Native American Flute


It's easy to play the Native American Flute.


The Native American Flutes (NAF) I am performing on are build by Odell Borg, who founded High Spirits in 1990. His work shop is located in the beautiful South Arizona town of Patagonia.


I am a recording and touring flautist, playing at Art Festivals, Farmers- and Flea-Markets nationwide. My Flutes of choice are Odell's High Spirit Flutes, which are easy to learn without any prior musical knowledge. Most NAF come as 6 hole flutes. To enjoy an easy start, and to utilize the easy harmonizing pentatonic scale (5 tone scale), I recommend to close the 3rd hole from the top or to use a 5 hole flute. See picture below:

A           C           D           E           G           A   A minor, aromatic Cedar


To make covering the holes easier, fatten your fingers and use the finger pads rather than the tips to cover the holes. With either hand, cover the top two finger holes with your index and middle  fingers. Use the index, middle and ring fingers from the other hand to cover the bottom three holes. Use the ring-finger from the top hand and your little fingers and thumbs to support the flute, all fingers are touching the flute body.

Creating Music:
If you are new to playing flute, start with just one tone: Close only the upper 3 holes (3rd hole is covered by leather band) with the left hand and the 3 right hand holes keep open. Play some long tones and some rhythms just with this one note. EASY IS RIGHT! Now ad just one tone by closing the highest hole of the right hand. And again just play around with this 2 tones for a while. Keep on adding tones until you can play the whole scale, but remember just adding one tone a time and playing different combinations before moving to the next tone. Before you know it you will have a song. Songs can be created with very few notes & keeping it simple and repeating 3-4 tone patterns and ending a phrase with a long tone helps to create haunting melodies of your own. There are no right or wrong ways to create music.

Techniques: Breathe – Beyond closing all the holes, playing a flute is about applying the correct amount of air pressure rather than air volume. On smaller flutes like this one, you will need to generate more air pressure than on larger deeper toned flutes.

Fingering: Sliding the finger off the hole slowly will draw the note out (bending the note). Covering only half of the hole will create a different note.

Rhythm: Every song has a rhythm. With the flute the rhythm is created with the tongue by simulating the letter “T”. Repeat the letter “T” with your tongue into the flute & then slowly back off & be become more subtle with it.


For more details - Downloads:

001 - How to play the Native American Flutes (6 holes)

002 - How to play the Native American Pocket Flute (5holes)   VIDEO-Am-Pocket-Flute    

         Introduction - Vibhas 2018   VIDEO-Gm-Pocket-Flute

003 - How to play the Spirit Flutes    

004 - Empty NAF Tablature (TAB)      6-holes-4x9    6-holes-4x12      


Here are a view free songs with sheet music including Native American Flute Tabulature and a VIDEO link to High Spirits or other Friends of the Native American Flute. The PDF-TABULATUR can be played on all kind of pitched flutes, while the video has to be played along with the right pitch. Hope that helps to get started:


1. Blowing In The Wind - Traditional Folk Song (see note X1) - PDF - VIDEO-Dm-Flute   

2. Corn Planting Song - Traditional Hopi Song - PDF - VIDEO-AM-Flute  

3. Danny Boy - Traditional Irish Song -  PDF - VIDEO-Gm-Flute  

4. Death Song - Traditional Cherokee Song - PDF - No-Video

5. House of the Rising Sun - Traditional - PDF - VIDEO-Dm-Flute

6. Hush Little baby - Traditional - PDF - VIDEO-Bm-Flute

7. Jingle Bells - Traditional Christmas Song - PDF - No Video

8. Over The Rainbow - For NAF - PDF - VIDEO-Bm-Flute

9. Paddling Song - Traditional Lummi Song  - PDF - VIDEO-Cm-Flute    

10. Papago Crop Sowing Song - Traditional - PDF - VIDEO-Am-Flute

11. Silent Night - Traditional Christmas Song - PDF - VIDEO-F#m-Flute         

12. Spirit Dance Song - Traditional Sioux Song - PDF - VIDEO-F#m-Flute  

13. Sunset Song - Traditional Zuni Song - PDF - VIDEO-Gm-Flute  

14. Twinkle Twinkle -  traditional Children Song - PDF - VIDEO-Bm-Flute   

15. Wendeyaho - Traditional Cherokee Song - PDFVIDEO-Bm-Flute  VIDEO-Gm-Flute




Cherokee Morning Song - "Wendeyaho": You have to enable JAVASCRIPT PopUp for this page so that the MP3 player can open and the PDF viewer can open in a separate window!

F# minor NAF:  PDF (F#m)MUS (F#m)

A minor NAF:    PDF  (Am) - MUS (Am)  MP3  (Am)

B minor NAF:    PDF  (Bm)  - MUS (Bm)   - MP3  (Bm)

"Wendeyaho" by Sudha Kheterpal: VIDEO Link to YouTube (Bm).


If you enjoy playing along with Sudha's beautiful Haunting voice, please support her by buying her CD:

Buy CD "Planet Love" by Sudha Kheterpal on AMAZON ("Wendeyaho") 


Play-along with VIDEO Link to YouTube (Bm)


Play-along with MP3 (Am)


  NOTES to Copyright and Public Property rights:

X1: I called this Song Traditional Folk Song because of the following facts and because I am not using the lyrics which are by Bob Dylan recorded "Blowin' in the Wind" on July 9, 1962, for inclusion on his second album, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, released in May 1963.

In his sleeve notes for The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991, John Bauldie wrote that Pete Seeger first identified the melody of "Blowin' in the Wind" as an adaptation of the old African-American spiritual "No More Auction Block/We Shall Overcome". According to Alan Lomax's The Folk Songs of North America, the song originated in Canada and was sung by former slaves who fled there after Britain abolished slavery in 1833. In 1978, Dylan acknowledged the source when he told journalist Marc Rowland: "'Blowin' in the Wind' has always been a spiritual. I took it off a song called 'No More Auction Block' – that's a spiritual and 'Blowin' in the Wind' follows the same feeling."[7] Dylan's performance of "No More Auction Block" was recorded at the Gaslight Cafe in October 1962, and appeared on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991.








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