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photoI teach an adult daytime class in Absolute Beginners Whistle (click picture to enlarge) with ALP Scots Music Group in Edinburgh (see their web site for further details of ALP's courses in Scottish culture). Even if the participants have played a little before, I always treat everyone as though they're picking up an instrument for the first time.

Below is the schedule for the course, which starts on 24th September 2003 at St Colm's Church, Dalry Road, Edinburgh (see map). If you have any further questions, please ask (email me). Click on the lesson numbers to see what was covered that day.

Last updated: 3rd May 2004

A1 24/9 The first steps: holding the whistle, making a noise, our first notes Egan's Polka
A2 1/10 The high D; the upper octave. Over the Sea to Skye
A3 8/10 More notes; scale in D. Amazing Grace; Wha Wadna Fecht
A4 15/10 Scales and scale patterns Barnyards o' Delgaty
A5 29/10 Reels Tail Toddle; Short-Coated Mary
A6 5/11 The G scale The Rakes of Mallow
A7 12/11 Practice routines & review Johnny McIljohn's
A8 19/11 The Strathspey; irregular rhythms Comin' Thro' the Rye; Piper's Hut;
A9 26/11 Airs Farewell to Fuinary; Bonnie Galloway
A10 3/12 Stramash  
B1 14/1 Irish reels Johnny McIljohn's #2
B2 21/1 Irish jigs Scattery Island Slide
B3 28/1 Irish polkas I'll Tell Me Ma
B4 4/2 Irish airs Eibhlin
B5 11/2 Decoration
B6 25/2 Breathing
B7 3/3 Revision Winster Gallop
B8 10/3 Hornpipes Harvest Home
B9 17/3 Rehearsal
B10 24/3 Stramash  
Lesson Date Techniques Tunes
C1 21/4 Concert piece Mary Young and Fair
C2 28/4 Building sets Tormaid; Domhnall Dubh
C3 5/5   Rowing from Islay to Uist
C4 12/5    
C5 19/5    
C6 26/5    
C7 2/6   The Butterfly
C8 9/6    
C9 16/6    
C10 23/6 Stramash  


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