Now that you have learned how to make six different sounds (notes) on your Love flute it is time to start using these notes to make music. Our body, mind and soul enjoy new experiences. Our desire and capacity for learning new things is just amazing. And it’s fun too. We will now begin to build on what you have learned in lesson one.


Breathing correctly


Before you start playing your flute, let’s make sure you are using your breath properly. Stand up and put your right hand over your solar plexus or stomach area. Now take a breath in and let it go out through the mouth. You should feel your solar plexus rise as you breath in and fall back down as you breath out. To do this you do not need to take a big, deep breath. Just be sensitive to the rise and fall as you breath in and out. Remember, it’s not your chest that rises and falls; it’s the stomach area. When you feel this rise and fall you know that you have a foundation upon which all the rest of your playing can be built.

Blow into your Native American flute and sound the fundamental note. Pause and breathe in and blow again after raising the ring finger of the right hand to sound a second note. Keeping the ring finger up take a breath and raise the middle finger off of it’s hole and blow into your flute again to sound the third note. Do the same with the index finger. Skip the ring finger of the left hand and raise the middle finger of the left hand and blow into the flute to sound the last note on the pentatonic scale. Pause and raise the index finger of the left hand off the flute and blow to sound the second octave fundamental or sixth note.


Holding notes


To take what you have learned and turn it into music all you need to do is change the time intervals that each note is held. In musical terminology the length of time a note is held are called whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and eight notes. The whole note is the longest. Simply stated, you hold one note longer than another. Try your scale holding different notes for different lengths of time. You will discover that these changing periods of time you hold the notes sound pleasing. This, in its simplest form is  making music. Experiment and discover what sounds good to you. You are making Native American flute music.

Now try doing the same thing in reverse. Keeping all the fingers off of their holes (except for hole four) blow into your flute. Pause, put the left index finger down and blow. Pause, put the next finger (the right index) down and blow. Continue in this way back down the flute until all the holes are closed again and you have sounded the lowest note. You will want to do this many times until you feel comfortable with it. You are playing (some would say practising) scales.

Let’s try going up the scale in one breath. Breathe in and blow into the flute sounding the lowest note and then lift the fingers one at a time while continuing the single breathe until you get to the top. Keep your fingers up. Pause, take a breath and blow into the flute while lowering your fingers one at a time going down the scale until you are back to the lowest note. Don't worry if you need to stop and breath - you'll get it. Do this exercise until it feels comfortable.

Try going up and then down with a single breath. Blow the fundamental and go up 1, 2, 3, 5, 6. And, without pausing 5, 3, 2, 1, fundamental. This is called a run up and down the scale. Play with this for as long as you like and hold some notes longer than others.


Next Lesson - Flute Tutorial: Lesson 3


Previous Lesson - Flute Tutorial: Lesson 1


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 CookiePolicyGenerator.com

Email: john@atflutes.com