Judy Robinson

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Location: Gainesville, FL
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Monica Salt Springs Terry Wilson Lexie R Oakley

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Native American style flute (Bm, cedar) with 5-string Kantele


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Duration: 00:00:57
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The cedar flute has a beautifully mellow tone. Played along with the 5-string kantele, you can hear how these two instruments play well together.
Judy Robinson
04/20/16 09:57:42PM @judy-robinson:

Terry Wilson:

Judy

    Your  "Wrensong"  story is very interesting and entertaining.  Thank you for sharing.

    A couple of weeks ago I was relaxing on my fishing dock overlooking the river, playing a HS Pocket G flute.  A Cardinal added to my serenity, perhaps 10 ft away.  I would have sworn the beautiful red bird was mimicking the flute sounds.  Stayed with me probably 5 minutes.  

     Nice expereince. 

Terry 

 

Ah - you know @Terry that you are making the music that speaks. Can there be a more convincing accompaniment than a cardinal voice!


Terry Wilson
04/18/16 04:14:35PM @terry-wilson:

Judy

    Your  "Wrensong"  story is very interesting and entertaining.  Thank you for sharing.

    A couple of weeks ago I was relaxing on my fishing dock overlooking the river, playing a HS Pocket G flute.  A Cardinal added to my serenity, perhaps 10 ft away.  I would have sworn the beautiful red bird was mimicking the flute sounds.  Stayed with me probably 5 minutes.  

     Nice expereince. 

Terry 

 


Judy Robinson
04/17/16 08:42:38PM @judy-robinson:

Helen Seiler:

I really enjoyed this Judy.. lovely playing and a clever clip.

Thanks, Helen.  And thank goodness for iMovie that makes it easy to produce clever clips :-)


Helen Seiler
04/17/16 02:42:01PM @helen-seiler:

I really enjoyed this Judy.. lovely playing and a clever clip.


Judy Robinson
04/15/16 10:57:28AM @judy-robinson:

Terry Wilson:

Wow.....  that was sure pretty, Judy.  Of course,  I love the NAF, and you sure did a a superb job.   The flow of the sound is so continuous,  rather than da ta da ta ta ta.

I'm working on that, but not there yet.  My wife said :  "When you begin to sound like that,  you can come in off the porch and play your flute in the house."

 

Glad you liked it, Terry. Thanks for the kind comments. When I first started playing, I only played outside.  And within 5 minutes of working away on getting notes, a tiny South Carolina wren flew in and perched on the fence in the backyard.  I would play a phrase and it would sing a phrase.  I became so caught up in playing with the wren I forgot to think about my breathing.  The goal became to see how long we could keep the duet going -- and I didn't want to be the first one to quit!  Ultimately, WrenSong became the name for my  flutes as it is a blessing from the Wren to let me know when a flute is ready to go into the world. 

As I talked to others who had played the flute longer than me, people told me that I will know when I play ok because animals will be attracted to my playing.  My cat doesn't run away. Squirrels emerge and sit up and listen when I am playing. Mockingbirds come and sit on the bird feeder to listen.They turn their heads like they are listening intently.  When in the Smokies, a deer came right up and grazed for about 30 minutes while we kept playing -- mesmerized by the power of the experience. 

I guess I am saying, the porch is the best place to play as you watch for birds, squirrels, and who knows.  All the best in your playing. 

 


Terry Wilson
04/15/16 08:35:11AM @terry-wilson:

Wow.....  that was sure pretty, Judy.  Of course,  I love the NAF, and you sure did a a superb job.   The flow of the sound is so continuous,  rather than da ta da ta ta ta.

I'm working on that, but not there yet.  My wife said :  "When you begin to sound like that,  you can come in off the porch and play your flute in the house."

 


Judy Robinson
04/14/16 09:09:37PM @judy-robinson:

Salt Springs:

That was funny...........you must have posted that video just about the time I walked back in the house and bingo.....this month the tune is Li'l Brown  Jug.............look under music.............and find Dan's entry.........he nails it.

Thanks, Salt. We were in sync!  Thanks for the pointer to L'il brown jug.  

Do you play with the Leesburg Dulcimer group?  A great group there.  I need to go back and play with them. They have a lot of fun and seem a great group!


Judy Robinson
04/14/16 08:59:42PM @judy-robinson:

 

Monica:

What a pretty flute!!

Thank you, Monica.  I love to do the woodburning on my flutes for the extra unique look to them.  


Judy Robinson
04/14/16 08:58:08PM @judy-robinson:

 

Strumelia:

Ok, my head is confused- sounds like you are fretting chords on that kantele...?  How are you doing this?

 

Pretty images by the way!

Hi Strumelia, 

Yes, I am strumming the kantele.  There are five strings with the notes A, G, F#, E, D.  I damp (which is just placing my fingertips lightly) certain strings which means they don't sound.  Then I strum. The remaining strings are free to sound.  This produces at least 3 different chords one typically needs to play the song. In this case D, G, A.  

There are no frets on the kantele -- unlike the dulcimer -- so sheepishly I admit that my fingers remember the chords more readily on the kantele. It's what I call an easy-entry  easy-learn instrument to play.   I always forget what fret what finger has to be on to play chords on my dulcimer.  So when I need to play something quickly --  either to work it out for a new song, or have a background to play a flute along with -- I pick up my kantele for quick work.  

The honeysuckle is just out today (with all our rain) and it's my favorite fume, so I couldn't resist posing the instruments with it.  :- )

 


Judy Robinson
04/14/16 08:49:13PM @judy-robinson:

Lexie R Oakley:

Sounded very nice Judy. Did you play both instruments and do the recording tricks?

Hi Lexi, 

Yes, I recorded the kantele strumming first. I use GarageBand and put down that track.  Then I played the flute on a second track.  Not sure that there were too many "tricks" because this is a new version of GarageBand I am learning and I have no idea how to tweak the sound much -- like with reverb etc.  So don't think there is any tweaking unless it was default settings.  I love to practice this way and develop new songs this way.  Lots of fun. 

Then, I needed to capture the flute and kantele I played so I took video outside before it rained and added the soundtrack to the video in iMovie.  Since my fave aroma -- honeysuckle -- was in bloom today, I couldn't resist mingling!  Thanks for your kind comment.


Strumelia
04/14/16 08:12:47PM @strumelia:

Ok, my head is confused- sounds like you are fretting chords on that kantele...?  How are you doing this?

Pretty images by the way!


Monica
04/14/16 06:16:55PM @monica:

What a pretty flute!!


Salt Springs
04/14/16 05:56:04PM @salt-springs:

That was funny...........you must have posted that video just about the time I walked back in the house and bingo.....this month the tune is Li'l Brown  Jug.............look under music.............and find Dan's entry.........he nails it.


Lexie R Oakley
04/14/16 05:34:36PM @lexie-r-oakley:

Sounded very nice Judy. Did you play both instruments and do the recording tricks?


Judy Robinson
04/14/16 03:33:27PM @judy-robinson:

Salt Springs:

thumbsup   Really outstanding sound and such a whiz with the camera/video stuff...........bravo!!!

Gosh, you're right there, Salt!  Your turn.  What's the song of the month here?  How do you find out?


Salt Springs
04/14/16 03:23:22PM @salt-springs:

thumbsup   Really outstanding sound and such a whiz with the camera/video stuff...........bravo!!!