Native Flute Theory: 7 Notes (diatonic) is 2 better than 5 notes (pentatonic), right?

So in my post It’s all about the pentatonic I described two pentatonic scales (one using the anchor finger on the 4th hole and one with the anchor finger on the 3rd hole) and how they work with the Native American Wood Flute. Up until this point I haven’t really addressed the idea of “diatonic” […]

video advice – The Pentatonic Scale

This video shows how to play the minor pentatonic scale for the Native American Wood Flute. The first scale that any NAF Player should know and understand.

What Flute Should I Purchase?

I get asked a lot by people who are starting out “What type of Flute Should I Purchase? I’m just starting out.” While this may seem like a simple answer (“The cheapest so you don’t feel like you waste money when you stop playing 2 weeks from now.” Cynical I know, but sometimes the truth […]

Native Flute Theory: It’s All About The Pentatonic!!!

So I’ve mentioned in a previous post about the Native American Flute being a “Pentatonic” Flute, but what does that really mean? If we think about our Greek Lessons (I know you all took them) you will remember that “penta” is a prefix meaning “five” while “tonic” is derivation of the word “tonos” which means […]

Native Flute Players: Robert Mirabal

I think it’s nice to highlight flute players who are rather talented and impressive so more people can appreciate the music that is out there. While I have many favorites which I will mention in future posts, I think it’s important for me to highlight a Native American musician that started it all for me. […]

Video Advice – Initial Tone

Learning how to play the Native American Wood Flute becomes easier when focusing on the “Initial Tone.” This video is about what to look for when starting to play the Native American Flute.

Understanding the Flute Key (Flute Letter)

So you want to learn to play the Native American Wood Flute (or NAF) and you’re confused with the “A”, “F#”, “G” and other letters that make up the wood flute language. Don’t worry. It is easy to figure out with a little understanding. The Initial Tone First thing to understand is the letter is […]

Lesson Four: The Breath of a Great Song

There is a strong component of any musical experience that brings the listener into the realm of passion, and that is expression. Expressive playing joins the emotional and the technical; the skills with the impressions. It is through the expression that people begin to feel connected with the music. The problem with most music instructors […]

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 […]