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Although our flute circle has not had a meeting since December, member Paula Ellis has not been idle. She has been busily converting children’s songs and other familiar tunes into Nakai tabulature. Why has she taken on this project?

“There are a number of reasons,” she says. “I have learned so much more about TAB and why some songs fit the Native American flute and others don’t seem to work. Also, playing even a ‘simple’ song like Row, Row. Row Your Boat, gets me playing notes in the extended range of the flute that I don’t often use. A song like Alley Cat keeps fingers nimble. It’s a real challenge for me. Of course, I also want to share what I’ve learned. Most of these songs are great for beginners and may make it easier for teaching children simple tunes they recognize.”

What’s next for this member? “I’ll still add songs once in a while,” Paula replies “but for now I’m working on stretching my skills playing the flute. These songs help, but I’m also working on composing songs of my own. I’m looking forward to attending workshops at Zion Canyon Art and Flute Festival in June. After that, I’ll just have to see where my flute journey takes me next.”

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