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Crystal Stevens
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Christmas Day is very special to me as a Christian. And so here is my Christmas gift to all my wonderful and very precious friends on Hatrack:

http://youtu.be/6RIeVTjx1bI

May you keep Christ in your heart.
Merry Christmas.

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Thank you Crystal, and a very merry Christmas to you.
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This is late but I just saw it.

I say thank you too.


And on a side note I have thought about using, at least in a cameo, one of these in a novel. My MC will be the sometimes drummer for a group that uses various flutes. And I may give her a new friend that plays one.

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quote:
Originally posted by LDWriter2:
This is late but I just saw it.

I say thank you too.


And on a side note I have thought about using, at least in a cameo, one of these in a novel. My MC will be the sometimes drummer for a group that uses various flutes. And I may give her a new friend that plays one.

Native American flutes come in a wide variety of sizes and keys. The one I'm playing in this video is a bass flute made of poplar in the key of D. It's my largest. My smallest is only nine inches long made of cedar in the key of A. I doubt if you'll find a NA flute smaller than that, but they do come much larger than my bass flute. Also, the smaller the flute, the more high pitched.

You don't see them this large very often, but I saw one about four feet long and two inches in diameter being played once. The man let me have a close look at it and I was amazed at how far apart the finger holes were and how large. I have small hands and could put my index finger right through the holes. Also my fingers couldn't stretch far enough to cover the holes anyway. The flute in the video is probably as large as I can go and still play the instrument. Something you might want to keep in mind if you have a NA flute player in a story.

They can also be made in a wide variety of woods. I have flutes made of aromatic cedar, walnut, birch, sassafras, poplar, bamboo, and mahogany. Maple is also a very popular wood with cedar the most traditional.

So if you have any questions about these flutes, feel free to pm me. I'll be more than happy to help if I can [Smile] .

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quote:
Originally posted by Crystal Stevens:


Native American flutes come in a wide variety of sizes and keys. The one I'm playing in this video is a bass flute made of poplar in the key of D. It's my largest. My smallest is only nine inches long made of cedar in the key of A. I doubt if you'll find a NA flute smaller than that, but they do come much larger than my bass flute. Also, the smaller the flute, the more high pitched.

You don't see them this large very often, but I saw one about four feet long and two inches in diameter being played once. The man let me have a close look at it and I was amazed at how far apart the finger holes were and how large. I have small hands and could put my index finger right through the holes. Also my fingers couldn't stretch far enough to cover the holes anyway. The flute in the video is probably as large as I can go and still play the instrument. Something you might want to keep in mind if you have a NA flute player in a story.

They can also be made in a wide variety of woods. I have flutes made of aromatic cedar, walnut, birch, sassafras, poplar, bamboo, and mahogany. Maple is also a very popular wood with cedar the most traditional.

So if you have any questions about these flutes, feel free to pm me. I'll be more than happy to help if I can [Smile]

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My MC will be the substitute hand drummer for this band. It will have one NA flute, this one sounds good, that one from Australia I don't know how to spell, possibly a penny flute or pan pipes, maybe one other, and a string instrument of some type-not the usual ones. Each player is from the country the instrument is from except for my MC but as I said she is a substitute. I already have one book about this MC that establishes she drums and substitutes in bands. This band could be introduced in the second book. On a side note I already know the ending of that book but not how that ending comes about. I may have to surprise myself with that as I write it.

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Sounds good, LDwriter. Only one minor thing though. There are Irish flutes that are played like the silver flutes you see in HS bands, but there's no such thing as a penny flute. They're called penny whistles, also known as tin whistles or Irish whistles.

Hope your book turns out well. Good luck with it [Smile] .

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Well, I have seen a picture of the penny whistle and looks like a mini flute to me but I haven't seen one in person.
Or is there a nickel flute? My poor memory could be getting the name mixed up.

Someone, in a band, said that they were called that because they could be easily carried and people would play them for a penny.

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