Hello and thanks for visiting my little site! I’m Laura, a twenty-something amateur flute player from the UK. I received my very first NAF for my birthday at around age 17 after developing an interest in Native American culture thanks to what remains one of my all-time favourite films, Dances with Wolves. Whilst reading about the many facets of Native life, I eventually came to the subject of music and by some happy chance discovered this wonderful instrument. I’ve played on and off in the years since then – at one point I sold my whole collection and didn’t play for a few years! – but took it up again in 2011 and have recently in 2016 started to venture into other world flutes, starting with the Anasazi and Mojave flutes. There are so many more I still want to discover!
My only ‘official’ music experience comes from acoustic guitar lessons taken during my teens, a very brief dalliance with the violin (too uncomfortable!) and whatever other snippets I’ve picked up or taught myself along the way. I understand the very basics of traditional musical notation; sometimes I think I’d like to become more fluent in using it, but for the most part ‘proper’ music theory feels like some strange and exotic language I’ll never truly comprehend :o) As such the offerings on my site are presented simply as fingering diagrams which everyone can understand and use, and are much easier for me to produce for you!
My interest in film and game music started forming properly as a young adult, but I think music has always held a special place in my heart. I can remember watching The Lion King as a child, and feeling how the music made some parts sadder, more emotional, or – right at the end of the film – truly majestic. Coincidentally (or not?) Hans Zimmer is probably now my favourite composer :) The first soundtrack I sat and properly listened to is the music from the Ridley Scott film Gladiator, composed by – yep, again! – Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard. It remains one of my favourite soundtracks to this day and the ending theme Now We Are Free is one of my very favourite pieces of music of all time…although I do seem to have an awful lot of favourite albums and favourite pieces of music!
Asides from music, my other interests are watching films and playing video games (obviously!) cycling, drawing, the odd bit of sewing, and doting on my adorable pet hamster, Hodor <3