Flute Basics

This course is aimed at the absolute beginner flute player. It begins with a series of six free lessons then progresses through to the twelve main subscription lessons. How to hold the instrument with proper hand, lip and finger posture will be demonstrated and explained in the first of the six free lessons, along with the scales of D and G. Other basic fundaments that Steph will address include: how to create space in a tune to breath, breath technique, articulation, ornamentation, flute maintenance and how to gain clarity of tone in both the high and low register. Throughout the course she progressively refers to and teases out many of the issues that give so many flute players difficulties. The ‘Flute Basics' course will equip the beginner flautist with the necessary rudiments to begin a journey down the long and adventurous road of Irish flute playing. By the end of the course, the learner will have a repertoire of fourteen Irish tunes that sit very on the flute, the knowledge of how to play with good tone and rhythm with basic ornamentation and a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition.


Lessons

FREE

Hand, Finger and Lip Positioning

Flute Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Hand, finger and lip positioning (embouchure) will be demonstrated and explained,…

Focus on Technique

FREE

Scale of G

Flute Basics Lesson 2


Level 1 | Melody

The Scale of G Major

Focus on Technique

FREE

Tripping to the Well

Flute Basics Lesson 3


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the scale of G Major

Polka

FREE

Breathing & Articulation

Flute Basics Lesson 4


Level 1 | Melody

Breathing and Articulation

Focus on Technique

FREE

Clarity of Tone

Flute Basics Lesson 5


Level 1 | Melody

Clarity of Tone for Low Notes and High Notes

Focus on Technique

FREE

The Rattling Bog

Flute Basics Lesson 6


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercise on the scale of D Major

Polka

The Butcher's March

Flute Basics Lesson 7


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Phrasing and Breathing

Jig

O'Keefe's Slide #1

Flute Basics Lesson 8


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Clarity of Tone for Low Notes and High Notes

Slide

The Boys of Bluehill

Flute Basics Lesson 9


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: The Triplet

Hornpipe

Humours of Whiskey

Flute Basics Lesson 10


B Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Throat Articulation

Slip Jig

The Sunny Banks

Flute Basics Lesson 11


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Tone: The Low D!

Reel

Jimmy Duffy's #2

Flute Basics Lesson 12


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Tone: The Higher Register

Barndance

The Munster Buttermilk

Flute Basics Lesson 13


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

Jig Rhythm and Basic Ornamentation

Jig

The Heathery Breeze

Flute Basics Lesson 14


G Major | Level 2 | Melody

Left hand dexterity

Reel

Brendan Tonroe's

Flute Basics Lesson 15


D Major | Level 2 | Melody

Approaching tunes that fall below low D on the flute

Jig

McGivney's Fancy

Flute Basics Lesson 16


E Minor | Level 2 | Melody

Creating Rhythm using Throat Articulation and Cuts

Hornpipe

The Crosses of Annagh

Flute Basics Lesson 17


A Minor | Level 2 | Melody

The Roll on G

Reel

The Scale of D Major

Flute Basics Lesson 18


Level 1 | Melody

Instrument Maintenance

Focus on Technique

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

  • Would you like to become a better musician or singer?
  • Are you on the path to mastering your instrument but need some top technique tips?
  • Are you interested in beginning a journey into Irish music and want to get off to a great start?
  • Do you have a busy life style and find it hard to fit in the time to drive to weekly music lessons or are there no Irish music teachers in your area?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you have come to the right place!