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Native American Flute design comaped to whistle
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Author:  Jim Wright [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:44 am ]
Post subject:  Native American Flute design comaped to whistle

I am trying out a low G NAF ... and noticed that while it is longer than my Low D whistles .... and larger in diameter .... it is very easy to play because the finger spacing is as close as my high whistles. The volume is louder as well. Have found very little free information on how to play it or sheet music. There seems to be a universal "let's make money on any information" from both the makers and the artists.

I did find pictures of some NAFs that are well over 3' long ..... and am thinking Tommy hasn't seen these yet!!! :D

Author:  Adrian [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:53 am ]
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Can you post a pic and a clip please. NAFs are great fun and very easy to play as you said.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:30 am ]
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Adrian wrote:
Can you post a pic and a clip please. NAFs are great fun and very easy to play as you said.


I can post a picture but I am still in the tweet .. sputter .. what do I play next .....stage.. I really like the low notes and have yet to figure out what to do with the high ones. I am working on Amazing Grace .. maybe if I get to the point that it sounds like Amazing Grace .. I will post a clip. LOL! The scales make no sense to me. It seems that I can get the same note in multiple finger placements according to my tuner. Very strange

Author:  DonHen [ Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:15 pm ]
Post subject:  Native American Flutes

Jim,
I own two, an Fsharp and the next lower. Very fun and pretty, but not enough music so I am glad I gravitated to the whistle. I like Scott Augusts Ceder Mesa website. You can find all price ranges on various websites.

Don

Author:  Jim Wright [ Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:34 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Native American Flutes

DonHen wrote:
Jim,
I own two, an Fsharp and the next lower. Very fun and pretty, but not enough music so I am glad I gravitated to the whistle. I like Scott Augusts Ceder Mesa website. You can find all price ranges on various websites.

Don


Don .... I have found more music than I can learn in many months ... it is out there. And I purchased a Butch Hall low F# .... sounds nice. Seems to be a lot of Christmas music and hymns. But .... still looking.

Author:  Walden [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:40 pm ]
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I have a Jonah Thompson in Am.

I think when people say they are easy to play, they really mean they are easy to play improvisationally, which is what most NAF players do.

Traditionally the flutes had as many tunings as there were makers, almost. They've been kind of standardized nowadays, to a tuning that is a pentatonic minor scale. With cross-fingerings and what not, this can be used to play tunes, but the range isn't very great.

For a New Ager wanting something to "meditate" by, they are very popular. :D

Amazing Grace is a pentatonic tune. So is Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. Neither is in a minor key, though. I Will Arise and Go to Jesus works well, as it is a minor pentatonic tune. So is Wayfaring Stranger.

Author:  DonHen [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons

Both my NAF whistles are Jonah Thompsons with a really neat eagle on top. One is pine and the other cedar. Lovely sound. I played the deeper one today. JT included a brief primer with a couple of songs. The spiritual improvisation is a real thing for me. Does that mean I can speak in tongues?????

I have a Scott August DVD that is quite beautiful. He does both the photography and playing on these. Good website. CedarMesa.

Don

Author:  ConnieS [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:20 pm ]
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Try this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KszloV7JFAQ

Author:  Jim Wright [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons

DonHen wrote:
The spiritual improvisation is a real thing for me. Does that mean I can speak in tongues?????
Don

Am thinking that you could argue either way .... but I won't .... might offend someone.

Author:  Jim Wright [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:33 pm ]
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ConnieS wrote:


I believe that I am about as far from that sound as one can possible be and still play the same song on the same insturment. Wow ... sure hope to be able to play that way in future.

Author:  jimwasson [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:40 pm ]
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Agreed - it's a lovely sound.

Wonder what that'd sound like without the added effects? (Assuming this is not a straight acoustic recording.)

Author:  jrc [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:00 pm ]
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Don, have you heard these guys:

http://brokenwalls.com/content/?page_id=13

Some real nice NAF flutes on Healing Wind. We do Rise Up Mighty Warrior occasionally in church. I've just begun to actually listen beyond that CD. You can get some samples on the website.

jrc

Author:  Walden [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons

DonHen wrote:
Does that mean I can speak in tongues?????

The Bible does say it came with the sound as of a rushing mighty wind. :)

Author:  Jim Wright [ Tue Sep 11, 2007 8:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons

Walden wrote:
DonHen wrote:
Does that mean I can speak in tongues?????

The Bible does say it came with the sound as of a rushing mighty wind. :)


Oh ... you bad ... lol .... he may make music and not just wind ... I was giving him the benefit of the doubt!!! :laughing:

Come on Don ... tell Aaron .. you make music!!! That was his "wild" side acting out!!! :D

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