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Best Flute Sheet Music: Make Practice Fun
If your child plays the flute and is struggling to get into the marching band at school, a great way to improve their skills is by purchasing flute sheet music that is popular and fun to play. Because your child will know most, if not all, of the melodies, it eliminates a lot of frustration beginning flautists have--counting notes, rests, tempo problems, etc. Almost all of the sheet music comes with a CD for play-along. If there is a difficult section to play, by re-playing that particular section of the CD, your child will be able to hear exactly how the section is supposed to be played, without needing an instructor. It gives them a break from practicing scales, breathing, fingering and tonguing exercises (while giving you a needed break from hearing the same march and scales being practiced over, and over, and over, again).
Besides purchasing sheet music, another alternative is free flute sheet music websites; however, you will not find any of the copyrighted material available on the internet.
I do not recommend getting any Rock or Pop flute sheet music. Most of the time, pop and rock sheet music for flute is extremely boring, consisting of one-beat notes and a lot of rests. Here is a list of my favorite, fun flute sheet music:
Star Wars Episode II:
This is my favorite Star Wars sheet music, composed by the talented John Williams. This book contains several march-style songs, which is great for the child who wants to be in the marching band or is struggling. Popular songs in this book include: May the Force Be with You; Imperial March (The Vader Song); Star Wars, the main theme; and one of my favorites, The Arena. There are a few others that should all be fairly easy to learn, while supplying months and years of entertainment (for the entire family).
Who doesn't love Disney music? There are several books of Disney sheet music, but this one is my favorite. Every song is fun to play, and everyone knows all of the songs. It includes my favorite, Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid. There are several songs from the Lion King and Aladdin and other Disney movies, too.
Includes Pirates of the Caribbean main theme song.
Pirates of the Caribbean:
Every time I come across this movie on television, I run into my music room to play Pirates. The music is absolutely fantastic. Some tunes are simply and easy, there is one that is slightly difficult, but all of them are extremely fun to play. Some of the popular tunes are: Jack Sparrow (my favorite); The Kraken (my other favorite); To the Pirate’s Cave (my other favorite). They are all my favorites!
Lord of the Rings:
The music in this book is gorgeous. Some of it is slow paced and requires good breathing technique (because the tempo is so slow). So, if your child is struggling to maintain or hit high notes, this is a great book, because it demands the flautist to fill the lungs in order to hold notes for 8 beats that last 20 seconds, while still having fun.
More music composed by John Williams, this is my favorite of all the Harry Potter sheet music. Most of these songs are simple to master, some are more difficult, but all are fun to play.
By incorporating fun flute sheet music into practice, especially for a child that might be struggling, the music becomes fun again, they gain more confidence, they want to practice and with less frustration, the struggling might go away very quickly and even be replaced with complete enjoyment--no matter what music your child is playing.
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