One of the most important definitive sources for information on the Native American flute.
Having been good friends with Odell for 20 years, I am continually amazed by his commitment and dedication to providing an easy and informative approach to learning this instrument. Some aspect of his journey is linked three times on this page, and his blog provides yet more useful information. Most every contemporary player began with, and continue to use his instruments, and I am no exception.
Excellent resource for Native American art, including virtually endless links to all things Native American.
These folks build a simple, indestructible sound system for amplifying, and contouring the voice of your flute. Its 6 AA batteries last about a year, and the unit hangs over your shoulder like a camera. Powering up and down is as simple as inserting or removing the mic plug. After struggling with my “Walkabout” instrument for years, this is a refreshing alternative.
I’ve recently been introduced to the musical genius of Bill Leyden. In a body of work approaching 40 CDs, he explores every nuance of these instruments. I personally love those tracks artfully arranged with brilliantly added instrumentation, finding them to be a fresh and welcome departure from stand alone NAF music. I’ll be including his CDs “Track of the Bear”, or “Beloved” with your flute purchases. Click his name to hear it all.
Dayton C Miller flute collection
……So you think you know flutes do ya.
Cedar Mesa Music
Scott August, another friend and extremely gifted recording artist, has dedicated a website to providing both visual and auditory magic as he draws upon his knowledge and passion for World Music, and the Native American flute. This site is a glimpse of his journey, and I’m both inspired and educated by each visit. Plus he plays my flutes.
A great site should you want to cut and paste my text or complete web pages into YOUR language. It won’t work if you invented your language, and is a huge waste of time if your language is English.
50,000 year old New Zealand Kauri. The story.
Overall, in my opinion, possessing the finest harmonic, or cellular characteristics for flute building, These folks have a fascinating story. This is not however, framing material for that spare bedroom. Take a look.
The Native American Flute Portal
Established by Jeff Ball, and Geoffrey Ellis, a couple of guys who are dedicated to advancing the knowledge base for this instrument. The site includes music downloads, classified ads, flute circle information, event schedules, and all within an interactive framework.
Brent Blount / Jazz, Blues, Native American, and classical music
Few people travel through this life, and find their true artistic calling, ..at all. Fewer still, find and nurture that calling from youth. This artist is one of those few, and the expression of his art is oh so smooth.
An excellent musician, and shade tree musicologist, Randy and I met at Zion, where his skills became instantly apparent. I think you will enjoy his work, and thereafter, New Mexico.
Native Flute Tracks
For those of you who are serious about applying this instrument to existing pieces of music, or creating printable versions of the music in your head, Clint Goss has created an elegant and sophisticated, freely downloadable program of useful fonts for NA flute and fujara. If after using the program, you decide your work is SO GOOD, you have to share it with the world, … Just give Clint credit for creating the program which allowed you to visually document it in the
Mark Purtill is a builder of Anasazi and Mojave rim blown flutes. The design is based on the original Native American flutes, and although the voice is extremely haunting, with a two to four octave range, the flutes are challenging, and require a great deal of practice. Mark builds his flutes from PVC, so they are extremely affordable, and as user friendly as is possible with this instrument. His blog is interesting and can take you to his available instruments for sale. He also has a free “how to” guide on the website.
Greybeard’s Flute Life Wax
Ed Dougherty makes a wonderful FDA safe flute wax, in small batches, in his kitchen. he also makes flutes, drums, walking sticks…the guy is an artist. A very busy one. . Now I won’t be upset if you buy one his flutes or drums because you’ll buy one of mine eventually anyway, but I want you to look at this wax. Not only is it great protection for your flute, there’s something both soothing and cathartic in the process of doing something nice for your flute, particularly since it does so many nice things for you.
This is where I can give folks up to the minute info on everything that is Querencia. The glamour, the press releases, the cutting edge new innovations, all direct from the Querencia Woodwinds World Headquarters. ….which you know to be a 6 by 8 ft. three sided shack.
NA flute lessons on video
My Friend Odell Borg has released to YouTube, a beautiful series of videos to facilitate immediate understanding and mastery of this instrument. Absolutely worth viewing.
Mini showcase of my most recent projects
This is my Querencia Facebook page, wherein I post work that for the most part, is not yet on my website. On that page, if a sound file is available in an instrument’s description…that flute is on the website. Facebook membership is NOT required to see what’s new.