Friday, 27 March 2020

Ormistons' Part 2


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This is the second part of Ormistons' - essentially the same as the jig, but its been reel-ified.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Thursday, 26 March 2020

Ormistons' Part 1

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One of the very first tunes I wrote for wooden flute today. It's a really long tune and it comes in two parts, so today is part 1. It's a jig with 6 parts, but it's not that tricky. It's called Ormistons' because that was the maker of the flute that I played at that time, so the flute gave me the tune.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Hälleforsnäspolskan

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It's time for a Swedish tune today - a slängpolska. Easily played on the silver flute - I'm playing it on my wooden flute, but you will need keys to play it on a wooden flute. You need to be able to cross finger a C natural and you'll need an F natural key.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

The Nuvo Toot

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I got myself a little Nuvo Toot and unboxed it. Did I like it? You'll have to watch the video!
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Vicki

Monday, 23 March 2020

Flute Basics Part 3

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This video deals with putting your flute together - being careful of your keys if you have any. How to align the holes and making your first tentative notes with the whole flute assembled. If you've followed part 1 and part 2 you'll notice that the whole flute takes a lot more air!
Beautiful notes is the key to this video - listen carefully to yourself!
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Vicki
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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Hennessey's Gathering

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Today we have a tune on the silver Boehm system flute. It was written by Jonny Dyer many many years ago! It cracks along at quite a pace!
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Vicki
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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Flute Basics Part 2

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Part 2 is about how we approach starting the note. We use the tongue to give the start of the note a nudge. Watch the video! Then get ready for part 3!
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Vicki
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To Catch a Cat

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One of my tunes today. To Catch a Cat. It's a jig I wrote many years ago when I was trying to catch a cat that was coming into the house. A big black cat - I never did catch it, but I did get a great jig out of it! Dots are below and also a link to our recording of this on spotify.
Enjoy!
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Vicki
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Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Flute Basics Part 1

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So you've just got your first flute and need some help! This video is all about getting a good sound out of just the head joint. Definitely don't run before you can walk, beautiful zen notes are the order of the day! Once you're done here, head over to Flute Basics Part 2.
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Vicki
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Dick Gossip

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Another Irish tune today - Dick Gossip. I have no idea how long I've been playing this tune for, but it was probably one of the earliest tunes I ever played on the wooden flute. It's not too tricky, but some nice grace notes in the B part to be had. I'd call them triplings - coming from a Highland Piping background. I'm aware my flute playing isn't based in Irish music, but is very varied, so expect the unexpected over the next few weeks as we're in Global Lockdown. Don't let these Irish tunes lull you into a false sense of Irish flute security!
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Vicki
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