Irish Flute Technique Overview

  • 13 lessons teaching how to play 13 popular Irish tunes.
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Irish Flute Technique is aimed at the more experienced player as it includes advanced ornamentation and articulation skills. Although the techniques taught in this course are challenging technically, many of the tunes taught are also suitable for the less advanced player. A keyed flute (or a keyless flute player with half-holing ability) is required for a few of the tunes taught in the keys of F major and D minor.

By the end of this course, you will have a wealth of technical tips and tricks to use with your current repertoire, as well as thirteen new, quirky flute tunes. The course has 13 lessons, broken into 3 to 4 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.

Course Structure

Irish Flute Technique expertly guides you through a myriad of cranns, rolls, triplets, back-stitch triplets, key-work and cuts. One of the main themes of this course is articulation; the tutor constantly refers to throat articulation as a means of accentuating the rhythm of the tunes and demonstrates again and again how to use glottal-stops to attack the notes for percussive effect.

The traditional Irish tunes and corresponding techniques taught are:

The Quaker’s Wife (Creating Rhythm Using Throat Articulation)
John McKenna’s Jig (Creating Rhythm Using Throat Articulation)
The Red Haired Girl (Key Work and Various Ornamentation)
Joy Of My Life (Challenging Keys: F Major)
The Drunken Landlady (The Long Roll)
In The Hen House (The Back Stitch, Triplets and Crans)
Andy McGann’s (Challenging Keys: D minor)

The Drogheda Reel (Ornamentation: Triplets and Rolls)
Cormac O’Looney’s (Tongue Articulation)
Farewell To Phillip Lane (Challenging Keys: F Major)
The Standing Abbey (Embouchure and Cranns)
The High Hill Of Tara (Vibrato and Slides)
The Rising Sun (Cranns)

 

Your Tutor
Kevin CrawfordBorn in Birmingham, England to parents from Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, Kevin Crawford’s early life was sound-tracked by the resonance of the lively traditional music scene in the midlands city. Moving to Co. Clare in 1989, he soon became a pivotal member of the effervescent session trail in the Banner county before enhancing his burgeoning reputation in the group Grianán and the trio Raise the Rafters. He then propelled himself to international recognition with Moving Cloud, with whom he recorded Moving Cloud in 1995 and Foxglove in 1998. Kevin joined Lúnasa in January 1997 for a tour of Australia and has been ever-present in the group since. To date, the instrumental quintet have eight albums to their credit while Kevin has released two solo records, ‘D’ Flute Album (1994) and In Good Company (2001). Read more.

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Irish Flute Technique Lessons

Level

The Quaker’s Wife

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 1

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Creating Rhythm Using Throat Articulation

Jig

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John McKenna’s Jig

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 2

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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The Glottal Stop

Jig

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The Red Haired Girl

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 3

  • A Minor
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Key Work and Various Ornamentation

Slip Jig

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Joy of My Life

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 4

  • F Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Challenging Keys: F Major / Key Work!

Reel

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The Drunken Landlady

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 5

  • A Minor
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Rhythmic playing and embellishments

Reel

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In the Hen House

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 6

  • D Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Ornamentation: The Back Stitch, Triplets and Cranns

Reel

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Andy McGann’s

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 7

  • D Minor
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Challenging Keys: D minor / Key Work

Reel

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The Drogheda Reel

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 8

  • B Minor
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Ornamentation: Triplets and Rolls

Reel

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Cormac O’Looney’s

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 9

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Tongue Articulation

Reel

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Farewell to Phillip Lane

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 10

  • F Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Challenging Keys: F Major / Key Work

Reel

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The Standing Abbey

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 11

  • G Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Embouchure and Cranns

Hornpipe

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The High Hill of Tara

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 12

  • A Minor
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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The use of Vibrato and Slides in Slow Tunes

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The Rising Sun

Advanced Irish Flute Technique Lesson 13

  • D Major
  • Level 3
  • Melody
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Ornamentation: Cranns

Reel

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