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Classes Begin

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 students! I was thrilled.

Several of the students already had flutes they had purchased. One was by Andrew Begay, one was a High Spirits flute, and two I could not identify the maker. Three of the flutes also failed to identify the key. It made me really appreciate makers who label their flutes.

We went over basic flute construction, basic scale, and using the Fibonnaci chart I found on Robert Gatliff’s website. We have a range of ages and abilities in the group which should keep it both challenging and fun. Next week we will introduce reading TAB, but also try some call and response. I also told them the last class would be a sort of recital for friends and family. Everyone is welcome to visit us Apr. 7th at LSU. (E-mail me for specific directions and time.)

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