Soaring Spirits Resources

Resources to Bring With You to the Workshop

This page is where we will post handouts for you to bring to the workshop and other information you might find helpful.

HANDOUT:
MUSICAL TERMS AND CONCEPTS

The PDF below will be helpful during the workshop. You can print, and/or download from the display below or click here to have it open in your browser
Please bring a printed copy with you to the workshop.

HANDOUT:
Blank Sheet Paper

We will be providing each participant with some blank sheet music but if you want more you can print, and/or download from the display below or click here to have it open in your browser
Please bring a printed copy with you to the workshop if you think you might need extra.

MUSESCORE: FREE NOTATION SOFTWARE
Muse Score is a free, open source notation software that can display music for the NAF in the musical form of NAF TAB.
It can also import and export files with more expensive notation software, like Finale, when using the MusicXML format.
I am always looking for tools to help my students and that are also affordable, and believe that the latest version of Music Score is
very powerful and flexible. If you are using NotePad by Finale you might find Muse Score allows you do do things NotePad will not.
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Muse Score works on Mac and Windows OS.
Visit Download page to the version right for you.

How To Videos
The videos below will help get you started. There are more on the musescore YouTube page

Muse Score in Minutes: Lesson 1

Muse Score in Minutes: Lesson 4

Muse Score in Minutes: Lesson 3

OTHER VIDEOS

Alternate Video of Lesson 6
Muse Score Version 1
How to Add Lyrics (Number TAB)

Muse Score in Minutes: Lesson 2

Muse Score in Minutes: Lesson 6


HANDOUT:
MuseScore Help Sheet

We will be providing each participant with a copy of this handout but if you want more you can print, and/or download from the display below or click here to have it open in your browser
Tips for getting ready for the Soaring Spirits Songwriting 2018 workshop:

  1. First and foremost: Get ready to have fun! The Santa Fe Flute School workshops are about learning, but in a fun, relaxed setting. 
  2. Be comfortable with your flute. Be able to pick up your flute and cover all the holes without looking at it, or your hands.
  3. You should never be lifting the ring finger of your upper hand by accident.
  4. Be best friends with the NAF scale. Play the scale a lot, preferably slowly. Get past only thinking about your fingers. Become familiar with the sound of the scale so that when you are improvising a tune, you can quickly find, and play, the notes you are hearing in your head. 
  5. Know Number TAB for the pentatonic minor scale by heart. The numbers used in Number TAB will be the lexicon for the workshop. For clarity, I only talk in Number TAB, not notes or finger charts. In the workshop we will learn how Number TAB provides directions and clues as to how your tune is “musically" working. If you don’t know Number TAB you’ll be at a disadvantage during the workshop and be playing “catch up”. While you do not need to know most of the non-pentatonic minor scale numbers or their associated fingerings/notes, you should know the Number TAB and fingerings for both 6ths and able to do them when needed. You can find Number TAB through these resources: Part 3 of The Complete Guide to the Native American Style Flute on page 41, or the Number TAB section of The Complete Guide to Songwriting for the Native American Style Flute or the online handout which can be downloaded from http://santafefluteschool.com/numbertab/
  6. Be able to play rhythms, in time. This workshop is for Intermediate level NAF players, therefore you should be able to play any of the first five songs in the “Songs for the Journey” and "Cielo Viaje" (on page 113) section of The Complete Guide to the Native American Style Flute. (pages 108-113 in the book.There are audio examples at http://santafefluteschool.com/songsforthejourney/) This means being able to play both the notes and rhythms, in time, not "freely." If this is beyond your technique, you might not be at the Intermediate level. But you have plenty of time to get there, if you prepare now. 
  7. Compose little bits of music and write them down. Get used to writing down short ideas, including the rhythms. This can be anything from few notes to a whole tune. (You can use Number TAB or NAF TAB -aka “Nakai-Demar TAB” with Number TAB below it. Don’t use finger charts.) The workshop will show you many ways to organize your ideas, and how to make them stronger, and more interesting. However, the more comfortable you are with the act of writing down your ideas, the quicker you can apply what will be covered in the workshop.

While this may seem like a lot, please remember that everything listed above is part of normal music creating: Know your instrument; know the notes/scale; practice writing ideas and playing songs. And, of course, having fun. 

Don't feel you need to be able to do all of these things perfectly. Music is an ongoing journey. No journey, or traveler, is perfect! However, the more footsteps you put down, the more ground you will cover, and the better you can navigate the bumps in the road ahead.
If you feel you need help with any of these items I am available for
Skype lessons.

HANDOUTS:
TRANSCRIPTION EXAMPLE #1

Here is an example of a short transcription of a popular tune from when we were much younger. Is it exactly how you remember it? Most likely not, but it is a starting point from which each person can change to their taste.
The PDF will might be helpful during the workshop. You can print, and/or download from the display below or
click here to have it open in your browser
Please bring a printed copy with you to the workshop.

HANDOUT:
TRANSCRIPTION EXAMPLE #2

Here is an example of how the classic song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” could be arranged for NAF.
The PDF will might be helpful during the workshop. You can print, and/or download from the display below or
click here to have it open in your browser
Please bring a printed copy with you to the workshop.

Have a question about the Soaring Spirits workshop or visiting Santa Fe?
Let us know at
info@santafefluteschool.com