I have played and was teaching other instruments before, but in 1999 I fell in love with the sound of FUJARA, the majestic almost 6 feet tall overtone flute from Slovakia, and later also of much smaller koncovka. If not familiar with the instruments, watch my presentation in the Library of Congress here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y5fonktBzQI've been promoting fujara in the USA and the world, performing, composing and also teaching fujara and koncovka in summer week long course since 2011 at Common Ground on the Hill program of McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland:
click "Traditions Week 1" / wind instruments / overtone flute - fujaraBoth fujara and koncovka have very unique sound, and are flexible to many styles, fujara has over 2 octaves range in diatonic and almost complete chromatic scale, koncovka range is over 1.5 octave. Fujara character is better suited for slower melodies, while koncovka is good for both slow and fast music, and perfect for intuitive improvisation and blues. Lessons are based on playing melodies from the very beginning ans more songs are added as there are more tones added to the scale.One of the easiest songs on fujara is Amazing grace, everybody plays it very soon.