The penny whistle (or tin whistle) is a six-holed, metal or sometimes wooden wind instrument played in traditional folk music across the British Isles and Ireland. It is most commonly found in the key of D, which will be used in this class.
The penny whistle is part of a wider family of similar instruments found and played in many cultures around the world which includes the recorder, tabor, txistu (from the Basque region) and Native American flute. It is easy to grasp the basics of this instrument, although it can be played by skilled musicians in complex and virtuoso ways.
Level 1 (Autumn term only)
This class is suitable for complete beginners. Students will learn the complete range of notes on the Penny Whistle from low D to High D.
Tune types such as jigs, reels and hornpipes will be taught.
Students will have some previous experience of playing the penny whistle.
Well-known tunes from the rich repertoire of Irish and English traditional music will be covered.
Lessons will be taught by ear, with notation supplied.
This course will be led by performer, educator and composer Jacquelyn Hynes.
Autumn Term 2017: 9, 23, 30 Sept | 14, 21 Oct | 4, 18 Nov | 2, 16 Dec
Spring Term 2018: 20, 27 Jan | 3, 17 Feb | 3, 17, 24 March | 14, 21 April
Please note that we only accept complete beginners during the Autumn term - there is no Level 1 class offered in the Spring term.
Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.
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