2016.11.13 Added We Wish You a Merry Christmas to the songbook. It can be played solo or as a duet.
2016.11.09 Added Ode to Joy to the songbook, just in time for the holiday season.
2016.11.07 Enhanced the songbook's finger pictures to better indicate trilled notes. For individuals that may not recognized the trill ( tr ) above the musical staff as something special, we suggest a finger hole to trill (open and close repeatedly) with a wavy line next to it.
2016.10.28 Added On the Bridge of Avignon to the songbook. Thanks to RC for mentioning this melody. He was just back from France and their music was on his mind.
2016.10.18 Added Brahms' Lullaby, and Toutouig.
2016.10.03 Added a duet versions of Silent Night to the songbook. Thanks to Joan Johannes for this contribution.
2016.09.25 Added a duet versions of Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence to the songbook. Thanks to Joan Johannes for this contribution. Over the last decade, she has shared many of her duets. Because of limitations in the old songbook, we could not share them here. But this has changed with the new songbook which allows melody and harmony parts to be presented side by side. So we begin with Joan's earliest submission, and will follow it with many more.
2016.09.20 Added Skye Boat Song to the songbook. Some will recognize the melody as the Outlander Theme. Thanks to Juan Saldania for pointing out this traditional Scottish tune and for the discussion on its scale and variations.
2016.09.11 Added a new version of Ave Maria to the songbook. Thanks to Keith Davis for this contribution. You can hear him performing Ave Maria on YouTube, along with many other instructional videos.
2016.09.03 Added Just As I Am to the songbook. Thanks to Sara Duvall for this contribution.
2016.09.02 Added an early written account from 1606 of flute playing by Saco indians in Maine. Thanks to Carmen Halagahu for finding the original French text and providing an initial translation. Because of ambiguities in the original 400 year old French text, there has been a discussion about proper translation. The biggest questions was if these flageolets were nose flutes, a type of flute not know to North America at this time, or were they just showing off by playing the flute through their nose. Not answering that question, we provide a 1911 translation of the text that states "they whistled through their noses".
2016.08.20 Released the new songbook for the contemporary Native American flute. It has been completely re-typeset with improved musical notation. The songbook's index has been reorganized into categories that make it easier to find melodies. This is in preparation of doubling the songbook's size in the coming couple of years. Also these changes are paving the way for adding duets, flute choir, children songs and guitar/piano accompaniment.
Also the entire website has been refurbished to simplify our future efforts to support a modern range of handheld to desktop devices. This required changing over 400 web pages, mostly by hand. In the process of this, quite a few of the essays were edited to bring them up to date. Initially you will see more colorful graphics, easier to read fonts, and higher quality graphics. In the long term, these changes will show off foundation's community projects.
2016.08.10 Added New logo to website, Facebook, and Twitter. Finished the conversion of the website to FluteTree.org. The month of July was spent on re-typesetting the old songbook. Numerous corrections and additions have been made. It is currently in the hands of our proofreader. If all goes smoothly, the new songbook will be up in about two weeks.
2016.06.16 Revised Mission statement and list of personnel.
2016.05.31 The Board of Directors of the FluteTree Foundation will be meeting June 14 - June 16, 2016 to create strategic business plans, programs, and projects for the foundation.
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2016.05.28 The "Renaissance of the Native American Flute Foundation, Inc." has renamed itself to the FluteTree Foundation and has become the new steward of the FluteTree website. FluteTree Foundation plans to continue the fourteen year tradition of providing free and useful content to the flute community.
In the past there has been some confusion in the names of two organizations: RNAFF, the non-profit foundation with its bi-annual convention, and the independent RNAF (that's with one F) workshops that are held annually in Montana for over 20 years. To avoid such future confusion, RNAFF board of directors in cooperation with FluteTree's original steward, who is also on the board, have legally renamed RNAFF to FluteTree Foundation. The newly revised flutetree.org site will continue to exist even though we are a non-profit, because so many websites point to it. A flutetree.org site will appear shortly with the same content. At the same time, we are harmonizing these changes with facebook and twitter.
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