Beginning Tin Whistle (Whistles Provided!)
Learn to play the Irish tin whistle (or pennywhistle)
from the ground up, brush up on your whistle-playing skills, learn some
new tunes and techniques, or just stop by to learn more about one of
Ireland's most fascinating and fun instruments. Complete beginners are
welcome, and tin whistles will be available to borrow or to purchase
at the end of the workshop. Experienced players should bring a tin whistle
in the key of D.
The workshop will introduce the history of the instrument and examples
of how it is played in Irish music, and will then delve into how to
play the tin whistle itself. Students will learn techniques for fingering,
posture, breathing, tonguing, and playing scales, before progressing
on to playing simple melodies (by music, whistle tablature, or by ear).
After this, students will get a chance to learn a few real Irish session
tunes on the whistle so that they can take part in the Irish slow session
following the workshop. Also discussed will be Irish tune types, tin
whistle terminology, and ornamentation. Handouts will be provided with
information on recommended listening, Irish music basics, tin whistle
types, and places to hear and play Irish music in the Bay Area.
Autumn Rhodes grew up with Irish traditional
music and plays tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, and uilleann
pipes. She has played and taught
professionally for over 10 years, touring the Midwest, East Coast,
and Ireland. She has performed and recorded with such groups as Soltré,
The Colleens, Kennedy's Kitchen, Míra, Meitheal, and Éireforce
and with musicians Julie Henigan and Brian O'hEadhra. Autumn also studied
under such Irish music legends as Mary Bergin, Laurence Nugent, John
Williams, and John Skelton and has been awarded 8 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil
titles. She has recently relocated to San Francisco, where she teaches
music lessons when she is not on tour with her band, Soltré.