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 […]

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 […]

Discovering the NAF: Dealing with Different Pitch References

One of the “facts of life” when dealing with Native American flute is that they vary in pitch reference. Sometimes this is intentional because the maker tuned it that way, for example A=440Hz vs A=432Hz. Sometimes it is environmental – a cooler flute plays flatter than a warmer flute. Sometimes it is player preference – […]

Production Log: Sea Flat

Pre-production: The idea for this one started with a Facebook post about a modern take on the suling. The example given was similar to a NAF, having 6 holes and pentatonic tuning, but it had a different tuning being tuned to a modern scale of B C D F# G. I got to thinking about […]