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Flute Workshop (4th in a series) March 10th at Sunburst Sanctuary

posted Feb 21, 2012, 10:19 AM by Alice Reinheimer   [ updated Apr 15, 2012, 12:32 PM by Erica Reinheimer ]

The next flute workshop at the Sunburst Sanctuary is March 10, 2012. There will be a beginners session that starts at 10:30. We will cover the basics of playing the native American style flute: breathing into the flute, covering the holes, and the basic scale. We might get into some ornamentation if we have time. We will break from 12:00 to 1:00. Folks are welcome to bring a lunch. We typically spend the lunch hour eating and getting more acquainted with each other. At 1:00 the main part of the workshop will begin. This is the fourth in a series of workshops. My focus in the workshops is to encourage the ability to improvise on the flute by developing playing skills and techniques. We will work with rhythm, ornaments or embellishments, scales and modes, chords, playing with other musicians, learning songs and what ever else comes up. We use exercises to help develop these new skills. We are using the 6 hole style of flute as it has much more versatility than the 5 hole. The ideal key is A on a flute that easily plays the A minor pentatonic scale. I have flutes made by Butch Hall that are excellent for beginning players available for $55. They are in tune and have 15 notes available. The workshops are held in the main lodge at the Sunburst Sanctuary which is a 4,000 acre property along highway one between Lompoc and Las Cruces. Sunburst is a spiritual retreat center where spiritual growth through the use of Kriya yoga is encouraged. Please be aware that the use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco are not permitted at the sanctuary. Please don't bring pets with you. The suggested donation for the afternoon workshop is $25 or $30 for both sessions. I can take cash or checks on Saturday. If you need to use a credit card you should take care of that with the sanctuary staff prior to the workshop. You can contact the Sanctuary through the website: or by calling 805-736-6528. I'll send directions if/when you let me know you are planning on attending. The sanctuary is about an hour and a quarter south of San Luis Obispo. alfred king <>

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