Traditional Irish Tin Whistle | Intermediate
Learn how to add ornamentation to Irish jigs and reels, in this free online music course with Brian O'Loughlin.Publisher: World Music Project (Alison)
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This free online Irish tin whistle course is designed to help the beginner develop those skills and techniques that will give their tin whistle playing an authentic Irish sound. It is ideally suited to students who have completed our basic Beginner 1 and Beginner 2 courses and want to progress, or to any beginner who can play basic tunes by ear or by following notes. It’s one thing to play a straightforward tune but it’s quite another to pepper your playing with ‘cuts’, ‘taps’ and ‘rolls’, the ornamentations that make Irish folk music so vibrant. Here, accomplished musician Brian O'Loughlin teaches you how to acquire the digital dexterity behind ornamentation over a couple of lessons, before moving on to applying your new skills. Throughout the course, he teaches the tune first, then devotes a lesson to focusing on where and how to add ornamentation.
The lessons begin with a class on cuts and one on taps and rolls before Brian moves on to teaching the jig, 'Gander in the Pratie Hole'. Download the notes from the resources section of the course to follow the lesson more easily. Brian breaks the tune down into parts and demonstrates where and how to add ornamentation after each part. The next tune you will learn is the first reel in this series of courses, ‘The Silver Spear’. Learning your first reel is a milestone on any instrument, as it’s the fastest type of tune in Irish music and among the most popular. Here, Brian teaches you how to play each part slowly and with practice you can build up your speed. The final tune in the course is another popular reel, 'Rolling in the Rye Grass'. As with every tune, Brian plays it through at the proper speed so that you can hear how it should be. In the final two lessons, he teaches the whole tune first, then spends the final lesson demonstrating how and where you can add ornamentation.
If you are relatively proficient in the Irish tin whistle and want to broaden your repertoire and learn how to recreate authentic traditional Irish sounds, this free online tin whistle course provides the perfect training. Our tutor, Brian O'Loughlin is an accomplished flute player from County Clare in the musical heart of Ireland, on the west coast. From a well-known musical family, he has been a member of some of Ireland’s top ceili bands as well as performing with a trio. By completing this course, you can learn those all-important techniques that are fundamental to developing as a tin whistle player. You can also gain certification by passing the end-of-course assessment. Complete this course and with practice, you will master the deftness of playing that has been setting Irish music apart for centuries. You will also learn more of the favourites played at 'seisiúns' (music sessions) across Ireland and beyond. If you want to elevate your playing with those techniques and ornamentations that colour Irish folk music, this is the course for you!Start Course Now
Improve your Irish Tin Whistle Playing
Improve your Irish Tin Whistle Playing - Learning Outcomes
Adding Ornamentation to your Tin Whistle Playing
Playing the Jig, ‘Gander in the Pratie Hole’
Playing the Reel, 'The Silver Spear'
Playing the Reel, 'Rolling In The Rye Grass'
Improve your Irish Tin Whistle Playing - Lesson Summary
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Recall how to play a ‘cut’
- Demonstrate a ‘roll’
- Recognise a jig rhythm and be able to play the jig, ‘Gander in the Pratie Hole’
- Identify where to add ornamentation to ‘Gander in the Pratie Hole’
- Recall how to play the reel, 'The Silver Spear'
- Illustrate where to add ‘cuts’ and ‘rolls’ to 'The Silver Spear
- Distinguish the reel rhythm and play 'Rolling in the Rye Grass'
- Demonstrate how to add ornamentation to 'Rolling in the Rye Grass' with ‘cuts’ and ‘rolls’
- Identify when it’s best to add a roll or take a breath
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