Hello, everyone. I’m in the process of building this new website for all those interested in folk music. As I write this first article, I’m just barely getting started with putting this website together. In the past I built my websites with Adobe Dreamweaver, an application that allows me to design a website without layout restrictions. FluteFlights.com, currently our main website, is an example of this kind of freeform layout. But times are changing, and I’m hungering for a different look. So this new site, PlayFolkInstruments.com, is a WordPress website. Even though its layout tools and themes are quite slick and sophisticated, (which is why I am using WordPress to build this site), it’s very, very different from Adobe Dreamweaver. So please excuse my slow pace in getting this new site up and running. There’s a learning curve, and mastering the WordPress tools takes a bit of time.
Why this website exists:
A. One of the reasons PlayFolkInstruments.com is being built is to showcase the music method books I have written. Currently they are how-to books for the Native American flute, the folk banjo, and the ukulele. (There will be even more method books for more instruments as I find the time and energy to write.) On this site you will also find flute builder Chris Fuqua’s excellent book, “Native American Flute: Myth, History, Craft”. Since we are a ways from getting all the description pages up, I refer you to our current website, FluteFlights.com, for detailed descriptions of all our music books. “FluteFlights” was the original home of our Native American flute books, but we now house books for other instruments as well.
B. The other reason this site came to be is to discuss folk music. I love folk music. I learned to play the guitar, banjo and uke by playing folk music. But my music taste is quite diverse. And so is my family’s. My daughter is a professional cellist, my sister is a first rate piano player, my father was a jazz sax player, and I have spent many a happy hour playing my classical guitar. But I also love, compose and finger pick the folk banjo, the ukulele, and I also play the Native American flute. So folk music is just one of those genres that is dear to my heart. If you are reading this article, chances are pretty high you like folk music too. So join our happy little folk music clan because I plan to write many blog articles about folk music. You can help me with this by letting me know what kinds of things you’d like to read about. That will make the site more pertinent to the folk music community. But please excuse me now. I have to get back to working on this dang site…. 🙂