If you are beginning to play the Native American style flute, then you may like the new pdf ebook Christmas Songs for Native American Flute and Ukulele.
The book does not use Nakai tablature but rather has the finger diagrams for a six-hole Native American style flute showing you where to place your fingers for each note.
If you are playing a concert-tuned Am (A minor) Native American style flute, then you will be able to play with a friend who can use the chords for Ukulele tuned G-C-E-A. Both chords for the ukulele and finger diagrams for the flute are in this book.
There are 16 songs for $12.99. Here are the names of the Christmas carols included of the Christmas Songbook for Native American Flute & Ukulele.
The Native Dawn Flute gathering takes place in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on August 3rd and 4th. It’s the fourth year of this event. In 2013, Carlos Nakai will be attending. No mention of which vendors.
Native Dawn Flute Gathering
One weekend, a few months ago, I attended the Native Rhythms Festival in Melbourne Florida. One of the main goals was to enter an Am flute I’d made into the flute-maker’s competition.
The flute was made to look like an alligator. It was, I figured, something a little different than most people would make. So with pyrography (wood burning), watercolors, and carving, this baby alligator was hatched.
It’s always encouraging to find and meet other flute makers. Via Internet, I’ve met John Hnath who recently made his first branch flute from dogwood.
I was interested to see it and hear how we found making it. He has been kind enough to share his thoughts and photos of the flute.
Back in November, 2012 I attended the Native Rhythms festival in Melbourne, Fl. This was the first time attending the festival.
The biggest draw for me was the chance to attend a variety of workshops. From beading to breathing to playing, I will share the photos here.
The first workshop I attended was Jan Seiden’s on breathing for flute playing. It was a helpful workshop complete with exercises that we all engaged in to make sure we were breathing fully and accurately to expand our capacity.
Earthtone Cajon should sound great with the Native American flutes
When I went to Flute Haven, I didn’t know what I would learn or what I should want to learn, but I did know I wanted to learn everything there was to learn. One thing I didn’t know to expect was a greater comfort level with percussive instruments.
At Flute Haven, the belief seemed to be the beat would find you if you don’t first find it. I shall not forget the experience of my flute facilitator group letting me try to keep the beat on the cajon. It had been difficult to focus, even with eyes shut, but it had been an exhilarating few moments as I heard beautiful flute-playing around me. Continue reading
A few of the photos from my phone put together with the audio from one evening of some of our jamming.