By the end of this course, you will have a repertoire of thirteen Irish tunes that sit very well on the flute, and a firm foundation in ornamentation, tone, intonation and breath. The course has 13 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
This course is aimed at those who already know how to play the flute but who want to improve on the basic foundations of their playing. These foundations include ornamentation, tone, intonation and breath. Tunes taught are picked from the repertoire of common session tunes enabling you to go to a local session and join in with confidence knowing that you will have tunes in common with other musicians. Each lesson will focus on a specific element of flute playing (see list below) and appropriate exercises will be given. The specific technique taught each week will then be applied to the week’s tune.
The traditional Irish tunes and corresponding techniques taught are:
Rolling In The Ryegrass (Ornamentation – The Cut)
Pigtown (Exercises for Tone and Breathing)
Connacht Man’s Rambles (Ornamentation: The Tap)
The Idle Road (Ornamentation: Taps, C♮. Tone: Strengthening of the low D)
Fig For A Kiss (Exercises to strengthen Tone and Embouchure)
The Coach Trip To Sligo (Ornamentation: Roll on a G)
The Mourne Mountains (How to Warm Up Before Playing)
The Rolling Wave (Ornamentation: The Roll)
The Pride Of Petravore (Ornamentation: Slides)
Off To California (Melodic Variation)
The Swallow’s Tail (Melodic Variation)
The Lass Of Ballintra (Ornamentation: The Roll on G and A)
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of The Fisherman’s Slip Jig
Detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.