By the end of the course you will be more comfortable playing ornamentation on the whistle, you will have a broader repertoire and a better knowledge of Irish music and be ready to progress to more advanced tunes and tin whistle techniques in the next course Expert Whistle Skills #1.
The course begins with how to play “the long roll” using the tune Paddy Taylor’s Jig. An exercise is taught to demonstrate how to play the rolls fluidly and percussively. Then the tutorials move on to teaching how to introduce variation, how to use slides, how to create the melodic cut, how to use triplets, syncopation and the “short roll”. The tutor also includes a discussion on the different types of whistles because as your playing improves, you’ll demand more from your instrument. Breathing issues are also discussed as are methods to master the when and how of breath-taking while playing.
All the above techniques are taught by means of a new tune per lesson, giving you a total of 13 new Irish traditional tunes to add to your, now growing, repertoire:
The Cat That Ate The Candle
The North Road To Tralee
The Toormore Slide
The Burren Reel
The Fairy Slip Jig
Dances At Kinvara
Tam In Arrears
Maid Behind The Bar
Johnny O’Leary’s Hornpipe
Sí Bheag Sí Mhór
Sheet Music and Mp3s available to Download for each Tune
Sample Sheet Music
Sample mp3 of Paddy Taylor’s Jig
Recommended Tin Whistle
Kirsten recommends Cillian Ó’Briain’s D tin whistle for this course.
Advice Progressing with the Tin Whistle
It is highly recommended to be familiar with the tune you are learning before learning how to play it on the tin whistle, so download the mp3 file for each tune and listen to it frequently first before picking up the whistle to learn to play it. This is particularly true when it comes to developing your style and adding embellishments and ornamentations. You have to be comfortable playing the simple melody first before adding style. If you need a refresher playing the tin whistle, we recommend going back to the Tin Whistle Basics course before jumping in at this level.
Frequently Asked Questions
More detailed questions and discussion on the course can be found in the Community Forum, available to paying members only.