How music minus one can help you become a better flute player
If you want to study the flute by yourself a very helpful and fun way to approach it, is a concept called music minus one. As the name implies you buy the sheet music together with a backing track that does not include the lead instrument, in this case the flute.
What is so great about music minus one is that you are forced to play in time and at the same time you get the great feeling of playing together with other instruments. After spending long hours learning to play a piece it feels amazing when every note hits its spot and you can play the piece as intended.
Music minus one will help training your ears
Playing live with other is of cause the best way to learn playing any instrument, but when no else is around music minus one is a great way to practice and improve your playing skills. Also it will train the most important skill a musician has - your ears. When you play to a backing track you have to listen to the other instruments as well as your own playing in order to make everything fit.
Also you note reading will be improved. Hearing music and playing a long at the same time will greatly improve your skills over time.
Which music minus one products should I buy?
Music minus one comes in many genres and skill levels. So even though you are a beginner you can find something to play along to other than a metronome. When you buy a music minus one product you will get the sheet music and a CD that includes the full tracks and the play a long tracks.
The quality varies a lot when it comes to music minus one products. Below I have therefore listed some the best products I have been able to find.