Playalongs are great at Christmas as they make good presents and are fun to play. There’s something for everyone in this fabulous selection.
This lovely book is pitched at just the right level for all those young players who started the flute in September. The most popular carols and a couple of lovely Itailan Christmas classics are all arranged in easy keys with simple rhythms over a piano part of similar standard. This is a perfect book for parents who would like to encourage practice over the festive period but are keen to avoid the angst! Difficulty Guide: 1-2
These are really good arrangements. The accompaniments drive the rhythms and harmonies, leaving the flute to sound fantastic over the top! The written out improvisations can make you sound really professional – a budding jazzer’s perfect festive treat! Difficulty Guide: 4-6
The Nutcracker is a must at Christmas and this set of ten of the best tunes is perfect for the time of year. Specifically aimed at classical musicians these arrangements deliver a very good representation of the original and some are really quite challenging! There is a downloadable version of the accompaniment which makes this ideal for solo players too. A great book – one for Santa’s list perhaps? Difficulty Guide:6-8
If you love Christmas and you love the flute you will be in heaven with this bumper book of Christmas songs. The range of stars who made these songs so memorable includes Elvis (Blue Christmas), Eartha Kitt (Santa Baby), Bowie (Peace on Earth), Sinatra (Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) and of course Slade so it’s not just flute players who will be delighted. This is great for festive family concerts and you can even just listen to the demo tracks without lifting a finger. Christmas Day sorted! Difficulty Guide: 2-5
This is such a useful book with are over fifty solos, duets and trios for younger ones to enjoy. Favourite carols are interspersed with those from other countries to make a really interesting mix, and music included from other festivals extends the life of the book beyond December. The recordings are excellent and easily accessible too, so this really would make a great present for any budding flute player! Difficulty Guide: 1-4