Time to move on…

Posted by on January 16, 2014 at 7:11 am.

In  the DVD that accompanied my Native American Flute, Odell Borg (owner of High Spirits flutes) mentioned that it might be time to move on from scales when you got sick of playing them. I might be at that point… but I’m still playing “scale like tunes” since I do find it helpful with familiarizing myself with the sounds made depending on which hole is covered/uncovered. I’m familiar with them now since I’ve played them so much. I’m also sticking with the scales while I get used to proper breathing and fingering techniques. That’s coming along nicely too. You know (for met at least) breaking free of the piano playing mentality is not as hard as I thought it would be, and for that I’m thrilled.

I’m including a clip from last evenings practice sessions. If you listen, you can tell that I’m not polished with my Native American flute playing.

Since purchasing my Native American flute from High Spirits, I’ve made an effort to play daily. No… it’s not always easy. Some days, it’s only a few minutes and other times I’ve been able to practice for at least an hour.  I still take the time to play. In time, that dedication will pay off, and the clips I share here will be miles ahead of where I am now.  I’ve already seen progress from the first clip I shared last weekend.

I still have so much to learn about the Native American flute, and I’m fine with that.  There’s always a beginning, at times, some people forget that and set something aside because they aren’t as “accomplished” as others they have heard. That’s a bit silly, right? Do you really think you should be amazing if you are learning something for the first time?  Instead of setting unrealistic expectations, just enjoy the journey.

This work in progress flute player will keep practicing, because I know in time I will improve.


  • suituapui says:

    There is a Chinese saying that says that a journey of a thousand li (mile) starts with the first step. That sounds pretty good, I would say. Very nice, pleasant. Keep at it – it can only get better and better.
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    Opal Reply:

    @suituapui, I’ve heard that expression before and it’s so true and thanks for the kind words.
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  • Jennifer says:

    I was away from blogging for about a week or two but am back and have seen your posts on Facebook (trying to get back into that for work!) and enjoyed seeing and hearing about your music adventures 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, I’m having a lot of fun learning a new instrument. My daughter has accompanied me (on the piano) with a few of the pieces I’ve played. A few of been actual songs, and other things I made up. She’s good at playing adapting to whatever I come up with.
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