Lesson Three: Playing the Musical Skip

After a little bit of a hiatus I thought that I would continue my “Native Flute Lesson” series by bridging two ideas together. In the first Lesson we discussed how a strong “Initial Tone” is one of the most important ideas of playing great Flute. The Second Lesson, “The First Scale,” showed the notes that […]

What Key Am I In? – “Dorian is such a great sound!”

So in the constant search of finding new sounds for the Native American Wood Flute or (NAF) I should mention yet another type of scale that the flute is able to speak. However, before I mention this wonderful scale let’s understand a simple concept first. The major scale is a simple pattern that can be […]

Lesson Two: The First Scale

So you have started to practice the Initial Tone and feel pretty good about how your sound is progressing. Now you are looking for a more challenging technique … or at least more notes then just moving fingers up and down. So welcome to the world of your First Scale. Depending on what type of […]

“What Key am I in?” – There’s MORE than minor?

So in my last post I talked about how the Native American Flute (NAF) is recognized to be played in a standard minor key. If you stick with a traditional “open” fingering then, yes, then the Native American Flute will play a minor pentatonic (1) scale. This makes a lot of flutes very static in […]

“What Key am I in?” – Beginning Native Flute Concepts

I am always intrigues at listening to people talk about “What Key am I in?” when it comes to the Native American Wood Flute. I love to listen to people’s answers, because they almost always talk about one aspect of the flute … the minor. I would like to take some time to describe a […]