Flute Progressions

This course has been designed to follow on from Kirsten's previous course titled 'Flute Foundations'. The aim of the course is to take flute players whom have already mastered the basics of tone production, ornamentation and intonation up to the next level of playing. The 'building blocks' that were introduced in 'Flute Foundations' will be expanded upon. Focus will be placed on more advanced ornamentation: the crann, the short roll and the bounce. Phrasing and breathing will also feature as will the use of the G# key. It is not a prerequisite to have a keyed flute for this course; in the occasional instance where a key is used, Kirsten presents alternative melodic 'turns' for those with keyless flutes. Reference will be made to the exercises presented in 'Flute Foundations' throughout this course.

Flute Foundations
 
OAIM Free 'Flute Progressions' Sample Lesson

Micho Russell's Reel

After teaching this tune phrase by phrase, Kirsten focuses on ways of strengthening the G roll.

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Course Syllabus for Full Access Lessons
Flute Lesson : Paddy Mill's Fancy (Reel) Gmaj

This lesson will teach the reel, 'Paddy Mill's Fancy'. The focus  will be on how to incorporate breaths into reels without obstructing the rhythm of the tune

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Flute Lesson 2: Jon Blessington's Reel, Dmaj

In this lesson, the reel 'John Blessington's' will be taught. Intonation (internal tuning) will be the main focus of this class.

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Flute Lesson 3: The Gallowglass Jig, Amin

'The Gallow Glass Jig' is the tune featured in this lesson. The focus of this lesson will be on the A roll.

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Flute Lesson 4: Siobhan O'Donnell's Jig, Dmodal

This lesson will teach a jig in D. It is a composition of Siobhan O'Donnell's.   C natural taps and B rolls will be demonstrated and taught in this lesson.

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Flute Lesson 5: The Derry Hornpipe, Dmaj

In this lesson, the Derry Hornpipe will be taught. Kirsten's study of intonation will be continued in this class.

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Flute Lesson 6: The Blarney Pilgrim (Jig) Dmodal

This lesson will teach the jig, "The Blarney Pilgrim". Kirsten introduces the 'D' crann in this lesson. 

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Flute Lesson 7: Pat Over the Hill (Hopjig) ...

The Hop Jig 'Pat Over the Hill' will be taught in this lesson in the key of G major. Kirsten will continue with her study of the crann in this lesson, and will introduce the short crann.

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Flute Lesson 8: The Dusty Millar (Hopjig) Dmaj

This lesson will teach a Hop Jig 'The Dusty Millar'. The focus of this lesson is again on the crann.

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Flute Lesson 9: McFadden's Handsome Daughter...

The reel 'McFadden's Handsome Daughter' will feature in this lesson. The  key of A major will be introduced.

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Flute Lesson 10: The Kilmovee Jig, Gmaj

This lesson will teach 'The Kilmovee Jig'. Kirsten will return to the topic of 'breathing' in this lesson when and where to take a breath in the jig.

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Flute Lesson 11: The Ashplant (Reel), Emin

This lesson will teach the reel, "The Ashplant". The focus of this lesson will be on strengthening the E roll and intonation.

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Flute Lesson 12: The Scent of the Bog (Hornpipe)...

 'The Scent of the Bog' in the key of G major in this lesson. The focus of this lesson will be on the 'bounce'.

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Tunes Taught
  • Paddy Mill's Fancy
  • John Blessington's
  • The Gallow Glass
  • Gan Ainm
  • Derry Hornpipe
  • The Blarney Pilgrim
  • Pat Over the Hill
  • The Dusty Millar
  • McFadden's Handsome Daughter
  • The Kilmovee Jig
  • The Ashplant
  • The Scent of the Bog

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Kirsten Allstaff

Kirsten Allstaff

Kirsten Allstaff is one of the founders and directors of The Online Academy of Irish Music. She is an acclaimed flute and tin- whistle player and has played music throughout Ireland, Europe, North America and Asia with various Irish dance shows and groups...[Read More]