Hi, John. It has been some time since I chatted with you and Karen. I just enjoyed some of your videos on youtube and decided to check in with you on a special instrument that I have. It is a Concert Grand by Dwayne Wilder of Bear Meadow Dulcimers. It is not a standard Concert Grand, but highly specialized at my request. It is truly one of a kind. If you know of someone in your circle of influence who may be interested in such an instrument, I can provide a complete description along with photos. Just let me know. Other than that, I just wanted to drop by and say hello to both of you, and again, to tell you how much I enjoy listening to your music. Please keep in touch now that I am back in the loop.
the Dewey Dulcimer System
How can I obtain info on the festival in June if I am not on Facebook?
KMW sounds fun. I think I may have known what that was...but drew a blank. ha.
But first, I am excited for the Arkladulcifest coming up in June! Benton, Arkansas is just a few hours drive for me. I do have a variety of instruments for sale (finally downsizing) so I am bringing them along to display. Who knows, maybe someone will want to trade a flute for one of my instruments for sale!
Some people say that they are taking your flute classes as KMW. What is KMW?
I have a Sparrow Hawk A and a pocket flute A - and am taking your flute classes in Benton. You said on someone else's page that you would be focusing on B and D. I am showing my newbie-ness, but does that mean you need a B or D flute???
Thank you. Are you one of the key players of the Arkansas festival coming up in June?
Hi John! Thanks for the welcome to FOTMD. I am just a beginner but am looking forward to learning more from the group. Thank you again, it is great to find such a friendly group. Barb, Blackdogbess
John, I always look forward to your postings and would love to have you as a friend. I think you will like my latest: Where Will I Shelter My Sheep Tonight. John McKinstry
Thank you! This site is a great resource!
Thank you. As you can probably guess by my late response, I've got a lot to learn about this site.
Thanks so much for the welcome!!
John and Karen, Thanks John, I have been switching hands when one gets tired when I am playing my flutes.
I begin my day with playing my flutes on my porch. I believe I needed to learn to breath again. I am learning that my lower hand seems to have trouble with hole covering once in awhile.
For me, it is more soothing for me to play my flutes then listen to music; I close my eyes and think of my breathing and which finger I want to move from a hole and I hear the sounds and the different sounds I can make with my fingers changing or what I am doing with my tougue.
I think it will be a very fun journey, I am enjoying the sound of the flutes so much.
Hi John and Karen, I received my two N.A. flutes from High Spirits, they are beautiful. I like the intro. book w/cd and also I got the Spirit Song book by Odell Borg.
I have noticed that the angle I hold the flute and my air flow makes a difference to the sound. Then I am getting used to doing the 6 hole scale to sound consistent up and down, I know this will take practice. The big thing is the comfort of holding my hands one above the other and which is more comfortable and gets the best sounds.
I am not too concerned about tab right now, just want to keep it simple and get the feel and sound by ear.
I am having fun with the differences of the two flutes, one smaller and believe it will be a fun musical activity to learn.
Thank you for your support and encouragement, I love listening to you both play flutes.
I am impressed with Odell Borg and his videos, workmanship and encouragement for folks to play N.A.Flutes.
Thanks for the tips John, I have never played a flute type instrument, but then again never played a string instrument, but now I am slowly learning dulcimer.
I think it will be a nice musical project to share with the 8 yr. old who is with me often and hope I will guide her well so we can make up some ryhthums with the flute like we do with the dulcimer and soon one of us can play flute along with the dulcimer.
I will let you know how we do. It is exciting musical journey.
Hi John and Karen, you have inspired me to learn NA Flute, been spending time watching and listening to you both play along with the dulcimer, I enjoy it very much.
I am hoping that playing the flute w/o western music influence it will bring out the music in my soul to help me be expressive with my dulci. I am really looking forward to sharing this with lil' girly. I will enjoy watching a 8 yr. old learn and be expressive with the flute.
I am buying 2 flutes from "High Spirits" and have spent time watching Odell Borg Videos, they are very helpful.
The flute I bought for my girl is "Kestrel" in high "D"in birch. The flute I bought myself is "Sparrow Hawk" "A" in white cedar.
I know you play High Spirits flutes and sell them, if you have any tips or suggestion for me to play I would be really open to hearing them. I would also love to hear your experience with playing them.
They are a joy to listen too and I hope to combine flute and the dulcimer.
Thank you very much for the welcome !
Thanks for the welcome!
Thanks for that, see you all thursday.