By the end of this course you will have knowledge of appropriate Fleadh competition tunes and an understanding of how to approach the topic of air playing. The course has 13 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
Fleadh Tunes for the Flute begins with simple dance tunes and slow airs and then evolves into a progressive study of ornamentation, variation, phrasing, tempo, rhythm and tone. When dealing with ‘slow airs’ the main focus will be on the phrasing, momentum, appropriate ornamentation, use of expression and, most importantly, the history and background to the airs and accompanying songs, words and translations. So not only do you get the opportunity to learn the tunes but also the rich cultural backdrop to each.
The traditional Irish tunes taught are:
Dan The Cobbler
The Evergreen Hornpipe
The Boys Of The Lough
Amhrán Na Leabhar
The Gallant Boys Of Tipperary
The Fairy Hornpipe
Lament For Tom McHale
The Clare Jig
The Swallow’s Tail
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Fair Haired Boy
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.