Penny Whistle

Penny Whistle

I am teaching myself to play the whistle I started last Christmas I can play lots of tunes and some tunes by ear, I am now trying to learn to read music but I need help with my playing and the music, I live in Northern Ireland Co Antrim can anyone help.
Thanks Dacvid.

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You can go to lunchtunes,com where some very talented guys (one is my teacher) have posted neat tunes. Also check out the online tutorials. There is so much help available! Have fun!!!
janmarie

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If I were fond of puns, I woud say "work your phrasing", but I’m not 🙂

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http://lunchtunes.com/

Ryan Duns ~ * with reservations
http://www.youtube.com/user/RyanDunsSJ
http://www.tinwhistler.blogspot.com/
* Ryan’s introductory lessons are fine, but other contributions are not so good, for example his take on hornpipes, which he doesn’t manage well, in my opinion. His philosophy is great, but like us all, he doesn’t exactly follow what he preaches, at least as I interpret it all. Bless him for his generosity, but be sure to temper exposure here with listening to lots of good music, whatever the instrument giving it swing… Also check ‘Links’ here, for lessons and listens. Best of luck…

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Also, there are some fine players there in the North, in and around Antrim, so don’t pass up any opportunity to learn direct, from living sources, including the many workshops held all over Ireland, such as the Frankie Kennedy on this December.

https://thesession.org/events/1769
http://www.frankiekennedy.com/

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Musn’t take things for granted ~ just in case you aren’t already familiar with the infamous Chiff & Fipple and that lot of antiquarians ~ 😉 ~

http://www.chiffandfipple.com/

If they weren’t whistle players they’d be train spotters…

Penny Whistle Anoraks

😀 ~ they made me say that…

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Smikinni, just go to your local sessions as often as you can - listen and
imitate, you lucky dog! Surrounded by the real deal - probably lots of
bad players too, but learning the difference is part of the process.

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Damn, I forgot to mention local sessions and music related carry on… 😉

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good whistle n flute teacher in Ballycastle - ask the local CCÉ branch for Catherine Mc Clean - a great player and teacher.

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I must reply here because I feel so strongly, that you should forget all the tunes you have learned from the "dots" as they say. That kind of music is for the academics and the puristas. Don’t be one of those teeners who can’t wait to play everything better than everyone else. How boring. In a more positive sense, practice timing, intonation, and then expand your repertoire in as natural way as is possible in your musical environment. And filter your feedbacks to suit yourself first, and proselytizers last. IMHO.

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Ha, I liked that post. And I like it when people feel strongly.

(I must ask though, What’s a "Purista"?)

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A cat owner by a Sandinista?

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@ windybaer
I agree with the second half of your post above. Sound advice. But it seems to me you overcook it when you advise Smikinni to forget all tunes learnt from the dots.

When I started playing Irish traditional music I learnt quite a few tunes from the dots. Years later, there’s not one of those tunes I play the same way I learnt them. Equally, when I started, I learnt a great many tunes by ear. And again, I don’t play any of these the same way I heard them originally.

The important thing it seems to me is to listen to lots of good players of whatever instrument you’re playing. From this you develop a sense of the music, and how it works on your instrument. And from this you find you also have a feel for how you yourself are inclined to characterize the music you play. In addition to which, over time, you hear other versions of tunes you know which appeal; and other players whose style you are drawn to. And so, to some extent, you find your own playing changes naturally as a result. And so it continues…

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Where do you live? There are more trad musicians in Antrim than anywhere else in Ireland, so it shouldn’t be that difficult to find somewhere to learn.

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Thanks bodhran bliss, I live in newtownabbey.