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Tablature Is Hope For All Musicians

Tablature can be controversial, especially to those who are content with playing by ear. Some musicians love it. Some don’t want to learn it. You probably already know what tablature is. We’ve talked about it in other blog articles I’ve … Continue reading

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Starship Flute!

Many years ago, when I co-owned and co-operated Awe-Struck E-Books, one of the first ebook publishers on the Net, we eventually were publishing more than 400 titles by more than 100 authors. It was a lot of work, but it … Continue reading

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Building a Native American Flute

The Native American flute is one of those folk instruments that looks like it would be easy to build. After all, it’s just a simple barrel with six, (or five), holes drilled down its length. You blow in one end, … Continue reading

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The Distinct Advantages of TABLATURE

In our last article we discussed the basics of “tablature.” Tablature is a notation system that makes music compositions accessible to musicians with little or no music background. The more familiar western music notation, recognizable by its elliptically shaped note … Continue reading

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The Basics of Tablature

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog articles, you’ve probably already read my previous blog about my piano lesson years as a young child. I learned to play the piano by learning the “standard” elliptically shaped note and staff … Continue reading

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Those Danged Piano Lessons!

As parents, we want to give our children every opportunity we can afford. I knew that’s what my parents had in mind when they insisted that both my sister and I take piano lessons. Back then most people were unaware … Continue reading

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The Native American DRONE flute!

There is power in the drone! I’m not talking about the military drone that can wreak havoc from the sky. I’m talking about the peaceful drone note that is often used in folk music. If I would ask you to … Continue reading

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Native American Flute Types

As a fanatical player of the Native American flute, this question is often asked of me: How does the material a flute is made of affect the tone? The answer is greatly! So in this article I will talk specifics about … Continue reading

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Playing Interpretively

There are two types of musical instruments. There is the electronic instrument. This would include electric guitars, and various offsprings of it. The other type of instrument is the nonelectric instrument that doesn’t depend on pickups and amps to make … Continue reading

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The Pete Seeger Banjo Style

There are several ways to play the banjo. In fact there are many ways. If you doubt, listen to 5-string banjo master Bela Fleck. If you want to hear really great banjo, listen to Bela Fleck and his wife, Abigail … Continue reading

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