Tag Archives: music

Abstract Watercolor by Judy Robinson

Creativity and Purple Elephants

In making and selling both musical instruments and watercolors, I have conversations with many adults who tell me that they couldn’t play the flute or try watercolors themselves because they aren’t creative or artistic. Recently when I suggested to a friend that we could paint watercolors together on my upcoming visit with her, she emailed […]

Jingle Dress Dancer

Jingle Dress Dancers

Google Doodle’s Celebrating the Jingle Dress Dance is a reminder of the Jingle Dress Dancers I’ve seen at Native American powwows. The Jingle Dress Dancers were one of many dancers celebrating at the Chambers Powwows I’ve attended. All the powwow dancers convey different elements of Native American life and culture with costumes showcasing a connection […]

WrenSong Kanteles

The kantele complements the Native American flute wonderfully. These are delightful instruments and easy to learn to play.  They may take some time like the ukulele and Native American style flute to learn to play well. The kanteles I primarily make are 5-string versions.   In 2018, I released a 6-string version but find that […]

Ukulele & Native American Style Flute

I am reworking my website and reducing the number of pages dedicated to specific topics.  This blog post was previously a page on the site dedicated to Native American style flute and ukulele music.  I will no longer be creating this particular mode of music but want to leave it available for the many who […]

Chris Thile

Mandolin and Chris Thile in Gainesville

Chris Thile — mandolin player, composer, songwriter and singer. Playing the mandolin for and hour and a half…with no break. His performance in Gainesville at the Phillips Performing Arts Center was amazing. For the first hour, I watched with my inner jaw hanging open. The mandolin was an extension of him as he played. He […]

Happy Make Music Day

Happy World Music Day! What a great way to recognize the importance of music and its ability to bring people together. World Music Day (also called Make Music Day) started in 1982 when the Ministry of Culture in France launched the Fête de la Musique (“festival of music”). The event was a day of free, […]

Native American Style Flute Players at the Leesburg, FL gathering. March, 2018

Lessons from Shakuhachi flute

It’s always fun to experiment with making different flutes.  Lately I have been experimenting  with making Japanese shakuhachi flutes from PVC cold water pipe. It is not an easy flute to learn to play but it is a wonderful sound when you do get a note.  Given how hard it is to achieve playing a […]