Flute Basics

This course is aimed at the absolute beginner flute player. It begins with a series of six free lessons then progresses through to the twelve main subscription lessons. How to hold the instrument with proper hand, lip and finger posture will be demonstrated and explained in the first of the six free lessons, along with the scales of D and G. Other basic fundaments that Steph will address include: how to create space in a tune to breath, breath technique, articulation, ornamentation, flute maintenance and how to gain clarity of tone in both the high and low register. Throughout the course she progressively refers to and teases out many of the issues that give so many flute players difficulties. The ‘Flute Basics' course will equip the beginner flautist with the necessary rudiments to begin a journey down the long and adventurous road of Irish flute playing. By the end of the course, the learner will have a repertoire of fourteen Irish tunes that sit very on the flute, the knowledge of how to play with good tone and rhythm with basic ornamentation and a deeper understanding of the Irish music tradition.


Lessons

free Flute Basics Lesson 1
Flute Basics Lesson 1

This is an introductory lesson for the Irish flute course ‘Flute Basics’. Ha [.. Read More]

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free Flute Basics Lesson 2
Flute Basics Lesson 2

In this lesson Steph will teach the scale of G on the flute. [.. Read More]

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free Flute Basics Lesson 3
Flute Basics Lesson 3

In this lesson, Steph will teach the tune ‘Tripping to the Well’ in G major. [.. Read More]

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free Flute Basics Lesson 4
Flute Basics Lesson 4

Steph will focus solely on breathing and articulation in this lesson. [.. Read More]

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free Flute Basics Lesson 5
Flute Basics Lesson 5

In this lesson, Steph will focus on how to gain clarity of tone for both the low [.. Read More]

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free Flute Basics Lesson 6
Flute Basics Lesson 6

In this lesson, Steph will teach a simple tune in the key of D major called ‘T [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 7
Flute Basics Lesson 7

In this Flute Basics lesson, Steph teaches the Jig ‘The Butcher’s March’. [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 8
Flute Basics Lesson 8

The tune ‘O’Keefe’s Slide #1’ will be taught in this lesson. The focus o [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 9
Flute Basics Lesson 9

In this lesson, Steph will be introducing the ‘triplet’. She will teach the [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 10
Flute Basics Lesson 10

In this lesson Steph will teach the Slipjig ‘The Humours of Whiskey’. Throat [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 11
Flute Basics Lesson 11

Steph will now teach a Reel called ‘The Sunny Banks’. How to strengthen the [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 12
Flute Basics Lesson 12

In this lesson, Steph will teach Jimmy Duffy's Barndance and revisit the theme o [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 13
Flute Basics Lesson 13

In this Flute Basics lesson Steph teaches a Jig in G major called ’The Munster [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 14
Flute Basics Lesson 14

Steph will now teach the Reel ‘The Heathery Breeze’. She will use this tune [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 15
Flute Basics Lesson 15

In this lesson Steph will teach another Jig called ‘Brendan Tonroe’s Jig. St [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 16
Flute Basics Lesson 16

In this lesson Steph will teach a Hornpipe called ‘McGivney’s Fancy’. She [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 17
Flute Basics Lesson 17

In this lesson, Steph will teach the reel ‘The Crosses of Annagh’. In it, sh [.. Read More]

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Flute Basics Lesson 18
Flute Basics Lesson 18

In this final lesson of Flute Basics, Steph will discuss and demonstrate how to [.. Read More]

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Welcome to OAIM
Online Academy of Irish Music

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