The Complete Guide to Songwriting for the Native American Style Flute

Turn Your NAF Ideas Into Songs
Level: Beginner to Advanced

 

The Complete Guide to Songwriting
for the Native American Style Flute
Scott August


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You too can write music for the Native American Style Flute! Even if you’ve never written a note before. Native American Music Award (NAMMY) Winner Scott August guides you through easy to understand, step-by-step instructions, on how to turn a few notes into a captivating melody and then transform your melodies into complete songs for the Native American Style Flute.

Explore different methods for composing a melody. Discover the techniques to get your ideas written down before you forget them. Master the artistry of ornamentation. Learn new strategies to get out of a “rut.” Be able to remember your tunes! The Complete Guide to Songwriting for the Native American Style Flute makes it easy for anyone to start writing and playing their own songs for the NAF!

Learn How To:

• Remember what you play
• Write a full melody from just a few notes
• Quickly write out a tune &endash; before you forget it
• Recognize the rhythms you create
• Explore advanced rhythms, like dotted notes, pickups and triplets
• Add trills, turns, chirps and other NAF effects to your tunes
• Understand your ideas and know what you’re playing
• Work with basic song forms
• Write songs that sound polished and professional

Lavishly illustrated with over 200 examples, diagrams, drawings and NEW Songs.

206 Pages

Contains easy Step-by-Step Guides to Writing a Song

Topics Include:

BASIC MUSIC CONCEPTS

How tempo, rhythm, pitches and scales work together
Melodic shapes and how they work


TAB FOR THE NAF

Which TAB is Best for You?
Using TAB to Remember Your Tunes
Going Beyond the Basic NAF Scale in TAB


MOTIFS AND CADENCES

What is a Motif and How to Use them to Write Songs Like a Pro
How Motifs Help You Remember What You Play
Closing Thoughts: Cadences, and How They Help End a Tune


FORM: ORGANIZING YOUR SONGS

How Form Works
Turning Tunes into Songs with Form


ADVANCED RHYTHMS

Ties
Dotted Notes and Dotted Rhythms
Triplets


NOTES A RHYTHM: THE STRONG AND THE WEAK

The Natural Stress of Rhythm
Syncopation
Pickup Notes


FIGURING OUT YOUR TUNES RHYTHM

Understand What You are Playing and Exploit it


ORNAMENTATION: THE SPICE OF MELODY

Chirps
Trills
Mordents
Turns
Bends
Tips for Using Ornamentation


DEVELOPING A SONG

How to take a Simple Song and Make it Fully Realized
Adding Passing Notes
Adding Ornamentation


THE HARMONY OF THE NAF

How the NAF Uses and Implies Harmony

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Reviews and Comments for
The Complete Guide to the Native American Style Flute

"If you are looking to improve your Native American style Flute playing, this book is a must have! Not only does it offer plenty of cool information about the instrument itself, Scott's well written technical exercises will take your playing to a whole new level. I teach Native American Flute and I consider this the most important book to really hone your technical skills. Scott is incredibly thorough in his approach and top shelf in his ability to teach via written medium as well as online as an awesome instructor. This book is step-by-step guide gets my highest recommendation."
Ami S .

"I love it because it is written plainly and easy to follow. Each section builds on the previous section. I have really learned a lot about playing with this book"
-Barbara D.

"The Complete Guide to the Native American Style Flute is fantastic. Got my copy on Friday and have been busy with it all weekend. Read it cover to cover, Scott has done a really fine job. If I was a flute teacher, I'd make this a required reading"
-William B.

"It's a great book for practice and reference.  I am learning a lot from it. Every flute player, novice or noted, should have and use this book."
-Mack R.

"The chapter on basic composition is worth the cost of the whole book. [August has] filled a missing niche in the existing method books. Well done"
-Peter R.

"I have learned more in the first 29 pages than I have in the last 3 years of having a flute. I'm looking forward to reading and learning from this book." -Lewis E

"I have been practicing the exercises in your book and my flute playing is rapidly improving!"
-Ed S.

"Just received my copy....it is awesome! Worth 5*****'s!" [5 Stars]
-Jane T.

 

 

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