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An excellent "source" book for any one with an interest in the Native American flute. It is suitable for classroom instruction, as well a self-tutoring. This text covers topics from history and designs to learning how to play the Native American flute. An explanation and description of the TABlature created by R. Carlos Nakai, an aid for the notation of music for the Native American flute, is also included, as well as student exercises. Music is also included ranging from simple beginning tunes to music for intermediate and advanced students. Additionally, contact information for approximately 50 Native American flute builders is listed.
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Through the years I have noticed a number of friends and folks who, with great expectations, purchased a handcrafted Native American flute, only to shortly thereafter set it aside in disappointment. When I had an opportunity to question these folks as to the origins of their disappointment, the common thread was that they could not get the "hang of it," but felt that if they had a book on how to play the instrument that they would have been able to get somewhere with it. I would patiently explain to them that they did not need a book and that all they had to do was play the flute and the magic would happen; but they put the flute on the shelf anyway. Eventually it dawned on me that there were a lot of folks with a serious interest in this lovely instrument who really could benefit from having a book to help them along the path of their own flute journey. It was shortly after being exposed to the TABlature system created by R. Carlos Nakai in 1994 that I decided that I would attempt to write such a book. I feel that this second edition has now fulfilled my own goals and expectations of what I felt a beginning student of the Native American flute would like to have a little help with and know about the instrument, as well as providing a TABlature explanation that would benefit both beginning players and advanced players. Lastly, while not a definitive text, I feel that I have also fulfilled a goal of trying to present some history of the instrument and its various designs so that those folks who would simply like to know more about the instrument would have a source book. For those that have an interest, my album Voices on the WindWalker label contains 12 songs whose music is also presented in TABlature form in the Flute Magic. The songs presented on the album: Leaves; Coals; Alone; Eagle Flight; Embers; Watching You; Story Circle; Cloud Watcher; Passages; Reflections; Old Ways and Destiny. It is anticipated that sometime during 2000 a second album of music, substantially from the book, will also be released. Travel in peace on your own flute journey and may it bring you harmonious joy and discovery. "Then comfort appears in the vibration of sound As my flute lifts my soul to a much higher ground And I am at Peace as my heart I have found From the inner warmth of this haunting sound."
Tim "WindWalker" CrawfordAbout the Author:
Tim "WindWalker" Crawford has performed on five albums of music of the Native American flute: Shadows (1992), Guardian Spirits (1993), Mystic Visions (1994), Hear My Heart (1995) and the latest release, his first solo album, on his own label (WindWalker), Voices, (1998). Tim is currently working a new solo album with an anticipated release date of spring 2000.
Crawford wrote a book on the Native American flute entitled Flute Magic: An Introduction to the Native American Flute, first published in January 1998. In September 1999, a 172-page second edition was published. Tim composes and arranges music, in TABlature, for the Native American flute. As of September 1999, Tim has copyrighted 34 original compositions for the four-, five-, and six-hole Native American flute, as well as arranging and transposing 12 traditional and indigenous songs.
Several of Tim's songs, as well as several articles written by Tim, have appeared in the Voice of the Wind which is the quarterly publication of the International Native American Flute Association. Most recently, Volume 4, 1999, contains an article titled "Song Writing: Getting Started" for the Native American Flute.
Tim's music has appeared or has been featured on a number of videos with the most recent being the video documentary Steinauer Nebraska (1997). In October 1999, Tim was commissioned by a Boston composer to record 10 tracks for use in the 1999 film Iditarod.
Live performance venues, both inside and out of doors, have included folk festivals, coffee houses, cafes, book stores, flute gatherings, dedications, ceremonies, and record stores. With one exception, Tim has hosted an annual workshop on the Native American flute at the Anchorage Folk Festival since 1994.
In 1994, 1995, and 1998, Tim attended a week-long workshop on theNative American flute hosted by the world-renowned teacher and recording artist R. Carlos Nakai. In 1996, Tim attended a Music Production Workshop at Berklee College of Music.
Tim "WindWalker" Crawford, 59, has resided in Anchorage, Alaska for 32 years. He is a member of the International Native American Flute Association, the Arizona, Northern California, Montana, Utah, and Oregon Flute Circles, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), the Alaska Music Industry, an associate member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and is presently represented by ASCAP.
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Book Description RainDance Publications, Suffolk, Va, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. . . . . 2nd edition. 4to, paperback. NEW. Bright, crisp & clean, unread; covers glossy. Tiny scratch on cover from storage. 172 p. of music, illus. Seller Inventory # 1140107.05