Introducing Tin Whistle

Group Course for Beginners

Comments from Students
Schedule & Fee

Introducing Tin WhistleA simple tube of metal with six finger-holes, the whistle has an expressive range that can encompass everything from the speed and excitement of dance music to the haunting and emotionally-charged expression of slow airs. Wooden and bird-bone whistles a thousand years old have been found in excavations of Viking Dublin, and today’s tin whistle is only the most recent in a long line of whistles in Ireland.

Designed for absolute beginners, Introducing Tin Whistle teaches the basics of whistle-playing, covering such aspects as tonguing, vibrato and slurring, and including some ornamentation and variation. Students will concentrate on slow airs, jigs and polkas, but other forms may be touched on as well. Also covered are some aspects of the history of the instrument and the music played on it. Students will need to have a standard ‘D’ whistle (the Waltons ‘Mellow D’ whistle is recommended for beginners) before the start of the course.

Introducing Tin Whistle is one of our group courses for beginners. Private, partner and group tin whistle and low whistle lessons are also available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty - Traditional Instruments for more information. We also offer special one- and two-hour tin whistle or low whistle Intensive Lessons for tourists and visitors to Dublin.

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Comments from Students

'Excellent teaching, and easy learning techniques.'
– T. Carroll

'Harry is a great teacher, with a passion for Irish music that is infectious.'
– K. Murphy

'I really enjoyed learning step-by-step from a master of the instrument, in a relaxed atmosphere.'
– G. McManus

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Harry Long, Teacher

Harry LongAuthor of The Waltons Guide to Irish Music and the Leaving Cert. Music coursebook Soundscapes: Irish Music & Aural Awareness, Harry has devoted a lifetime to the study and teaching of Irish history and traditional music, in all its forms. He has played tin and low whistles for over three decades and performed with the Irish National Folk Company at St. Enda's National Historic Park, in international music and dance festivals and throughout Ireland both solo and in sessions, and he currently performs with the trad/folk band Coscán. As a teacher he has guided hundreds of students at both private and national schools in Dublin and County Wicklow. Harry has composed and recorded music for RTÉ radio and television documentaries, including Head Waters (1991), on the area where Turlough O’Carolan was born, and A Change of Heart. He has taught Irish music appreciation and tin and low whistle at the New School for thirteen years and has taught tin whistle beginners from all over the world in our summer lessons and courses. His solo whistle playing can be heard on the album Rinka (2002), as well as the Waltons double CDs, Ireland's Best Tin Whistle Tunes, Volumes 1 and 2 and Ireland's Best Tin Whistle Tunes for Children.

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2013-2014 Third Term Schedule & Fee

8 weeks, 28 April – 30 June 2014
(No classes on 5 May & 2 June bank holidays)
Mondays 7 – 8 pm

Tuition Fee: €136

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed enrolment form and full payment of tuition fees. (Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a 2013-2014 General Enrolment Form.) Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Early enrolment is recommended, as places are limited to eight.

Purchasing this course as a gift? Go to Enrolment & Booking Form Downloads for a Gift Certificate Booking Form.

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