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Expert Whistle Skills #3, designed to follow on from the skills learned in Expert Whistle Skills #2, continues to explore more advanced whistle techniques such as the trill, vibrato, different types of rolls and tonguing technique.
By the end of the course you will have increased confidence in your whistle playing through learning and incorporating a wide range of advanced tin whistle techniques. The course has 9 lessons, broken into 5 tutorials each, where tunes are taught phrase by phrase.
This course is an abundant study of technique, packed with bounces, cranns, rolls, double rolls, trills, backward stitches, open backward stitches, backward rolls and triplets! It is not only for the whistler but is relevant to the flautist and the piper too. Throughout the series of nine lessons, Mikie largely focuses on the repertoire of Seamus Ennis, the great Irish piper, singer and folk collector (1919-1982). The beauty of Mikie’s classes is that they are relevant for ANY level of playing. He teaches the bare melody of each tune slowly, phrase by phrase before giving a lesson on advanced technique and how to create the ‘bubbles’ and ‘crunches’ within the tune in question. This course is complete with a ‘technique bank’, that is a page given at the end of the course cataloging all the new techniques introduced in the course.
NOTE: There are 5 mp3’s available to download for each tune. One with the tune played at normal speed, one for the first part of the tune, then the second part, then the third part all at slow versions demonstrating the different ornamentations taught.
Tunes taught in this course:
The Dublin Reel
O’ carolan’s Draft
Pat Come Over The Hill
The Otter’s Holt
Humours Of Drinagh
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Download The Wandering Minstrel ABC Sheet Music.
Download The Wandering Minstrel Standard Notation Sheet Music.
Sample mp3 of The Wandering Minstrel
Mikie Smyth began playing the pipes at the age of nine. His first teachers were Colm De Brun and Andy Conroy in the Pipers Club in Henrietta Street Dublin. As a teacher Mikie has worked for many piping organizations and traditional summer schools, including the Willie Clancy and Joe Mooney summer schools. He is currently the pipes tutor at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University of Limerick where he teaches on both the B.A and M.A˰programmes. Mikie has performed both as a soloist and with shows (Riverdance and Ragus) in over 5 countries. Mikie has recorded a solo album The Wild Keys and has also recorded with Donal Lunny, Maurice Lennon, and Sean Keane to mention a few.
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