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 Whistle Basics Lesson 1
Whistle Basics Lesson 1

This is an introductory lesson for the tin whistle. Hand and finger positioning [.. Read More]

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free Whistle Basics Lesson 2
Whistle Basics Lesson 2

In this lesson a very simple Irish Polka called 'The Rattlin' Bog' will be taugh [.. Read More]

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free Whistle Basics Lesson 3
Whistle Basics Lesson 3

Another simple Irish Polka called 'We Won't Go Home Until the Morning' will be t [.. Read More]

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free Whistle Basics Lesson 4
Whistle Basics Lesson 4

The song air for a very popular Irish song will be taught in this class: 'I'll T [.. Read More]

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free Whistle Basics Lesson 5
Whistle Basics Lesson 5

Another lively Polka will be taught in this lesson, called 'Britches Full of Sti [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 6

In this lesson, a popular Mazurka from Donegal will be taught - 'Shoe the Donkey [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 7
Whistle Basics Lesson 7

The popular Slip Jig 'The Butterfly' will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 8
Whistle Basics Lesson 8

Another Slip Jig called 'Na Ceannabhain Bhána will be taught in this lesson. Th [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 9
Whistle Basics Lesson 9

Johnny O'Leary's Polka will be taught in this lesson. Kirsten will continue her [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 10
Whistle Basics Lesson 10

In this lesson 'Sonny's Mazurka' will be taught. Kirsten will continue her study [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 11
Whistle Basics Lesson 11

John Blessington's Reel is the tune featured in this lesson. Kirsten focuses on [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 12
Whistle Basics Lesson 12

In this lesson, Kirsten teaches the well known reel 'Sally Gardens'. She will co [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 13
Whistle Basics Lesson 13

'The Ten Penny Bit' is the jig taught in this lesson. Kirsten will use the tune [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 14
Whistle Basics Lesson 14

In this lesson the reel 'O'Keefe's Dream' will be taught. Kirsten will continue [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 15
Whistle Basics Lesson 15

Another Jig will be taught in this lesson 'The Feakle Jig'. A new ornament will [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 16
Whistle Basics Lesson 16

In this lesson the reel 'The Connacht Heifer' will be taught. The study of rolls [.. Read More]

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Whistle Basics Lesson 17
Whistle Basics Lesson 17

In this lesson the Hornpipe 'Harvest Home' will be taught. The study of rolls wi [.. Read More]

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