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Native North American People have used the flute for many centuries to serenade prospective loved ones, which is where the name Loveflute or courting flute originates. It is also used for bird call, healing and for universal prayer.

The dulcet tones of a loveflute are haunting and melodious as they float on the air, it is hard not to be moved by its calling.

It is an easy instrument to learn and play, the musical scale used is known as the Pentatonic minor scale which is the original musical scale, each note is harmonious within the scale so any combination of notes will sound sweet together.

Playing the flute is beneficial to human health in many ways. To play you must learn to regulate your breathing which will then lower your blood pressure and help to calm the mind and spirit - it is impossible to play the flute angrily!

How to play the loveflute.

Begin by finding a place where you will not be disturbed. Sit comfortably in an upright position with your shoulders relaxed, this will allow your breath space to move without restriction.

The fingers of the left hand should be nearer to the top of the flute which is the mouth end, the right hand towards the bottom end of the flute.

Make sure that the jigger is positioned correctly and that the flute is voiced properly. The square sound hole should be fully open to get the best sound. With all the playing holes open you should get a nice, clear, high pitched note when you blow gently into the mouth piece.

Next, try to cover the first hole with the index finger of your left hand then blow and hold that note and slowly work down each finger hole on the flute until you have all holes closed and the deepest note of the flute. That's the hard part. The bottom note needs very little breath.

You can play many recognisable tunes but it is a good idea to get to know the different notes by simply playing. Once you get to know the instrument it will teach you what it is capable of doing and what it is not capable of. Make up your own melodies and practice them until you have learnt them off by heart. There are advanced playing techniques such as cross-fingering and over-blowing but they will occur naturally to you the more you play.

There are also many fine tutorials on YouTube if you need a visual aid.

Best of luck

Kris the Fluteman

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