Sunday, February 13, 2011

Radiant Sky nominated for Best Album of the Year

Congratulations to Scott August!
from Cedar Mesa Music

Radiant Sky

Radiant Sky

Nominated for two ZMR Awards!

Best Album of the Year &
Best Native New Age Album

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

NAF Major Scale Fingering

In all of the previous articles about scales we've delved a little bit into how major diatonic scales are constructed but not how to play them. Some of my students asked me recently about how a major scale would be fingered so I thought I'd make this available to everyone.
The first thing to remember is that the basic scale on a NAF is a 5-note, or pentatonic 1-3-4-5-7 scale. The so-called "Minor Pentatonic". Although for most of you this is common knowledge, it's worth pointing it out since any full diatonic (7-note) major scale will have to have crossed fingering.

Very quickly let's review the NAF Minor Pentatonic scale. NAF-Pentatonic-Minor-3 As most of you know, this is pretty easy to play. Starting with all the holes covered you lift one finger at a time beginning with the bottom finger, working your way up the flute, but never lifting the 4th hole from the bottom. In this scale it always stays covered.
If we want to play a Major scale starting on the root note of the flute (all holes covered) we can only get a partial 6-note major scale.

Read the full article and see the finger charts