Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

Roderick Seed, foreword by William Bennett
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/22/2017
Format: Paperback 39 b&w illus., 83 music exx., 2 tables
ISBN: 978-0-253-03163-1
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For the first time the exercises and teaching methods of world-renowned flutist William Bennett are featured in one workbook. After more than a decade of study with Bennett and many of his students, Roderick Seed has documented the tools that have made Bennett known for his ability to give the flute the depth, dignity, and grandeur of the voice or the stringed instrument. Topics range from how to overcome basic technical difficulties, such as pitch control, to the tools for phrasing, prosody, tone, and intonation needed for playing with different dynamics and ranges of expression. Advanced musicians will find useful exercises and techniques in this book that will deepen their knowledge and enjoyment of making music and help them in their quest to master the flute.

Author Bio

Roderick Seed is a British flute player based in Vancouver BC, who made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 after winning First Prize at the Alexander and Buono International Flute Competition. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy in London, where he won an entrance scholarship to study with William Bennett, Kate Hill, and Patricia Morris. Seed has performed and taught internationally. Currently he teaches at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and performs with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.


“For those who have never studied with Wibb or have worked with him only a little, this book brings to light the best of his teaching methods in a detailed manual of approach. Bravo, Roderick, and thank you.”
 — Abigail Sperling, The Flutist Quarterly

“Bennett’s principles of musical expression are rooted in the physics of sound as well as an awareness of compositional construction.... The principles of phrasing assembled here are applicable to all musicians, whatever their instrument or voice.”
 — Kathryn Lukas, Professor of Music (Flute) at Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music

“Now in his eightieth year, [William Bennett] is still in high demand as a teacher at the Royal Academy in London and in masterclasses worldwide. However, finding any of his methods and exercises in writing proves to be difficult, as he hasn’t written them down himself... Seed has studied extensively with... Bennett and his students, and has also assisted at his masterclasses, so his knowledge of the material is impressively thorough. Mastering the Flute with William Bennett is an invaluable resource for flute players.”
 — Karen Evans Moratz, Principal Flute in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and author of Flute for Dummies

“Roderick [Seed] has collected a wide range of exercises covering many topics that give the flute player the tools to play with different dynamics and a range of expression, and simultaneously helping them with associated technical difficulties such as pitch control. [He] has introduced my approach to the flute in a clear and logical way with his own insights and experiences.”
 — William Bennett, Foreword, Mastering the Flute with William Bennett

“Covering topics such as sound production, intonation, embouchure and phrasing, this volume offers an invaluable insight into how to achieve the hallmark [William] Bennett-school sound.”
 — Pan

“There is something here for every flute player and the book is nothing short of masterful!”
 — Just Flutes

Mastering the Flute with William Bennett is an extremely valuable resource for flute players, covering a wide range of technical and musical issues and revealing the ideas developed over Bennett's decades-long career.”
 — Music Teacher

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by Ringo Chan Date Added: Sunday 14 January, 2018
This is a book that has been long due for every single flutists ! The book is presented in a very " down to earth" approach, in both the writing and in the use of the vocabulary and languages. What I really like most is the " Problem -Solution" approach; its like " Do this and You Will Get This " That's exactly how I felt when I had my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have my first and only lesson with William Bennett in Hong Kong back in 2005 in Wibb's hotel room on the "24 melodic studies". Bennett's approach was always " If you want to get this result, do this!!" . This book contains tons of invaluable advises on the formation of tone; on how to sharpening and flattening different notes by aiming air streams "up' and " down'; Uncovered-covered-uncovered of the embourchure; on harmonics line-up; on how to set your flute in-tune; and of course, last by not least, the famous " I LOVE YOU" and " Dar-ling" approach to music-making..... all concepts are presented in a very straight-forward manner, nothing in the sense of pure theory, everything is so practically doable !!! I don't see a reason that flutist should not be reading this book !! Congratulation to Rod !! Ringo Chan, Director, Hong Kong Flute Centre , Hong Kong..

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Table of Contents

Foreword / William Bennett
1. Finding a Sound
2. "Harmonics in Tune" Tone
3. Reaction in the Sound
4. Attacks, Articulation and Repeated Notes
5. Prosody: "Elephants And Taxis"
6. Harmonics Exercises
7. Shakuhachi Exercise for Embouchure Control
8. Intonation Exercises
9. Flexibility Exercises
10. Other Exercises: Whistle Tones and Vocalises
11. Approaching Melodies

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