Tin Whistle Basics

This course is aimed at the absolute beginner whistle player. By the end of the course, the learner will have a repertoire of seventeen popular Irish session tunes, the ability to play cuts, taps and rolls as well as a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition. Tin whistle Basics is an excellent starting point for any aspiring Irish musician. 
Your tutor Kirsten Allstaff will guide you every step of the way. First, you will learn how to hold the instrument, proper hand & finger posture and good basic technique, which are all important fundamentals to get right before you move on. Then, there is a progressive study of scales, articulation and ornamentation with relevant exercises throughout, all learned through the tutors precise choice of tunes for the appropriate level of ability. The 'Whistle Basics' course will equip the beginner whistler with the necessary rudiments to begin a journey down the long and adventurous road of Irish whistle playing.

Lessons

FREE

The Scale of D Major

Whistle Basics Lesson 1


Level 1 | Melody

Hand and finger positioning and the scale of D Major.

 

FREE

The Rattlin Bog

Whistle Basics Lesson 2


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Polka

FREE

We Won't Go Home Until the Morning

Whistle Basics Lesson 3


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Exercises on the Scale of D Major

Polka

FREE

I'll Tell My Ma

Whistle Basics Lesson 4


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The scale of G Major

Polka

FREE

Britches Full of Stiches

Whistle Basics Lesson 5


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

The scale of G Major, exercises for the scale of G Major

Polka

FREE

Shoe The Donkey

Whistle Basics Lesson 6


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Continuation of the study of G Major

Mazurka

The Butterfly

Whistle Basics Lesson 7


B Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Slides

Slip Jig

Na Ceannabhain Bhána

Whistle Basics Lesson 8


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Cuts

Slip Jig

Johnny O'Leary's

Whistle Basics Lesson 9


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Slides and Cuts

Polka

Sonny's Mazurka

Whistle Basics Lesson 10


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Slides and Cuts. Kirsten will play this tune in a set with 'Shoe…

Mazurka

John Blessing's

Whistle Basics Lesson 11


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Phrasing and Breathing: Where to breath and what notes to miss out!

Reel

Sally Garden's

Whistle Basics Lesson 12


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Phrasing, Breathing and Cuts

Reel

The Ten Penny Bit

Whistle Basics Lesson 13


A Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Taps

Jig

O'Keefe's Dream

Whistle Basics Lesson 14


G Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Cuts and Taps

Reel

The Feakle Jig

Whistle Basics Lesson 15


E Minor | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls on G

Jig

Connacht Heifers

Whistle Basics Lesson 16


D Mixolydian | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls of F

Reel

Harvest Home

Whistle Basics Lesson 17


D Major | Level 1 | Melody

Ornamentation: Rolls on A

Hornpipe

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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