Beginner Native American Style Flute Book

by Ami Sarasvati, CMP

Book Description

This little book is the perfect place to start your journey of learning to play the Native American style flute (NAF). No musical experience is necessary. In fact, for many people, learning to play the NAF is their first experience playing an instrument. This book will guide you through the basics of playing your flute right away.

Shop Owners

Do you sell flutes in your retail space? If so, having this beginner book on hand for your customers will likely increase your Native American style flute sales. Your customers will appreciate high quality instruction they can easily access at the time they are purchasing their new instrument.

If you carry other books, such as R. Carlos Nakai’s book, this book will give readers the foundation they need to be able to apply their new skills to advanced concepts and all the wonderful music in his book.

Why Stock This Book in Your Store?

  • Hundreds of happy customers have purchased this book and continue to do so every month on Amazon and IngramSpark
  • Your flute customers need a reliable and affordable way to learn to play their new instrument
  • Providing this book in your shop will help them have a rewarding experience right away with their new instrument
Beginner Native American Style Flute Book

Hardcover, Paperback, and Ebook
For Individuals and Small Groups

For Stores, Schools, and Libraries
Hardcover ISBN 9798988351818
Paperback  ISBN 9798988351801

Preview the Book (Original is 60 pages)

five star

“If you’re one of the many folks who have purchased a NAF after hearing the enchanting sound of this magical instrument; only to find out that you have no idea of how to begin; then, this is one of the best places to start. Clear, incremental steps, good exercises, practice plans, and great online resources. While the book may be best suited to supplement individual or group lessons, it is an excellent guide and resource for beginner and novice players.”

John W

five star

“Ami’s Discover Your Heartsong method of Native American flute playing simplifies difficult musical concepts in understandable nuggets of doable knowledge. This method has allowed me, for the first time in my life, to ‘play from my heart’ rather than the ink and paper. Finally, I feel like a musician instead of just a technician.”

Kathleen M. Albert, PhD

five star

“I really liked the thoroughness of this book! You can go from an absolute beginner to an intermediate player. There are songs, scales, exercises, and internet links. I think the book is very well thought out! I also liked the sense of spirituality. This is a great resource for both students and teachers! I highly recommend this book!”

John Hamer

Table of Contents

  • Welcome from the Author
  • Discover Your Heartsong
  • Checklist
  • Native American Style Flute Anatomy
  • Body Awareness and Postures
  • The First 10 Hours & Mirror Practice
  • The Pentatonic Minor Scale
  • Climbing the Ladder
  • Long Tones
  • Neighboring Notes
  • Improvising on Neighboring Notes
  • Jumps
  • Playing From the Heart
  • Welcome Song
  • Community Music Making
  • Written Music Basics
  • Basic Rhythmic Notation
  • Volume and Pitch
  • Introduction to Ornaments
  • Lakota Courting Song
  • About R. Carlos Nakai and Nakai Tab
  • Lakota Courting Song
  • Pranayama
  • Zuni Sunrise
  • Ideas for Playing with Other NAF Players
  • The Major and Minor Scales
  • Extended Scale
  • Mode 1 and Mode 2
  • Spring Dance
  • Amazing Grace
  • Blues and Gypsy Scale
  • Kiowa Love Song
  • Anasazi Love Song
  • Resources
  • Daily Practice Sheet Blank Template