Tin whistle: Scales and Arpeggios
I’m relatively young to the instrument, so far I’ve picked up tunes I really liked and practiced some of them endlessly. Still, sometimes when I start learning a new tune, I struggle at the onset, more-so than for some other new tunes. This seems to be particularly the case for Edor pieces.
Recently, a non-Irish-trad musician friend, whom has a lot of background in music theory and piano, recommended practicing scales and arpeggios. Obviously tunes go and up and down the scales, but there seems to be far more to it than that for ITM. Curious about this?
From what I’ve read online, practicing arpeggios would be something like …
Dmaj: D F# A d f# a f# d A F# D … repeat
Gmaj: D G B d g d B G D … repeat
and shifted over for other modes of those keys.
An exercise for Cmaj:
C E G E C
D F A F D
E G B G E
F A c A F
G B d B G
A c e c A
B d f d B
c e g e c
g e c e g
f d B f d
e c A c e
d B G B d
c A F A c
B G E G B
A F D F A
G E C E G E C … repeat
I’ve read through a few discussions on scales & arpeggios (https://thesession.org/discussions/16301 , https://thesession.org/discussions/16264/ , https://thesession.org/discussions/18168 , https://thesession.org/discussions/33669). Some people seem to suggest working on scales, other say once past the beginner stage it’s better to work on tunes.
So, other than working on some scales & arpeggios for the few modes I seem to be currently weaker at (ex. Edor), is there much value in practicing them for ITM? Or is my time better spent on tunes?
And does anyone have good exercises for the different D + C whistle modes (major/ionian, mixolydian, dorian, and minor/aeolian)?
Thus far, I have learned tunes of the modes: Dmaj, Amix, Edor, Ador, Emin, Amin, Bmin, Gmin, and Dmin. A few Cmaj, Dmix, Gmix, Gdor, Emaj and Fmaj are on my radar too!