Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

Now the nights are drawing in I am yet again searching for some method of learning how to play the whistle. Every year come Autumn I promise myself I’ll knuckle down and get to grips with, what everyone says, is a very simple instrument to learn to play.

Living where I do in North Wales I can not find a whistle tutor at all so I have to resort to books or the web however all that I have found is very disappointing…

Can anybody reccomend the best way/method to teach oneself…. Or do I have to find that elusive tutor…???

Thanks

Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

Yes, the Grey Larsen book is excellent. I think it’s one of the best tutorial books written for any instrument. It deals with whistle and flute. It’s a little spendy ($40 US), but worth it. It also includes a few CDs of Grey playing the tunes (slow/fast).

It’s published by Mel Bay.

Highly recommended.

Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

This one is terrific, and it’s free!http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/brosteve/

Bro Steve is a member here too, so you can pester him for even more tricks of the trade. ;o)

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Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

I reccomend the Bill Ochs Tutor.

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http://www.sessioneer.org/
Here you’ll find a good tutorial. Not as comprehensive as Brother Steve’s, but very well structured in step by step instructions. I did my basic learning by this guide.

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Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

I heard Geraldine Cotter’s was really good.

Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

There are some products from Waltons
- Book/cd with Clare McKenna
-dvd tutor with Vinnie Kilduff
http://www.waltonsmusic.com/

I think there are something with cathal McConnell and L. E. McCullough at http://www.homespuntapes.com

There are also a dvd tutor from madfortrad
http://www.madfortrad.com/

A I think there also is something form Mel Bay
http://www.melbay.com

I just play a little whistle myself, and have not tried all this, but it may be a place to start. Good luck

Re: Anyone know of a decent whistle tutor….?

If you are wanting to learn Irish trad by ear then http://www.clarefm.ie is a great place to start click on Trad Archive and download a radio program.
There is a wealth of top quality traditional music there. If you have a digital audio editor like "Goldwave" you can download the entire program to your desktop then open it with Goldwave and slow it down this way you can hear more clearly how a tune goes. There are other programs that can do this "Audacity" is a free one. There is the added advantage that if you get fed up with practicing then you can just soak up some fine tunes.
Obviously it isn’t just whistle although there are always plenty of whistle/flute tunes. Learning tunes like this gives you a good grounding especially hearing how other instruments interpret a tune.

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Brian Finnigan has done an excellent CD-Rom on Mad-For-Trad. Has windows media videos of him playing, sheet music and text. He does a good selection of tunes, first slow and straight, broken down into A + B parts, then together, then faster and with ornamentation.
Highly recommended.
www.madfortrad.com

Grey Larson’s book (the bigger one for flute and whistle) is also superb.

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There is also a great set of lessons at www.ayepod.net

The course gives you all the basics you need to get started!

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Just got June McCormack’s flute book + CDs. This would be great for whistle as well as flute. Even just to listen to her play on the CDs is worth getting it for.

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