Who to follow on You tube

Who to follow on You tube

when I’m learning a tune I like to listen to it. A lot. Played by several different people/bands if possible. And especially in my instrument (whistle). The only problem with this is that I do not have a very extensive musical library, nor do I have to money to acquire one, so I am restricted to searching YouTube. Unfortunately most searches bring back pages and pages of badly lit videos of teens squeaking away badly at lightning speeds in their living rooms, and not much else. I have found the Jesuit’s (RyanDunsSJ) videos helpful, and Trad School (tradschool) is good too.

Who else should I be following to listen to while learning? It doesn’t have to be strictly whistle, (and bands are obviously good too) they just have to play well so that I know I’m learning the tunes properly.

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There is no ‘should’. Having said that, sorting the wheat from the chaff is all part of the learning experience, albeit an oft-times painful one.
I’ve come to realise that there are some gems hidden away in YouTube — indeed one of the benefits of the mustard pages is the occasional link leading to a treasure trove.
All I can suggest is that you try everything that comes along — the more you search, the more refined become the offerings from Google — without necessarily suffering the whole of each and every video. I usually find myself hitting the stop button, for instance, when the audience is louder than the player or clapping off-beat, or if the soundtrack is unlistenable, or the player painfully out of tune (a little leeway is no bad thing, given that we are not all pros) or obviously not at least a little competent. A lot can be learned from an average player.
Ryan Dunn is one of the better whistlers, who for some reason seem not to post so many videos as other instrumentalists. Comhaltas put up some good stuff, although they no longer post on YouTube. Look for pipers, fluters and fiddlers as well as box- banjo- and mandolin-players. Whatever you like is what you want to be listening to. It’s no good suffering through what you have been told is good, if you don’t agree. Maybe in a few years your tastes might change; but for the time being, listen to what you want to play, and enjoy yourself.

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you have to sort out the good stuff from the junk. It’s part of the process

I believe in finding a player who’s style you like and listening to anything and everything you can find with that player on it, but that’s not for everybody.

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Our own Michael Eskin on tradlessons has some very nice whistle videos. There’s a fair amount of Mary Bergin on youtube as well. I very much agree that it’s informative to hear a tune played on different instruments than the one you’re playing, though: and clarebannerman has a fantastic all-around channel for pure-drop.

http://www.youtube.com/user/clarebannerman

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The Digital Archive of Na Píobairí Uilleann is full of gems. Here’s Sean Ryan with Alec Finn: http://source.pipers.ie/Gallery.aspx?id=350
Explore the site for video clips of many other great musicians. It will keep you sleepless.

And Michael Clarkeson’s "Irish Flute Tunes" is still growing bigger: http://irishflute.podbean.com/

If you keep listening to BBC Ulster’s Culan, you might sometimes hit upon nice musicians playing the tunes you’re just learning. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007cpq5 Each episode of the programme includes nice selections of both new and old recordings. I used to record the programme every week, and my mini disc library eventually became too big to edit. It was free, except for blank mini discs.

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Fr. Ryan Duns series is nice. He also was very engaging, getting back on a couple contacts. You might also want to check out Joanie Madden’s you tubes. she has put a number on You tube. I think she is an amazing musician and plays a very clean, well articulated whistle style.

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I’ve always enjoyed Fr. Ryan Duns playing, and second taking a look at clarebannermans channel, fantastic collection of archive material. This isn’t you tube, but brother steve’s whistle pages offer some helpful advice, I think this is the link: http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/brosteve/index.html

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Yes, I second Brother Steve’s page, you can’t go wrong going with his advice.

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At a risk of trumpet blowing try http://www.youtube.com/livetrad. 300+ tunes all to HD standard with crisp audio. Do give feedback whether you find the link useful or not, thanks!

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Not tutorials but some good resources I have used to build up a large collection of tunes on MP3:

The West Wind on Clare FM - 2 Hour program every night - downloadable to mp3:

http://clare.fm/music/ClareFM%20trad%20archive

You can also subscribe to this a a podcast.

Comhaltas - as Willy has said above this is a great source for collecting tunes. I subscribe to their Audio podcast and get a tune set downloaded every day.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/comhaltaslive-authentic-irish/id256898456

Two other BBC Radio Programmes (in addition to Culan as mentioned earlier).

Radio Ulster - Folk Club with Colum Sands
Radio Scotland - Travelling Folk

There are some great tunes (as well as a lot of songs). You can record these and any other BBC Programs to MP3 using either:

Get_iplayer (http://www.infradead.org/get_iplayer/html/get_iplayer.html)
or
RadioDowloader (http://www.nerdoftheherd.com/tools/radiodld/)

(or just listen using the BBC iPlayer)

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gravelwalks, custysmusic. not all whistle, but great stuff nonetheless.