Early Stage Pennywhistle
The workshop is primarily pitched for players
who’ve got the basic
fingering down and have a few tunes under control, but still consider themselves “early
stage.” Complete beginners are very welcome, and should get some useful
information. Bring a D whistle if you can, but come anyhow—we won’t
do that much actual playing.
The workshop will include a little historical
background of this humble but very versatile instrument, and where
it fits into the overall traditional
music scene. No focus on any particular tradition; just how to play the
axe better. We’ll look at some not-so-obvious things about technique—blowing
and fingering, why you’ll usually be playing in G on a D whistle
(and how), and some ideas about finding cool tunes in other repertoires.
Dick has been playing fipple flutes (recorder, pennywhistle, and tabor
(3 hole) pipe—the whistle’s wacky cousin) for over 30 years.
He’s done occasional tabor and pipe workshops for the annual Taborers
Society gathering in Glouchester, UK (also was a featured performer),
for San Francisco Early Music Society, and pennywhistle for the Kicking
Mule Camp. He is the author of The Pipe & Tabor Tutor, available
from Lark in the Morning, Susato Music, Sweetheart Flute Co. and the
Early Music Shop, UK.