Traditional Irish Music
My want to whistle has been nagging me many a year. I remember watching and listening to an old school friend playing a tune with the local Trad group. Darren is a long time member, he plays Whistle, Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle and all incredibly well I might add. Less isn't expected as he's been at it from before his teen years with some regrettable absences (his own thoughts) Whistle playing at his level is always out of reach for a wannabe whistler and that kept me from getting started the doubt the lack of confidence but the wanting to always nagged and never went away.
More years than I care to mention have passed from I first went to a Traditional night and since then I had taken up acoustic guitar got a grip on some chords a little finger style and even took a good old run at some theory that I'm glad to say took away lot of the mystery of music but didn't make the physical act of being able to play much easier.
I be chatting with Darren back an forth and remember him saying Ach sure playing whistle is easy playing guitar is easy even though as a beginner it wasn't easy but the more I played the easier certain things where getting like holding the guitar that was much easier after a few weeks/months lol
So anyways back to Whistling..
I bought my first whistle on the 14th of July 2012 or there abouts a Clarke Sweet Tone it was like Christmas and I even took the whistle up with me when I went to bed so I'd be reminded to practice in the morning (nuts I know) I had played recorder at primary school and can read music from studying guitar so I wasn't going to go to a teacher immediately and bought the Bill Och's Clarke Tin Whistle tutor book with cd from the net and proceeded to learn and it seems to be working. Here's a recrding of the first hurdle I hit and that was right after I had failed to jump @ Oranges and Lemons :) I did get it eventually.
Katie Bairdie my first recording (Jul 25, 2012)
I persevered with practice learning gradually getting to grips with the beginners physical aspects of playing seeing the note and translating that to the right fingering and within a few weeks (Bill Och moves pretty fast) I am Tonguing and Slurring notes and most importantly enjoying the learning experience.
Here's my first Slurring and Tonguing tune it's not perfect I know from listening while watching the music but it's mine and it sounds better than any of the earlier tunes I have worked and I'm kinda proud of it :)
Lewis Bridal song (Aug 20, 2012)
I kept going back over the initial lessons and drilling the exercises and have now got a decent practice routine fixed into my daily schedule. My latest hurdle is a ornament challenge cuts, strikes and eventually simple rolls technique I'm not panicking about this as time and some good video I've sourced on You Tube will help me reach the goal.
The finale to this post is a re-recorded Katie Bairdie as I wasn't reading the notation very well in my first recording this is getting closer to how Och plays it on books accompanying cd.
Katie Bairdie t2 (August 23, 2012)
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