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 […]

Production Log: No Mercy

This is my version of Holly Hofmann’s “No Mercy” but arranged for Native American flute and ukulele instead of the original silver flute and piano. Update: the song was actually composed by Glenn Cashman; here’s a great version of it with Glenn on tenor sax. Update #2: After talking with Glenn, I made a mistake in […]

Production Log: Waiting for Spring

Composition for this track started on my Ono baritone ukulele experimenting with chords using two fingers and two open strings. Here’s the simplified chord chart: I threw in some more fingers later but that was the starting point. Ironically, this much was done in the spring and I posted a quick jam of it back in […]

Production Log:Swiftlet in the Sun

Composition for this one began just noodling on my Ono baritone ukulele. The chord progressions were worked out and entered into the Guitar Toolkit app for safekeeping. I went through a number of attempts at formulating a style and arrangement. I tried some ideas in ChordBot, iDS-10, and DM2 and didn’t really settle on anything […]