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 Post subject: Native American Flute design comaped to whistle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 5:44 am 
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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

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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.


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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

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 Post subject: Native American Flutes
PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:15 pm 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Native American Flutes
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:34 pm 
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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.

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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.


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 Post subject: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons
PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:47 pm 
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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.

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Try this.

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

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 Post subject: Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons
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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.

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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.

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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.)


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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

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 Post subject: Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons
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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. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Both my whistles are Jonah Thompsons
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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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