Classical Flutist learning to play the Irish Flute
So I have been involved in Irish dancing for many years and love traditional Irish music. As well as being involved in the dancing, I am a classicaly trained flutist am currently studying flute at the university level working twards my bacholers in music. I have always wanted to play the Irish flute, but have never had any time with all of the other practicing I needed to do. I’m thinking of trying my hand at the Irish style of flute playing, but I have a few questions…
1. What are the main difference in playing the Irish flute and Classical flute. I understand that there is less tounging in traditional irish music, less vibrato and the player wants a more reedy sound. Is there any other differences especialy in the embouchure (I have been trained in the popular french school….relaxed corners and lip covering at least 1/2 of the hole), or any thing else I should know about.
2. Where can I get a quality simple system flute on a low budget. I would love to get the best, but since I just spend 8K on a haynes silver flute, I do not have so much cash lol. Is the Casey Burns folk flute a good deal?
Thanks so much. I can’t wait to start learning 🙂