Allen Bruce Ray: Guestbook
November 25, 2013
I recently purchased the EZ Anasazi flute. I saw your many viedos. Would you consider please doing a tutorial for that particular flute? Enjoy your web site & your viedos.
james j. pellerite
September 26, 2013
Mr. Ray, I've noted your excellent tutorials and have enjoyed your presentations. Since you are obviously a trained musician, I would like to acquaint you with my work on the Native flute. After some 60 yrs. of playing the modern flute I
turned to the Native flute, collaborating with composers and developing new repertoire.
I invite you to visit my web site-
www.jamespellerite.com where I have posted also my CDs. If you email me, I'll send a sound
clip from my latest CD (yet to be released).
Best wishes to you,
September 24, 2013
I Recently fell in love with the Native American flute (High Spirits Sparrow Hawk) from a small shop in Santa Fe NM and now am trying to create some pleasing melodies with it. Your youtube videos have been quite enjoyable and inspiring.
September 24, 2013
Hi there Allen we have spoke before on youtube just want to say im loving the web page jut been looking threw your tips on improvising and keeping it clean inside, Thanks for the tips and well done for the web site keep it up.
September 19, 2013
Love the flutorials and the other youtube posts. You are encouraging me on my journey. Thank you!
August 22, 2013
Enjoying your music and thankyou for the videos telling about flutes in different keys. You've helped me choose which flute to by.
mackayla hawke stone
August 20, 2013
Love your videos. Have just begun learning NAF in July 2013 as a means to heal pancreatic cancer. Am so inspired by your tunnel songs. Much love!
August 10, 2013
Hi. I'm Mira Lee and happen to live in the US along the riverside in the Black Hawk Region. As far as we do maple sugaring every spring, I'd like to do a humble but caring ceremony for our maples and came up with the ideas of Native Indian flute playing. But I don't have experience. Could you give me some tips about flues in terse of buying one as a novice. I want one which is not so big then I wouldn't have hard time carrying and has deep tone which can sound good in the riverside or in the woods.
Thank you for you sharing your playing in Youtube.
July 27, 2013
I'm a beginner I'm in need of some help
July 22, 2013
Hello, I present my name is Amine, I flutist musician, I live in Paris ... I discovered the American Indian flute I love property, please es you can help me how I can buy this beautiful flute ... thank you in advance .. Regards, Amine!
July 9, 2013
Hey Bruce, I'm really a fan of your flute playing and now that I've found your site, I'm in awe of all you've accomplished. I really like the art work and cover design of your cd's. Very nice. Take care!
May 7, 2013
Enjoy your videos and tutorials, thanks , I'm a ret 1SG US ARMY
May 4, 2013
I saw your video on youtube, the Kit Duncan Kentucky Rose Am 432hz Flute-Dragonfly's Delight. I was wondering if you have a Gm 432hz flute and if so what does it sound like?
Maria Alice R Carvalho
April 11, 2013
Scarborough Fair played on an Eastern aromatic cedar flute in D made by Laughing Crow (Richard Maynard). Thanks
March 29, 2013
looks like bob Casteel asked you a question on March 12th 2013. (wich key if you could only have one flute would you want most) i would really like your opinion on that one too. (i have just purchased a joena thompson flute in ebay) but really do not know much about flutes. was not sure wich one to get so i went with wich one i liked the sound of. wich key would you want most in a flute. wich one do you find yourself picking up most? also...wich flute maker....(yes yes, i know, way to many questions...lol) ps, wanted to buy the "set" of all your cd's how do i go about that? thanks, craig
March 27, 2013
A big fan of your music. Have your CDs playing in my car all the time. Thanks for all of your tube videos. You inspired me - a music novice - to get a flute. I do have a request. I would love to see you play one of my favorite songs, "Oh Shenandoah", on the native american flute. I would be interested to know what you think about that song on NAF. Thanks again.
March 12, 2013
Thanks for your recommendation.
I really like your song,'My morning mountain walk'.
March 10, 2013
Like your vedios on the tube, got a question far yah!
If you had just one Flute and Only ONE, which Key You picking A, Am, B, C, D, E, F, F#, or G, Gm, which Key?
January 26, 2013
Well, after 3 months of playing by myself I finally went to my first Flute Circle at a Gathering they had at an Indian Cultural center in Lancaster SC. First time I've EVER met anyone else who even had an NAF, much less played one. Went around the circle completely before I played. I stood up, introduced myself, closed my eyes and played for in front of others for the first time. It was totally out of this world AWESOME! You were the first NAF player I ever heard and tried to learn from. You were never intimidating or show-offy. Your replies to my comments were motivational and I reallyREALLY thank you. You always made it feel possible to do something other than just toot around. Oh...by the way. I my first song was a totally way out blues ditty that had everyone tapping along, grinning and folks even got up to go get drums and rattles to join in. For just a tiny moment in time I felt like something I made was worth sharing. Thanks for what you do for us Newbies!
January 14, 2013
Realy injoy your videos and the flute info
September 24, 2012
Enjoyed reading your personal and very frank bio. I was given a handmade native american flute by my Washoe Indian 'brother' a couple years ago. I've picked it up occasionally but not seriously. Your enthusiasm is infectious and selfless desire to share what you've learned is so cool. A humble, and honorable thing you're doing. You've inspired me to play...
September 15, 2012
I saw your rendition of Amazing Grace on YouTube and have been looking for a higher quality recording to play for my wedding march. I didn't see the song included on either CD... Do you have a quality recording you can direct me to?
August 28, 2012
Hi Allen Bruce ray I know when you last emailed me you said the weather was really hot . At your end how is it now any cooler. Is there a lot of these tunnels in south korea they seem nice tunnels in one video. You are playing in and some guy walks right passed you peace William Wilson
June 17, 2012
I enjoy your music. Do you have any sheet music available. I am relatively new to the NAF at 79. Thanks. Chuck Smith
June 14, 2012
Your video is helpful. Have got two flutes under-construction... I live with hard-woods nearby..no easy carving.. I will not play a native American harp til I can play one I made.. Could be a long time.. Am also a Kent State grad..and a NE Ohio native.."home" was nearby. Also military...but am not Chinese.
Thanks for your helpful info..
May 16, 2012
Man, Once again am I impressed, Its me LionMaster09 from you-tube again, and this site is phenomenal. I loved your BIO!! It was truly inspiring of a story. I love all your soundtracks, and photos are touching. Im glad to have found a flute player as talented, and spirit touching as you, I enjoy every minute, second, on end of your playing. Continue to teach us with your music brother! And I wish the best!!
May 4, 2012
I bought your new cd from iTunes and what a great album it was .hope you will be making more in the near future
April 1, 2012
Many years ago I had an album by Paul Horn. He was playing a flute in the Taj Mahal. You probably know of it. It was the most incredible sound that I had ever heard. Note upon note overlaying one another for up to 20 seconds or so...and he was able to actually create harmonies with the different notes because they lasted that long. Utterly otherworldly and heart renching music.
Just last week, I received a David Nighteagle Low Bass D NAF that I had ordered from him. It is Eastern aromatic cedar and just really so beautiful.
I have never played one before but I have a good ear. I am finding that your tips and the beautiful songs that your flutes sing are wonderful inspiration for me to learn. I was not aware of mode 2, for example...and was already beginning to wonder if I would be able to stay with it as it seemed that I only had 5 notes to play. HA! My flute is a 6 hole flute, btw.
I love the tunnel videos as they remind me of the Paul Horn lp from way back when.
There is something about you that touches my heart and I honor that. Thank you for sharing your love of the NAF with everyone and being such an inspiration.
Now, I am off to find myself an enclosed stairwell. It works! :)
March 20, 2012
Hope you are well my friend. Still playing your CD's in my car! Also have them loaded on my computer.
Hope to have a flute video up on YouTube by the end of April. :)
March 11, 2012
For the past few weeks I've been watching your youtube videos which have inspired me to learn how to play this wonderful instrument. I was really excited to see you have 2 albums on iTunes which are downloading as I type this. I live in Seongnam (stationed at K-16) and will hopefully be in this beautiful country for 2 more years. Perhaps if I walk past a tunnel in Chuncheon I will keep my ear out for you :)
March 8, 2012
I have enjoyed your videos on the tube and your web site. I build native american flutes and would like to send you one some time. I dont get a lot of time to work in the shop, I have my Dad to help with his life, he is 87. So if I build one that I think you could use could I send it to you?
March 6, 2012
Thanks for all the great videos! I love listening to your music, and it's great to be able to see and hear various flutes as I work on my collection. Blessings on your continued journey.
March 1, 2012
you have given my heart a tranquil place to visit, and I feel blessed for being led here this day. Beautiful story, amazing music, generous and compassionate soul - just what I needed so thank you for sharing your light. I think I'll tag along for awhile.
January 13, 2012
I have watched you on YouTube for a long time. No you have a terrific website. It is very inspirational to this old saddlemaker. Flutes are for fun and amusement at all levels. Keep up your terrific instructioin and motivation. Happy Trails, Dusty (Runs-With-Scissors) :-)
December 28, 2011
That's kind of a sad bio. But life is certainly an evolving adventure, plenty of lonely times and spaces. And then there is joy, wind rain, creatures big and small. Watched your tube on the laughing crow gm and immediately bought one. Haven't ever played an instrument but am looking forward to learning. Want to play a drone badly. Should I learn circle breathing? Have been practicing it anyway. Take care, more videos. When you can and best regards. Smokey the blacksmith.
Diana Holmes & Lary Hansen
December 23, 2011
Lovely music my flutie friend. I am in awe of your talent and generous perseverance. Continued good luck to you from Palm Springs California and 2 Canadian fluties.
December 21, 2011
Hi I once saw a man playing a goat horn got my interest in making flutes so I saw your youtube flute in the tunnel got me even more intersted in flutes so I made my own from a PVC pipes and works really good and now I saw your collection of flutes wish I could see them a little bigger and really like the looks of them so my goal is to find a peice of stick much like your 2 1/2 foot one and plan to make a simular pattern and learn how to play it :) I have one of your CD and really enjoy it.
December 4, 2011
como se llama el intrumento que tocas y que extencion maneja el intrumento en 432Hz
saludos desde mexico
Kim Cedar Song
October 16, 2011
Wow! Nice site! It's about time you got your own Flute site. Nice job!
September 23, 2011
Love your musics.
September 15, 2011
hi bruce love all your music its just wonderful to listen to your music
September 14, 2011
Love your music and website. Blessings from Ohio!
September 10, 2011
love your music good luck with your new cd
J. Paul Mackey
August 17, 2011
I came across your YouTube series while doing a search for the Native American pocket flutes, and was instantly mesmerized! I came across these little gems just a short drive away here in Colorado and was instantly drawn to them, trying them right in the small shop and trying not to purchase the lot there on the spot. I haven't picked one up yet but it's a matter of time--I like to do some "homework" before commiting to anything, and needless to say I'm enthralled at how musically flexible such a simple instrument is. Your personal story is an inspiration...to be within the world but not of it, and to follow one's passion and see where it takes you. Thanks for what you're doing--you're a blessing to more people than you know!
August 8, 2011
I've been watching your videos for the three years I've been playing the NAF. There is not enough space on this site for me to tell you how much you have helped me on my journey!
I recently had Richard build me a Eastern aromatic flute in the key of F#m. After watching your rendition of Amazing Grace on You tube with a Laughing Crow Dm (over and over again,)I felt the need to own and play one of his flutes.
Needless to say it plays as sweet as it looks!
I am looking forward to your Drone video's as I have the curly birds eye Maple drone in the key of Em in Richards shopping cart as I write this.
Oh,and the getting unstuck tips you mention,I could use them NOW! :) I reach a level..get stuck..break through to the next level..get stuck..and so on.
Keep up the great work!
July 6, 2011
So impressed by your story and your flute playing. I have always been enamored with the Native American flute and while recently at the Clearwater festival - I ordered one -being made by Werner John. Have yet to get it but, in anticipation I ordered another in D# and after seeing your videos using the Laughing Crow flutes in Tiger Wood, I am most likely going to get one of those as well.
Keep up the great and inspirational music you are doing. If you offer any workshops - please post it on your site.
May 15, 2011
I'm in love with the Native American Flute. I bought my first flute almost a year ago at a Cherokee Festival. I look heavily to your videos when looking at which flute to buy next.
May 13, 2011
just learning the native american flute. Talked to Richard M. And he spoke highly of you. Keep up the music. As you have probably already found out there isn't a lot of money in this but the satisfaction is priceless. Please keep the Utubes coming
April 11, 2011
your music is absolutely mezmerizing. you have inspired me to try it for myslef.
March 28, 2011
Allen, What a great talent you have! I enjoy hearing talented musicians on alternative instruments. I am a big fan of Jonah Thompson flutes. I had the opportunity of sitting down and chatting with him several times. He is an awesome story teller of all things Navajo. You Play very well and do great justice to his flutes.
March 8, 2011
Great site!! You've got some spectacular photograps!!
Greetings from Holland!
March 3, 2011
thanx a lot,you helped a lot whith your tips ,nice music
January 16, 2011
Beautiful Music and Honest Words.
The sound of Native Flutes is captivating and Transforming. Thank You for spreading the Love around the world.
With Love and Peace in my Heart
January 10, 2011
I really like your song "I remember" tunnel version. When I heard the CD version it was great. The flute wasn't overpowered by the other additions and it was all blended together just perfectly.
Of course I bought the CD and a digital copy of it. One for the car and one for other devices.
Any one who likes your tunnel music won't be disappointed in the album. Thank you so much for the music.
January 9, 2011
Hi Bruce, thanks for the videos you put on 'you tube'. Due to these I have been inspired to take my own flutes to play in a disused tunnel. You've really got to try it to experience the echo you talk about. Have you ever thought about writing a 'finger chart' to allow others to play your music? Keep up the good work, all the best, Andy.
December 21, 2010
Thanks in part to you, I am now the proud owner of 3 butch hall flutes and on my way to owning a drone or two.
best of luck to you in the new year!
December 12, 2010
I am so happy to see you on here. I have enjoyed your videos on U-TUBE.
December 6, 2010
Just wanted to thank you for posting videos of various flutes. I own flutes by several makers and it's nice to see flutes "in context" to get a better feel before buying. Keep up the good work. You helped get my creative juices flowing again.
October 23, 2010
I'm an international student in Canada from South Korea. I do also have HighSpirit flutes, one is Condor bass c and another is Sparrow hawk A. I watched your video on YouTube and those videos gave me some great impression to me. Love you music~!
October 23, 2010
Well done my friend. I received your CD in the post just the other day. My wife and I really enjoy it. looks like things are growing for you as well. take care and blessings on the path.. ~Dickie Lee
October 18, 2010
I am touched by your personal story. Also experiencing marital problems and music is my refuge. Congratulations to the site and a CD that you made. I wish all the best. Paul
October 16, 2010
Bruce - You're doing some great stuff here. I've gone through and listened to all your clips, and of course I've been following you over at YT for a long time. What talent!!!! I'm with Richard - MUSH! We want another CD soon!!!!!
October 14, 2010
Bruce, thanks for all of the videos on Youtube. I bought a flute on the Blue Ridge Pkwy while on a M/C trip a few years back. It played fine or so I thought. After a year or so I stumbled across your Youtube videos which inspired me to start playing almost every night. I inquired about one of the flutes that you played and you said it was a Laughing Crow. A quick Google search unveiled his website then I called him. It seemed everything on his site was already sold. As you know Richard is an easy guy to talk to and he recommended a beautiful piece in F#. I bought it sight unseen based on his description and recommendation. When it arrived it was unbelievable and it played even better than it looked. Talk about exceeding all expectations. It hit me immediately that you get what you pay for, even though I paid $175 for my 1st flute what I paid for Richard's was worth every penny and then some. Lately I've been playing on my sailboat in light wind days on the Chesapeake and I sometimes sit on the deck of my marina and play out over the water. Many folks have stopped by and commented on the unique sound. I'm now ready to look for another flute. I'm considering a Contra Bass but as of now nothing is carved in stone. Keep up the good work, you were a great inspiration and I'm sure you've touched many more lives than you know. Peace and much love to all.
October 13, 2010
Hi Bruce! Hey Man I Wanted to thank you for all the videos that you have done on youtube. As they have been very helpful. I have been for many years trying to play the native american flute but had no one to guide me. But Thanks to you my flute playing skills have now made qutam leaps. An I have now five flute that I owen an also thanks to you two of them are laughing crow's flute. You know once the sounds star coming together as I play the flute my heart an spirit takes flight on wings of eagels an fly to the high havens away from the cares of daily life. Man I love the native american flute an thanks to you an your flute passion I now have reached new levels of playing. Thanks an God bless you bro!!
October 5, 2010
That's wonderful! So I guess this was one of your projects when you left Korea. My father really liked one of your Chuncheon videos on YouTube...and so did I! Congratulations....
September 16, 2010
Oh, what a beautiful web site as well as your first cd! I'm so glad that your long effort for the music have finally seen the light. Your music is very soothing, beautiful, calm and tranquil with a magic touch of American Native Flute and some feelings of Celtic. Without much augmentation of back up sounds, your talent stands alone in transmitting genuine organic sounds. I believe that your music should give a lot of listeners catharsis and time for introspection. Great job!
September 13, 2010
You're a man of many talents, Bruce. You've put together a fine piece of work. Your efforts have paid off. Now get back to work. We want another CD!
Patrick A. McCrow
September 9, 2010
You are wonderful brother! Thank-you for blessing us with such a beautiful creation, such as, "Under Watchful Skies". Wonderful. Peace-n-Love always, JP
September 9, 2010
Got my CD today and listened to it on a drive to visit a friend. I love it! I think Summer Longing is still my favorite, but I'll know for sure when I've listened to it several times. Love the Celtic piece... Thanks, Marvin the Martian... your friend, Duck Dodgers
September 5, 2010
I want a CD but I'm not sure how to get one from you. Do you still have some available? So happy for you, Bruce, that you've taken this step and for me because I can listen. Thank you.
September 4, 2010
I need to speak to you about F#
I am a researcher
Valerie Wensel Strausbaugh
September 2, 2010
Sounds great! Thanks for sharing!
August 27, 2010
Hi Bruce, Very nice website! I wish you much luck with your new CD! Your music is beautiful!