Adding Variety to your playing

If you have gone through the first two lessons and have experienced the thrill of hearing real musical sounds come from your Native American style flute you will be more than ready to develop some new skills. In this lesson I will show you how to add variety and dynamics to your playing.

First, make the sound tah by touching the tip of your tongue to the top of the pallet of your mouth just behind your teeth and blowing some air pressure against it as you suddenly let the tongue go slack. It’s a tah like the beginning of the word table. Do you feel the air blow outward explosively? Try it again – make the sound tah, tah, tah out loud. Now, do it again silently. Put your flute to your mouth and with all holes closed make a silent tah into the flute as you sound the fundamental note. Now, sound the fundamental by just blowing into the flute. Do you hear the difference between these two sounds? The one made with a tah is sharper and quicker than the plain blowing into the flute. This is called a different attack or articulation of the note.

You have learned how to go up the scale by blowing into the flute as you sound each succeeding note. Now go up the scale but make a silent tah each time you sound a new note. Remember the force for the breath comes from the solar plexus. One, two, three, four, five, six tah notes. Then go back down the scale with the same articulation. Let’s change it a little by doing a double tah with each note as you go up and down the scale of your Native American style flute. You sound the note twice - tah, tah note one, note two, etc. And, back down the scale again.

Try the same double note with the breath only (no tah) as you did with the first exercise. Isn’t it interesting how a simple change in the way the note is articulated can make such a difference? Now, alternate the two different ways of sounding notes as you go up the scale. Start by sounding the fundamental note with a tah articulation and then sound the second note with a simple breath articulation. Continue up and then down the scale using the two different ways of sounding the note alternatively. Play with this for a while. Use some tah notes and blowing notes in random combinations and listen to what you are creating. You are adding variety to the sounds the Love flute is making.

Remember in lesson two, when you held notes for different periods of time. Some long and some short. Now play your flute while elongating and shortening the length of time a note is held and the way the note is articulated. Let your fingers and breathe play with the possibilities for a while. Throw in some short intervals of silence between some of the notes. The silent interval is called a rest. Hear how the notes start to find relationships between each other? Your flute playing is starting to become dynamic.

After this lesson you are equipped to really play some music with your flute.

Next Lesson -  Flute Tutorial: Lesson 4

Previous Lesson - Flute Tutorial: Lesson 2

NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

If you not change browser settings, you agree to it. Learn more

I understand

Cookie Policy for At flutes

What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the sites functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The Cookies We Set

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

This site offers e-commerce or payment facilities and some cookies are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages so that we can process it properly.

From time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including; Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Google plus, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren't sure whether you need or not it's usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.

However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods. This Cookies Policy was created with the help of the

Email: [email protected]