includes detailed explanations and instructions for mastery of each technique as well as microtonal and trill fingering charts. Following on from the success of the first volume, this second book systematically explains the full technical and timbral potential of the piccolo, alto and bass flutes.

The techniques are presented with instructive examples from the modern flute repertoire that illustrate the peculiarities of notation. Useful tips for practising are presented as an aid to performance.

Text in English and also in German includes a CD of recorded examples. Softcover, 127 pages. The CD allows you to compare your playing with recordings by Carin Levine.

This volume is an indispensable and practical tool for composers, performers and teachers.

Features: A comprehensive and systematic presentation of all relevant techniques for playing contemporary music on the piccolo, alto and bass flutes Clear explanations of timbral peculiarities Helpful suggestions for experimentation CD with recorded examples Illustrative musical examples with excerpts from contemporary works Previously tested on all standard models of piccolo, alto and bass flutes German and English text

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