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Flute Playing Resources

Flute Playing Resources

We're here to help you on your flute-playing journey. We offer the largest, most complete selection of how to play the Native American Flute books and videos by R. Carlos Nakai, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Tim Crawford, Jeff Ball, Kimble Howard, John Sarantos, Carl Bludts and Laura Lee Perkins for the beginner to the advanced musician. Start by learning the basic scale, breathing and playing techniques, fingering, and many other helpful tips with one of our easy-to follow books or videos. Learn to play the Native American flute without reading music with some of our simple approach books using finger charts. A finger chart is a picture to show you where to place your fingers. We have songbooks with finger charts and companion CD's so you can play songs without reading notes or flute TABlature. Learn flute TABlature, a form of scored music for the Native American flute developed by R. Carlos Nakai, with one of the informative, practical guides we offer. We have songbooks with both traditional and contemporary songs compiled by some of the most notable Native American flute authors and players in the world. Learn direct from R. Carlos Nakai, Douglas Spotted Eagle, John Vames, Mary Youngbood and more.

My first flute from the Oregon Flute Store arrived today, a black bamboo flute in E by James Galliland. It plays with beautiful overtones and a wonderful, lively breath. It easily reaches two notes above the octave, bright and true. It doesn't seem to get as wet as soon as my hardwood flutes. I also have a hardwood E flute and while I love its tone this bamboo flute really moves me. It's a bit quieter and a bit softer and it invites the ear in to listen. This flute is also so very beautiful to look at, and it weighs next to nothing.

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance, for packing and shipping this flute with such care, and for giving artisans like James Gilliland the best possible kind of place to bring their gifts to the public.


~Fredric Isler
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We offer flutes crafted by several flute makers. Some are Native; Some are not. We do not claim to be affiliated with a Native American Tribe. Some of our flutes are considered to be Native American Style Flutes. Not all our instruments and accessories are being made by tribal recognized Native American Indians. We will indicate in the product description if the item is Native made. Please visit The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 for more information on this issue. 
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