Production Log: Gnossienne 1

This piece was written by Erik Satie around 1890 as a solo piano piece. Here it is arranged for Native American flute, ukulele, percussion, and introducing the “NAFeridoo”. Pre-production The first step was to analyze the structure and rearrange for my ensemble. The original composition is in the key of F-minor with only four chords […]

Production Log: Maiden Glide

This tune is an adaptation of “Gliding Dance of the Maidens” from the Polovtsian Dances by Alexander Borodin. I heard it one day on the classical music radio station and thought it would sound nice on the NAF. From my first hearing, I was getting a swing rhythm in my head, and for a jazz hound, […]

“Giant Steps” on Native American Style Flute

I understand for many people that this will fall into the category of “just because you can doesn’t mean you should”. To them, the idea of employing the NAF in a “real jazz” setting borders on the absurd. The NAF just doesn’t have enough notes or the response needed to get the job done. Or […]

Guilele String Experiment: Terz EFS

Since my first thought experiment about guilele, I have acquired a guilele, a Córdoba Mini M. It comes with Córdoba-branded Aquila strings in the standard “A to a” tuning. They sound pretty good actually though I’m not crazy about the squeakiness of the wound basses. So I decided to try the “Terz EFS” setup alluded […]

Ukulele String Experiments: Thinking About Guilele

As of this writing, I do not have a guilele. Guitalele? Guitarlele? Whatever you want to call them, these instruments have 6 strings on a ukulele sized body and scale length. The most common variants are either 17″ tenor scale or 20+” modern baritone scale. Of course, there are others in between and some longer. […]

Production Log: Way to Blue

Question: how do you get six different flutes, in effectively different pitch references, to harmonize together? Answer: you cheat 😉 1. Arranging When I started this arrangement, I wasn’t entirely sure it would work. The idea was to capture some of the feeling of the original album version with the melody sitting in the middle […]