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Classes Begin

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

The first class of “Beginning Native American Flute and Tablature” was held Thurs. Mar. 3. A few weeks ago, we had four students on the roster. Last week, we were up to 6 students. Fortunately, Byron had made several extra flutes because by the beginning of class on Thursday we had a total of eight […]

New Music Page is Here!

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

On January 8, 2011, Byron and Paula welcomed their first grandchild into the world. Between helping with baby, and Byron’s business travel, we managed to get the new music page de-bugged enough to upload. Paula worked on converting the music files and Byron did the page design. We are still working on new songs to […]

Reflections on NAF – Practice

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Last post, I spoke of practice as it related to experience. Often the question arises, “What should I practice?” This question arises no matter what instrument you are learning. Many players wish to only “play from the heart.” For these musicians, the question does not arise. Yet, for many, the desire to move ahead in […]

New Music for the New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

I have been working recently on new music to add to our music page. These songs will be linked as I get them completed. The music page is getting crowded, and I am working on plans to re-do the page. I keep going back and forth in my mind between having all of the music […]

Reflections on NAF – Experience

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

At Native Rhythms Festival, Clint Goss had us repeat as a mantra a thought expressed by Rae Denton, “It’s just experience!” What makes one person more comfortable playing in front of a group? or using a microphone? or playing a certain embellishment? “It’s just experience!” “How do you avoid mistakes?” and old joke goes. “Through […]

Reflections on Playing NAF – “Mistakes”

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Beginners on the flute are frequently painfully aware of their “mistakes.” Some in an effort to encourage will state that there are no mistakes. There are no wrong notes. Yet, the beginner who makes squeaking tones, or consistently overblows knows that they are not producing the kind of sound or music they wish. I prefer […]

Native Rhythms Flute Festival

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Byron and I have just returned from a trip to Melbourne Florida for the 2nd Native Rhythms Flute Festival. It was a wonderful weekend of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Due to wonderful support from the town of Melbourne and Brevard County, the festival and all workshops were free to all who attended. […]

Approved!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Paula’s application to teach an LSU Leisure Class was approved today. It will be a combination of basic Native American flute playing skills and basic tablature. Byron worked on a prototype pvc flute while Paula prepared lesson plans and handouts. Now we get to the actual work. Hopefully, we will be needing several more flutes, […]

New Christmas Music on Website

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Just in time for Christmas, nine new songs are now on our website. These are mostly fun and easy songs you can learn for your flute circle gathering in December. Many traditional Christmas hymns were already available at flutetree.com, so I haven’t duplicated them here. Try both websites to make your own personal Christmas collection […]

Catching up.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Where has the time gone? This past year has had so much going on it’s difficult to know where to begin. Charlie and Robin attended Zion Flute festival last June and came back with flutes, gourds, CDs and PVC Anasazi flutes from a class they had attended. Byron and Paula had a daughter getting married […]

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