Big Book of Sight Reading Duets for Flute: 100 Sight Reading Challenges for You and a Friend


The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets for Flute: 100 Sight Reading Challenges for You and a Friend, based on duets by David Vining and edited by Vanessa Mulvey, is appropriate for high school through professional flute players.

The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets provides a fun and effective way to improve sight reading! The 100 duets are progressively arranged so every skill level is addressed, and there are a wide variety of styles, keys, time signatures, and other musical requirements for plenty of diversity.

The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets comes in flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon editions designed to coordinate with one another. If a flute player has the flute edition, for example, they can play along with an oboe player who has the oboe edition or a bassoon player with the bassoon edition.

Whether you play these duets with a friend or a teacher, sight reading with a partner provides an incentive for playing each duet without stopping because you don’t want to disappoint your partner. The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets also provides additional tips and advice for improvement to address a skill so important and lacking for many musicians.

“Trillpalooza,” “Wacky Waltz,” “Late for Rehearsal,” and “Rhythm Tornado” are just a few of the clever ditties found within, so stop dreading sight reading and learn the secrets to reading music accurately at first sight with The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets!

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"Vanessa Mulvey’s masterful transcription of these duets offers flutists an opportunity to develop sight reading along with a flute duo partner. These gems saturate a particular skill or musical concept while becoming progressively challenging. This is a fantastic way to break the solitude of individual practice and apply concepts within a delightful musical duo. Sight reading together will surely elicit improvement and a lot of giggles, too." - Marianne Gedigian, Professor, Rice University; Former Professor, University of Texas at Austin

"Vanessa Mulvey’s flute edition of The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets: 100 Sight Reading Challenges for You and A Friend is a fantastic and thorough resource for beginner through advanced level flutists. The duets include a measured approach for the player to challenge themselves as they work on their sight reading and ensemble skills. Because the book is compatible with other instrumental books in this series, it will promote community and camaraderie among students as they work through these exercises together. This is a resource that I would use in my high school band program as we explore chamber music and instrument studio (sectional) rehearsals. As a private flute studio teacher, I appreciate this resource and I am excited to integrate these duets into my weekly lessons!" - Allison Lacasse, Belmont High School Band Director, Belmont, MA; Assistant Conductor, Senior Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble, New England Conservatory Preparatory School

"The Big Book of Sight Reading Duets: 100 Sight Reading Challenges for You and A Friend is a great new resource for musicians. The musical excerpts provide a significant amount of variety and the instructions are helpful. Musicians at any level should find aspects of this collection to be enriching and entertaining. This is a great way to connect with other players." - Dr. Brian M. Cardany, Director of Bands, University of Rhode Island

"The flute edition of the Big Book of Sight Reading Duets are great for a flute studio. Reading music with others is encouraging and nurtures a culture of learning and discovering. The length of the tunes and the separate categories of reading also make it inspiring to advance through the levels. I appreciate the titles of each piece and the intention behind them. These short pieces go beyond sight reading and open the space to practice contrasting styles in a fun way. I think these duets are a great resource for flute sections to enhance ensemble playing and for young students to inquire about topics such as the blues, whole tone scales, harmonic suspensions, etc. Bravo!" - Daniel Pardo, Assistant Professor of Flute, Prairie View A&M University

100 pages, spiral bound to lay flat on the music stand

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