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Songwriting Shortcuts for the Native American Flute Book [Print Version]

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Writing music can be a very rewarding and creative process, but sometimes it can be overwhelming – especially if you're new to this, or you've been told that you're not good at songwriting!

When I was a kid, my piano teacher told my mom that I wasn't cut out for music. For years I listened to that false belief. Then my creativity was liberated when I began playing the Native American flute and employed the strategies found in this book.

I didn't know anything about music, but I came up with my own way of writing music and capturing melodies... and it worked!


That framework helped me write more than 200 songs to date.


With this book, you'll learn how to:

  • Capture those short melodies so that you can repeat what you just played
  • Learn better phrasing habits so your playing sounds more poetic
  • Control your energy and dynamics so you deliver a more emotive performance
  • Arrange your song so that you aren’t mindlessly noodling
  • Connect your story so you have the confidence to share your music



This 48-page book is full of jumpstarts and frameworks to help you be more creative. This book is the secret sauce and I'll show you the shortcuts to these exact tactics!

Creative endeavors require good tools. That's why I've built a resource toolkit where you'll find capturing tactics, arrangement strategies, blank NAF TAB sheets and a story sheet as part of this book to help you maximize your songwriting experience.

On top of all of this, you don't have to know anything about writing or reading traditional music.


Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781716615955
  • Publication date: 09/10/2020
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)

Note: This e-book will not be addressing how to write the notes on that staff. Instead, we are focusing solely on finger diagrams for now. If you already read Nakai TAB you are welcome to use that feature. I will be creating a course for learning the Nakai TAB system in the future!


Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
I wrote my first song!

I know I have a ways to go but thanks to Jonny I was able to write my first song. His direction and method really helped me SEE what I'm doing and how it all sounds. I went from a mindless noodle of a bunch of stuff to a really nice three minute melodic song. Can't thank you enough Jonny!

Making music

This book helped me see how simple it is to make music. I still do the "noodle" as Jonny says, but when I want to actively write something memorable, this is the ticket. Thank you Jonny!

Quick and easy

I got Johnny’s book for songwriting a few months ago and I’ve written several songs since. He breaks it down really well and offers a good approach to writing memorable songs not only for my quaint audience (my dog and wife) but also so I can remember what to play! Bravo Johnny! I really like what you’ve done here.

Helped me "connect the dots"

I've been playing the flute for about 5 years and struggled to really play anything repeatable. Friends would ask me to play something and I usually went to Zuni Sunrise or Amazing Grace. When they would ask me to play something original I felt like I was noodling with direction. This book helped me see the simplicity of songwriting and now I have several tunes that I can play! Thank you, Johnny!

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