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Playing the Blues

on Native American Flute

A introduction on playing the Blues on a NAF with accompanying MP3 audio tracks
Blue Notes
Playing the “Blues” on the NAF is fun and easy. With the addition of just one note to the basic NAF scale you can instantly start playing in a blues style.

The Blue Note
On the NAF when you add a lowered 5th to the basic scale your tunes get a “blues” sound. The lowered 5th is sometimes call the “Blue Note” or a “Flat 5” on the NAF. There are three ways of showing how to play the lowered 5th.

With Finger Chart:

flat 5 for NAF

Using a number in Number TAB

5b

Or, a note in NAF TAB:

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Rhythm and Blues
The blues and jazz are frequently played in a rhythmic style known as “swing.” Swing is a style in which the eighth notes are not played as written but as two notes of a triplet. This means that this rhythm:
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is really played like this rhythm:
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Learn more about swing and the Blues with the Blue Skies download. Included are a printable PDF score in both Number TAB and Finger Charts and two mp3 audio files. Play along with Scott August on an F# NAF, or by yourself to the "Minus Flute" track.
Blue Skies: Blues for the NAF
Blues PDF score and F# Audio Tracks

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Learn to play the Blues with your own virtual band. The Blue Skies download comes with a printable PDF score in both Number TAB and Finger Charts, and includes two mp3 tracks. Play along with Scott August on an F# NAF with the accompanying track or by yourself to the "Minus Flute" track!

Listen to audio samples of the mp3 tracks:

PDF score in Number TAB

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and Finger Charts

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Blue Skies
Blues PDF score and F# Audio Tracks

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