Fleadh Tunes For The Flute
You may be wondering 'What is a Fleadh tune'? The Fleadh Cheoil (Festival of Music) is an Irish music competition organised by Comhaltas. There are county, provincial and 'all-Ireland' levels of competition that take place in Britain, N. America and Ireland. These all lead to the grand final 'The All Ireland Fleadh' which takes place in Ireland each August. In this course, Majella teaches suitable tunes for flute competitors at the fleadh. However, this course is geared not only towards Fleadh competitors, but also at any flute player who wants to learn tunes best suited to the instrument. The course begins with simple dance tunes and slow airs. A progressive study of ornamentation, variation, phrasing, tempo, rhythm and tone will take place. When dealing with Slow Airs the main focus will be on the phrasing, momentum, appropriate ornamentation, the use of expression and most importantly the history and background to the airs and the accompanying songs, words and translations. The course will enable the learning flautist to have knowledge of appropriate competition tunes and an understanding of how to approach the topic of air playing.
This lesson will teach the jig, "Dan the Cobbler". Cuts, bounces and rhythmic rolls will be featured and taught in this lesson
The tune, 'The Evergreen Hornpipe' will be taught in this class. Melodic variation and short rolls will be demonstrated and discussed. Majella will also focus on the embouchure and how to tighten it for enhanced tone.
In this lesson the reel 'The Boys of the Lough' will be taught. Majella will use this tune to demonstrate how to incorporate good phrasing and breathing in 'reel' playing. She will also continue her study of ornamentation and variation.
This lesson will teach the slow air, 'Amhrán Na Leabhar'. Majella will discuss appropriate ornamentation to use when playing slow airs. She will also focus on how to use finger vibrato to enhance the melody.
The jig, 'The Gallant Boys of Tipperary' in D major will be taught in this class. Majella will continue her study of ornamentation, with focus on the crann on the notes of 'D' and 'G'.
This lesson will teach "The Fairy Hornpipe". Majella will discuss 'the glottal stop' and how to use this form of articulation in flute playing. She will continue with her study of cranns and other types of ornamentation.
This lesson will teach the reel 'Captain Campell's'. Majella will focus on the diaphram and how to use this muscle to create rhythm and strength in flute music. In the last part of the lesson, she will continue her study of variation
The slow air, 'Lament for Tom McHale' will be taught in this class. After teaching this tune phrase by phrase, Majella will teach the ornamentation, with focus on finger vibrato and triplets.
This lesson will teach "The Clare Jig". Majella introduces 'ti-ka-ta' tonguing in this lesson. She also continues her study on variation in the final part of the class.
This lesson will teach the slow air, 'The Wounded Hussar'. Holding long phrases and lung capacity will be the focus of this lesson.
In this lesson, the hornpipe 'Kit O'Mahony's' will be taught. Majella will discuss the swing, that is so integral to hornpipe playing. She will also demonstrate how to bounce on consecutive notes.
This lesson will teach the reel "The Swallow's Tail". Majella will continue her study of the 'tuk-a'ta' triplet, ornamentation and variation.
- Dan the Cobbler
- The Evergreen Hornpipe
- The Boys of the Lough
- Amhrán Na Leabhar
- The Gallant Boys of Tipperary
- The Fairy Hornpipe
- Captain Campell's
- Lament for Tom McHale
- The Clare Jig
- The Wounded Hussar
- Kit O'Mahony's
- The Swallow's Tail
All Ireland champion flute player, Majella Bartley, hails from Corcaghan in Co. Monaghan. She is a respected flute and fiddle teacher, tutoring at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance as well as at national and international summer schools and workshops such as Scoil Eigse, Fiddle Festival of Wales, Kilkenny Celtic Festival and the British and North American Convention of Comhaltas. She holds the TTCT traditional music teaching diploma awarded by Comhaltas and is now a tutor and lecturer on this course...[Read More]