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 throughout the thirteen taught tunes. Jigs, Slides, Reels, Hornpipes, Barndances and an O'Carolan composition are all featured. In the videos, Kirsten teaches each tune slowly, phrase by phrase and recommends that students learn with her this way, by ear. The sheet notation for each tune is also included as a learning supplement for the tutorials. By the end of the course the player will be more comfortable playing ornamentation on the whistle, will have a broader repertoire and a better knowledge or Irish music and will be ready to explore more advanced tunes and tin-whistle techniques.

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OAIM Free 'Tin Whistle Foundations' Sample Lesson

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'. This tune is in the key of D major. Rolls are the technique featured in this lesson.

 

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Tin Whistle Lesson 2: The Cat that Ate the Candle

In this lesson the Reel in E minor 'The Cat that Ate the Candle' will be taught. The use of melodic variation will be the focus of this lesson.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 3: The North Road to Tralee

The Slide 'The North Road to Tralee' is the tune taught in this lesson. This tune is in the key of A major. In it, Kirsten will continue her study of the cut / tongue articulation.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 4: Toormoore Slide

In this lesson the tune 'The Toormore Slide' will be taught in the key of B minor. The use of melodic cuts will be the focus of this lesson.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 5: The Burren Reel

In this lesson 'The Burren Reel' in D Major will be taught. The use of triplets and melodic variation will be the focus of this lesson.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 6: The Fairy Slip Jig

'The Fairy Slip Jig' is the tune taught in this lesson. It is in the key of D major. Kirsten will use the tune to discuss and demonstrate syncopation.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 7: Dances at Kinvara

In this lesson the Barndance 'Dances at Kinvarra' will be taught in the key of G Major. The ornament the 'short roll' will be introduced.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 8: Aggie Whyte's reel

In this lesson, Aggie Whyte's Reel in G Major will be taught. Kirsten will continue her study of rolls, cuts,tongue articulation and variation throughout this tune.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 9: Tam in Arrears

Kirsten will teach a simple Slip Jig in G major called 'Tam in Arrears' in this lesson. She will begin by talking about the difference between various types of whistles.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 10: Maid Behind the Bar

In this lesson, the well known reel 'The Maid Behind the Bar' will be taught. It is in the key of D major and Kirsten will continue her study of long rolls, cuts and taps.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 11: Johnny O'Leary's Hornpipe

Kirsten will teach 'Johnny O'Leary's Horpipe (Eminor) in this lesson. She will focus on breathing

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Tin Whistle Lesson 12: Si Bheag Si Mhor

Kirsten will teach an O'Carolan composition in this lesson. The tune is called 'Si Bheag Si Mhor' and is in D major. She will focus on short rolls in this lesson.

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Tin Whistle Lesson 13: Tobins Favorite

In this lesson, the Jig Tobin's Favorite, in the key of D major will be taught. She will continue her study of long rolls, short rolls, cuts and taps.

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Tunes Taught
  • Paddy Taylor's Jig
  • The Cat that Ate the Candle
  • The North Road to Tralee
  • Toormoore Slide
  • The Burren Reel
  • Fairy Slip Jig
  • Dances at Kinvara
  • Aggie Whyte's reel
  • Tam in Arrears
  • Maid Behind the Bar
  • Johnny O'Leary's Hornpipe
  • Si Bheag Si Mhor
  • Tobins favorite

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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]