"Play the Trees," or a special place. Use the landscape as your "musical score." A tall tree on the horizon is a high note, a tree of medium height is a middle note, and a short tree is a low note. Use a bend or a slide to play a bend or turn in a river. Use a long, even note to describe the table of a mesa. Try a lift off to denote a tall, straight rock. Use fades for wispy clouds, or pops for puffy clouds. Flutters describe many insects, such as butterflies, as well as the flight of many birds. The flight of a bumblebee or dragonfly may use humming, as well as a combination of other techniques. An up and down peel may describe fast moving water or a babbling brook.

Try to describe the animals you encounter with the flute, along with their behaviors. You don't have to mimic natural sounds with the flute; merely suggest. Perhaps an animal or tree or insect makes no actual sound in the wild. Play their personalities. What would anything in a landscape say if it had a voice?

Use your creative imagination and let your intuition guide you. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Let the beauty of the land speak to you. By turning 360 degrees and "playing the landscape" you are connecting with nature, "storing" the landscape in your body memory, and thereby carrying it with you. You can then close your eyes anywhere, at any time, and recall the feeling of your special place.

Remember, there is no limit as to how many special places you can store in your body!

copyright Stephanie Baldridge 2004




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