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Native Flute Playshops

Native Flute Playshops are special programs led by Clint Goss and Vera Shanov, for people who play (or wish to play) the Native American Flute. They are typically done in conjunction with a major Native Flute event or gathering and include people of all levels of music experience. Native Flute Playshops are being done at St. George, Zion Canyon, and Valley Forge PA this year.


Native Flute Playshops focus on building confidence playing the flute in many settings and styles and expressing your inner voice. They are fundamentally based on this Bill of Musical Rights developed by David Darling and the Music for People organization.

Topics typically include:

  • The elements of music - melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, and silence;

  • Basic Native Flute modes, techniques, and ornaments;

  • Basic improvisation techniques such as call-and-response, solo over drone, and repeated patterns;

  • Song forms such as A/B/A contrast, blues, and rounds.

And we mean it when we say Playshop ... participants will be playing most of the time! You will get an opportunity to play solo and in ensembles in many settings, and work with facilitators from many different corners of music.

Regardless of your current level of experience, if you want to bring your flute playing to a new level, these are the workshops to attend!

Duets Workshop in Dallas

For a sample of the specific details of a Native Flute Playshop, see the Three-Day Native Flute Playshop for FluteQuest 2006.

Upcoming Playshops

Please check for upcoming workshops on Clint's Calendar Page. Thanks!

Drum Circle


Native Flute Playshop on PalTalk

Clint in the studio Vera in the studio

Clint and Vera are hosting experimental Native Flute Playshops on PalTalk. To participate, all you need is to be a member of PalTalk and run the PalTalkScene application or PalTalkExpress brower applet during the session. Here's the details:

Native Flute Playshop on PalTalk

What you need:

PalTalk membership (free)


Thursday evenings
7:00PM to 9:00PM Eastern Time


Paltalk Chatroom: Ethnic » Native American »
                 Native Flute Playshop

For more details, visit our PalTalk Native Flute Playshop program page.


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