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Woodwind Skills Flute Section Research Paper Copyrighted in 1971 by the Zen-On Music Publishers Co of Tokyo Japan the Takahashi Flute School part of the Suzuki Method was designed to aid beginning flutists in their journey to become professional It is set up as an individual practice method book with obvious references to a needed listening source but never gives one Takahashis method is to teach fundamentals via elongated paragraphs and step-by-step instructions on how to properly handle hold and play the flute This is followed by a very short section of exercises intended to aid in the text portion of the book At the very end is a small fingering chart for a reference of those notes new to the student In my opinion this book would not be a successful tool for a beginning flutist The first half of the book is completely read-only whereas Takahashi has assumed that by reading such the student will understand and formulate hisher own way of playing For a student new to music text-only is very difficult to comprehend especially when there are words that both the child as well as the parent may not know This is coupled by the fact that the original book was written in Japanese so the translation into English is a bit shaky at times and can be difficult to understand for its lack of continuity of structure The second portion of Takahashis book is the music section Here seventeen short exercises are offered Again I would not use this method for a beginning student In no place during the second half of the book is there an explanation on how to do any of the music written in place here Therefore on the whole this book would merely be a supplement to a second year or rapidly exceeding first year student but definitely not the sole source The Suzuki Method In introducing his techniques Takahashi first explains
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