Online Lessons with Jazz & Latin Flute Specialist, Bill McBirnie


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Bill McBirnie is Canadian jazz and Latin flutist based in Toronto, Ontario. He has had a lot of classical background but he has also been working as a non-classical flute specialist for the past three decades.

During that time, he has succeeded in modifying his technique so that it works extremely well in jazz and Latin contexts. His technical approach will be of interest as well as relevance not only to doublers but also to classical flutists who want to cultivate a “non-classical" style.

In addition, he has developed an improvisatory approach that has proven to be extremely versatile in any non-classical playing contexts. Accordingly, he can provide useful insight and guidance in developing—as well as improving—your own improvisatory skills.

The best way to determine if what he has to offer is relevant to your own musical circumstances is simply to listen to what he does. So, here are the links to three full-length audio clips (one from each of his latest three acoustic duo/quartet albums) which will serve to illustrate both his technical and improvisatory approach:

(1) “Poinciana" (from Nature Boy)—about 11 minutes

(2) “Like Sonny" (from Paco Paco)—about 6 minutes

(3) “Willow Weep For Me" (from Mercy)—about 6 minutes

If you like what you hear, then do not hesitate to contact Bill for online lessons—or perhaps simply some online “coaching"—because, with the Internet, he is now readily accessible...whether you are as close as Toronto...or as far away as Tokyo!...

His rate is $60/hour and you can reach him directly at [email protected]


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