Tin Whistle Lessons & Courses from OAIM
There are few sounds as distinguishable as the high pitched-blast of the Tin Whistle. Loud, melodic and harmonious, it is also known as the penny whistle. This six-holed instrument provides a distinctive compliment to the Celtic Bodhrán and Irish jigs we love and know. Learn Tin Whistle with the help of our dedicated tutors and their extensively designed Tin Whistle lessons.
Our courses are designed around developing the style and techniques for all abilities. From the beginner whistler, to the penny whistle veterans, our courses will supply you with the skills you need.
This course is aimed at the absolute beginner whistle player. It begins with a series of six free lessons then progresses through to the twelve main subscription lessons. How to hold the instrument, proper hand / finger posture and good basic technique...
Tin Whistle Foundations
The course 'Tin Whistle Foundations' is a continuation from Kirsten's last course 'Whistle Basics'. In it she explores simple tin- whistle embellishments such as the cut, tap, roll and the slide. Emphasis is placed on breathing, phrasing, variation and rhythm ..
Expert Whistle Skills #1
The aim of this course is to discover and enhance the learner's own playing style, and to increase their confidence through learning and incorporating a wide range of ornaments, variations and other advanced stylistic features such as crans, trills, slides...
Expert Whistle Skills #2
Expert Whistle Skills 2 is designed to follow on from the original Expert Whistle Skills. In this course Thomas continues to explore more advanced whistle techniques such as the trill, vibrato, different types of rolls and tonguing...
Expert Whistle Skills #3
This course is an abundant study of technique, packed with bounces, cranns, rolls, double rolls, trills, backward stitches, open backward stitches, backward rolls and triplets! It is not only for the whistler but is relevant to the..
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Whistle Basics - Free Lesson 1
This is an introductory lesson for the tin whistle. Hand and finger positioning will be demonstrated and explained. By the end... Read More
Whistle Basics - Free Lesson 2
In this lesson a very simple Irish Polka will be taught. This tune is designed to follow on... Read More
Whistle Basics - Free Lesson 3
Another simple Irish Polka called 'We Won't Go Home Until the Morning' will be taught in this lesson. Additional exercises...Read More
Whistle Basics - Free Lesson 4
The Song Air for a very popular Irish song will be taught in this class. The scale of G Major... Read More
Whistle Basics - Free Lesson 5
Another lively Polka will be taught in this lesson, called 'Britches Full of Stitches'. Kirsten will continue her study of the scale...Read More
Free Lesson 6
In this lesson, a popular Mazurka from Donegal will be taught - 'Shoe the Donkey'. Kirsten will continue her study of the scale... Read More
Paddy Taylor's Jig
This is the first introductory lesson of the course 'Whistle Foundations'. Kirsten will introduce the course before teaching the tune 'Paddy Taylor's Jig'. Read More
The Baltimore Salute
This lesson is the first from the 'Expert Whistle Skills #1' course. Thomas Johnson teaches the tune phrase by phrase with focus on the ornamentationion. Read More
The New Broom
This is the first lesson from 'Whistle Skills #2'. Thomas teaches a lively barndance - a composition of Vincent Broderick . Read More
The Wandering Minstrel
This lesson is the first from the 'Expert Whistle Skills #3' course. For this lesson, Mikie Smyth focuses on the 'bounce' and articulation. Read More
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From Scotstown in Co. Monaghan, Thomas began learning the uilleann pipes and whistle at an early age. He has enjoyed successes on both instruments… [Read More]
Mikie Smyth began playing the pipes at the age of nine. His first teachers were Colm De Brun and Andy Conroy… [Read More]
Kirsten Allstaff is a traditional wooden flute and whistle player originally from Scotland. Shortly after graduating from the University of Glasgow where she... [Read More]