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Ideas How to Decorate your Instrument with Native American Designs Here are suggestions using "basic art concepts". All you need to do is memorize them and then "apply them" to decorating your flute. By the way, when my students get concerned about "messing up", I tell them "You won't mess up if you a) practice a little, b) pay attention, c) GO SLOW, even when you color in areas, I always say go fast you mess up a test, go fast you get sloppy, read too fast and you won't understand what your reading, ride a bike or run too fast too fast you can fall...GO SLOW 150 KB
HELP SHEET: Designs of the Americas p.1 Martin Espino created this material using the 7 Universal Designs of Art alongside the Indigenous Art from various American sources (North, Central and South). The 7 Designs are there so you ask yourself, "Which of those designs is going to help me draw that art?" Or for that matter, any other art or art you're imagining. I find this helps enable my students (any age) to depict the world around them and be creative!!! 417 KB
LEARNING MATERIALS p.2 Examples of how your flute can look. This is what Martin uses in his "FLUTE MAKING" workshops and residencies!

Martin Espino created this material using the 7 Universal Designs of Art alongside the Indigenous Art from various American sources (North, Central and South). The 7 Designs are there so you ask yourself, "Which of those designs is going to help me draw that art?" Or for that matter, any other art or art you're imagining. I find this helps enable my students (any age) to depict the world around them and be creative!!!
Have fun, any questions? Ask!
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How to Care for your Bamboo Flute!!! I designed this for my workshops and school residencies. You can download it or not, but read it! 27 KB
Indigenous Mexican Art example of Tesselation or Outlining #1 My ancestors created some wild art...you can find more and even better examples of how to outline or "tesselate" by looking up HUICHOL YARN PAINTING. That's what these two examples are. 130 KB
Indigenous Mexican Art example of Tesselation or Outlining #2 My ancestors created some wild art...you can find more and even better examples of how to outline or "tesselate" by looking up HUICHOL YARN PAINTING. That's what these two examples are. 124 KB
Page 1 PETROGLYPHS (Rock Art) of Ancient California Figure out which of the seven universal designs of arc will enable you to these Petroglyphs. 1.5 MB
Page 2 PETROGLYPHS (Rock Art) of Ancient California Figure out which one of the seven universal designs of art will enable you to copy these petroglyphs. 1.31 MB


4 Things to CREATE your own MUSIC
by Martin Espino
 
SAY: a “simple sentence” 4 times, then 
“write it down” 4 times.
 
CLAP: your sentence 4 times (to “hear” the
rhythm of what you say with words)
 
WRITE NUMBERS: of the Flute’s notes over the
each word and any syllables.
 
Example [A]
1     2 3       2    2 3       1     2 3        4     4 4                                                
Yes I can     Yes I can     Yes I can      Yes I can

 


 
FINAL NOTES:
This little simple song can be repeated usually 4 times. This is a simple way to write music. I created this method to make it quick to do and easy AND you even diary or journal it.
 
You already see that what you say has “RHYTHM”. 
 
Well, the next thing to make you think more is: this melody can also be thought of as an [A] Melody, which means you can create a [B] Melody. But the it has to be totally different than the rhythm of the [A] Melody. Here’s an example:
 
Example [B]
0 1     1  1        2 2    2   3        3 4    3  4         4 4    4   4                                                                    
I like to play     I like to play     I like to play     I like to play    

 
Now try this:
Play both [A] & [B] melodies. You’ve just learned the basic form of music all over the world from all races, the “AB form”.
Usually these section are repeated something like this:
AB AB AB AB A (end)
 
 
[c] & [p] Martin Espino 1995
All rights reserved, used with express written permission from author






BIBLIOGRAPHY OF NATIVE ART DESIGNS & WEB SEARCH RECOMMENDATIONS:

NOTE:

These are scholarly books, not wannabee junk!!! In other words, very reliable information! For more "indepth" scholarly references contact Martin Espino. This section is mostly directed at the teachers he works with.


ANCIENT MEXICO ART & MUSIC STUDIES:

DESIGN MOTIFS OF ANCIENT MEXICO - CD-rom Electronic Clip Art 503 Pemission-Free Illustrations $14.95
By Jorge Enciso
Dover Publications
ISBN: 0-486-99596-8
Note: actual indigenous art designs from Mexico

DESIGN MOTIFS OF ANCIENT MEXICO - Handbook $10.00
By Jorge Enciso
Dover Publications
ISBN: 0-486-20084-1
Note: excellent source of Mexican Ancestral Art, vast amount of shapes and designs of flowers, real and legendary animals, designs, birds, etc. My favorite book and most utilized.

DESIGNS FROM PE-COLUMBIAN MEXICO - Handbook $10.00
By Jorge Enciso
Dover Publications
ISBN: 0-486-22794-4
Note: excellent source of Mexican Ancestral Art, ALL circular design forms found on "spindle whorls", that's why they'rre round.

A CATALOG OF MAYA HIEROGLYPHS - Handbook $24.95
By J. Eric Thompson
University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 0-8061-2260-9
Note: the most up to date, so far, book on the glyphs and what they mean. Pages 445-458 show a ton of Maya glyphs!!!

WEB SEARCHES & SOURCES
HUICHOL YARN PAINTING (Geat examples of how to outline and for cultural images) - search on Google



ANCIENT CALIFORNIA ART & MUSIC STUDIES:

ANCIENT CALIFORNIA STUDIES:
VISIT: Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA they have a tour of the local petroglyph sites! California has the most petroglyph art in all of the Americas!!! The tour is fantastic, there are hundreds of them at Little Petroglyph Canyon.
VISIT: Phoebe Hearst Musuem of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA one of the largest sources of Ancient CA documents and artifacts.
VISIT: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History they have the bast exhibit on Ancient CA, with their very respectful display of Chumash (a local nation of people) artifacts and information!
VISIT: Museum of Man, San Diego, CA

ANCIENT CALIFORNIA STUDIES:
Search CALIFORNIA BIRD SINGERS or CALIFORNIA BIRD SONG - consult YouTube.com you'll find great examples of this living ancient tradition

ANCIENT CALIFORNiA STUDIES:
News from Native Califonia Magazine
P.O. Box 9145
Berkeley, CA 94709
Note: supreme source of info on every subject

ANCIENT CALIFORNIA STUDIES:
California Missions - an educational read & color book
Note: it's definitely a Eurocentric book...the introduction is an outrage but I bought it anyway, to see what is available to the public. You know, the same old story told back before the 1950's yet available today, that the natives were "uncivilized", "hostile", it doesn't list the atrocities commited against the native people or what Junipero Serra did or how the mission system destroyed native civilization within a 60 year period (not to mention the romanticized gold rush)...but it does list the missions. As a scholar, one has to read everything.

ANCIENT CALIFORNIA STUDIES:
A Prehistory and History of the Death Valley Regions Native Americans - $27.95
By Kenneth E. Lengner
ISBN: 978-1-4675-9636-7
Note: Great book, as far as what is available on this subject. Lots of maps. dates, plants and animals, facts, beliefs. petroglyph art, geography, but nothing on music...weird but typical.


 
All written and musical materials created by Martin Espino (c) & (p) 1984