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Composition Techniques and Song Forms

The Native American flute encourages you to play from the heart. The ease of creating a beautiful sound, the basic scale of the instrument, and the lack of ties to formalized classical music all lend themselves to songs that carry forth from the soul in a “stream of consciousness” style.

For the player, and often for the listener, this stream of consciousness style can be wonderful. But at some point, many players look to add some structure to their music. This could come up when starting to play with other musicians, from a desire to tell a particular story through song, or a want to expand musicality.

This set of web pages each describe a song composition technique or song form. Most are straightforward, some have you playing with another instrument, and all are fun:

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