From News Release
A new book by Dr. Henry R. Hermann, Enjoying the Native American-Style Flute, has been written primarily for the beginning flute player. Seasoned flute players will find it appealing also because of the numerous references and websites to help them find just about everything needed to enjoy this amazing instrument. The Native American-style flute is typically a wooden or cane instrument that was first developed by people indigenous to North America and primarily used for courtship purposes. It was also used in religious ceremonies.
Since the 1970s, the contemporary form of this instrument has experienced a surge of interest in the United States and throughout the world by people in all walks of life. While some indigenous people remain traditionalists in their playing, contemporary music for the Native American-style flute often takes on many forms.
Enjoying the Native American-style Flute comes at a time when playing and making Native American-style flutes is becoming extremely popular with both indigenous and non-indigenous people. The growing population of flute enthusiasts is serviced by the many gatherings called flute circles, an International Native American Flute Association, numerous internet vendors, annual flute events, symphonies, workshops, pow wows, and other music events around the country; this boost of activity being referred to as a "Flute Renaissance".
Details not generally available in other books on playing, making, and caring for the flute, along with reference to literature, CDs, videos, internet sites, and over 300 companies will assist both beginners and accomplished flutists. Along with many photos and illustrations are diagrams on making a wooden or bamboo flute, and its care.
Being a flutist himself, Henry Hermann's book contains everything a flute player should know in order to enjoy an instrument that is rapidly growing in popularity throughout the United States and other parts of the world. The book is well-illustrated with color photos and diagrams of how flutes are made, of their sound chambers, scales and tuning. There is ample information on the different types of flutes, wooden, cane or plastic, with suggestions to help select and purchase a flute.There are chapters on the fundamentals of playing, making, and caring a flute. As a starter, music is given for three favorite tunes. The reference section lists useful books, internet sites, flute companies, and instructional books, CDs and videos. The book is well organized and easy to read and understand.
1. This book should go far as a definitive guide for anyone who wishes to purchase or maintain Indian flutes. Such a book will not make you an expert as only time and dedicated practice will help you move toward that goal. Included as well are adequate instructions for making your own creations. Appendices are worth the price of the book alone as they give you important Internet sources, instructional books and CDs available, video tapes of historical and instructional value, flute makers and their respective websites and/or email addresses, and selected library materials for further research. --Chuck Hamsa Reviewers Consortium, September 2005