Yet another enjoyable tin whistle workshop yesterday in Lancaster!
This one was at the Robert Gillow, in the upstairs room. We did two tunes: a slip jig called ‘Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight’, and the slow air ‘South Wind’. Participants came along with a range of abilities, which we worked into an ensemble piece with the more experienced players learning and playing the melody, and the beginners contributing a couple of legato harmony lines to give them experience of moving between the notes and learning finger patterns.
We also did quite a bit of work on ornamentation (ie cuts/rolls/crans), phrasing (breathing, tonguing and slurring), and techniques for making slow airs sound really good.
I’ll be setting up a date for the next whistle workshop in the Lancaster area soon – keep an eye on the 2016 Workshops and Classes page for details.