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I've had folks come to me who are looking for Native American music to play on their flutes. I've found these books.  Below you will find four categories with eleven books. These books are written with standard notation. See disclaimer below if you don't read music.

First category is the "Native American Music in Seven Volumes" series.

This category represents songs from seven different areas of North America. Pictured below is Volume 1, "Indians of the Southwest". Below that an example of one of the pages from this book.

 Order Volume 1, Indians of the Southwest  $5.95
Order Volume 2, Indians of the Plains  $5.95
Order Volume 3, Indians of the Northwest  $5.95
Order Volume 4, Indians of the Lakes & Woods  $5.95
Order Volume 5, Indians of the Great Basin  $5.95
Order Volume 6, Indians of the Southeast $5.95
Order Volume 7, Indians of California  $5.95
Order  All  Seven Volumes "Native American Music in Seven Volumes" $39.95

Next, we have "Earth Mother Flute Songs" for 6-hole Native American Flute by Laura Lee Perkins

In this book you will find a collection of 35 songs. This book uses a combination of music notation for rhythm and a numbering system for pitch. It is designed to accommodate the non music reader as well as accomplished musicians.

Order "Earth Mother Flute Songs", $19.00

Next, we have "Music of the Cherokee Nation" Vols. I & II

These volumes are written for Native American Flute or recorder with drum and rattle. Note from the Author:

 All songs and dances of Music of the Cherokee Nation, Volume I and Volume II are playable on Native American Flutes. Six-hole diatonic scale flutes can play all pieces, while modal scale flutes can play some. Five-hole pentatonic scale flutes can play only a few. Some pieces have also been transposed to make them accessible to soprano and tenor flutes in D or alto flutes in G.

All pieces can also be played on recorders of any kind,  modern transverse flutes, as well as pennywhistles in D, C, G and low D. In some cases gemshorns and ocarinas can be used.

The use of a single or double sided drum and a good rattle (or maracas) will add greatly to make this music come alive.   George Kelischek

                                     

"Music of the Cherokee Nation Volume I " $9.95
"Music of the Cherokee Nation Volume II " $9.95

Music of the Tohono O'odham Nation Volume 1

 All songs and dances of Music of the Tohono O'odham Nation Volume 1 are playable on Native American Flutes. Six-hole diatonic scale flutes can play all pieces, while modal scale flutes can play some. Five-hole pentatonic scale flutes can play only a few. Some pieces have also been transposed to make them accessible to soprano and tenor flutes in D or alto flutes in G.

All pieces can also be played on recorders of any kind,  modern transverse flutes, as well as pennywhistles in D, C, G and low D. In some cases gemshorns and ocarinas can be used.

"Music of the Tohono O'odham Nation Volume 1 " $9.95  

Finally,  we have "Eight Animal Dance Songs"

Based on music of the Alabama Tribe and arranged for three Native American Flutes,  SAT Recorders or in some cases, Gemshorns, by John S Kitts-Turner.

"The upper voices in these trios are the themes derived from Frances Densmore's field work with the Alabama Indian tribe in 1933. In the case of some ethnological research, there is a possibility of scribal error or individual performance variants and the appearance of frequent meter change and irregular meters may be questioned. The arranger has therefore, in some places, paraphrased the notated melody in order for it to be more easily playable and more rhythmically regular." John S. Kitts-Turner

"Eight Animal Dance Songs " $9.95
A note about music books and reading music. I know this may sound ludicrous, but, believe it or not, I've had requests for refunds because the customer finds they cannot read music. I have to say that I'm not much of a reader, but if you're going to purchase a music book, I will not allow refunds because the purchasing person cannot read. So, if you want a music book and cannot read music, then I'd suggest purchasing "Understanding the Gift" by John Vames which is available on this site. This book will not only teach the skills needed for getting the most from your flute, it will teach you how to read Nakai Tablature. It also has songs in the back to learn.

The Nakai Tab is good to know, but be advised that some of the books on this page use standard notation and key signatures, not the Nakai Tab. Some of the Mary Youngblood books, also available on this site use the Nakai Tab as well as fingering charts for each note.

I hope this disclaimer will help clear up any confusion. Thank you for visiting my site!

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