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South East Whistle Players OR harpists

S.T.M. 31 May 10 - 04:06 PM
Leadfingers 31 May 10 - 05:20 PM
The Fooles Troupe 31 May 10 - 05:28 PM
The Fooles Troupe 31 May 10 - 05:28 PM
S.T.M. 31 May 10 - 06:16 PM
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Waddon Pete 01 Jun 10 - 08:20 AM
S.T.M. 01 Jun 10 - 11:57 AM
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Subject: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: S.T.M.
Date: 31 May 10 - 04:06 PM

Hiya,

As some of you may know, I have recently started to learn the whistle and have also been lucky enough to get a harp. I have great people around me to teach me basic musical skills but no people who actually play either of these instruments. So I was wondering if there are any whistle players or harpists in the south east that attend sessions that I may be able to attend to pick up some tips and pick the brains of!

The whistle, I have been playing (as in playing it at least once a week) for about 2-3 months. I have pretty much just completed my first tune to full speed and know parts of others. I have some basic ornamentation but am struggling to "feel" where to put it. Whistle players to listen to would also be appreciated- currently very few CDs I own have notable whistle players upon them (although I own lots of tunes- bizarre really!).

The harp I have very limited experience with. in 2007 I had 3 months of lessons, enabling me to know how the instrument works, correct hand and finger positions and the process of "placing". It is only now that I have managed to save the funds for a harp and seem to be doing okay- but of course, extra help or tips are never turned away. I love learning and intent to soak up any music related knowledge I can, having come from a very non-musical background.

So yes, if anyone out there plays either and wouldn't mind having a chat with me- or if anyone can recommend artists to listen to, it would be very much appreciated.

Thank you!
Sinéad.


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: Leadfingers
Date: 31 May 10 - 05:20 PM

South East Asia ??


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 31 May 10 - 05:28 PM

Well, it's not South East Queensland....


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 31 May 10 - 05:28 PM

Google Chiff and Fipple.


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: S.T.M.
Date: 31 May 10 - 06:16 PM

Sorry, I meant South East England.

And thanks Foolestroupe, I have used that website before but was really looking for some personal experience rather than online.


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 31 May 10 - 09:28 PM

Oooooooooooooo.......

Sorry, but I'm on the other side of the world.... :-P

I can give you 3 words - Practice, Practice, Practice... :-)

For the whistle (but this stuff really applies to ANY instrument, actually)

Seriously, practice, at first the octave jumps for each note - when you can control those very well (builds breath and tonguing control!) move onto the jumps from one note to any OTHER note in the same octave, then from one note in either lower OR upper octave to ANY note in the OTHER octave. Somewhere in all this, you can do scales (there are several different full scales on a whistle!) arpeggios - the 1, 3, 5, 7 notes, then the 2, 4, 6, octave, then other jumps...

When you can do all that, you will have powerful technique, and you won't need to worry about playing ANY tune, AND you will find that you can pick them up far more easily... :-)

Then you can work on the 'ornamentation ' cuts, etc, and you will have strengthened and prepared your fingers.

Why do you think classically trained pianists spend many hours on scales, arpeggios and Hanon finger exercises - it's more or less what I have just described. :-)


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 08:20 AM

Hello Sinéad,

Depends on your definition of South East England! There is a good harpist who gets to some sessions in Suffolk and a good whistle player who organises some sessions in Norfolk.

If that's in your area, let me know and I'll PM you the details.

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: S.T.M.
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 11:57 AM

I'm in Kent right now but the details would be useful nonetheless. Thank you.


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: The Barden of England
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 01:10 PM

Sinéad - I'll be meeting a couple of fabulous harpists this weekend at the Pig's Ear Festival at the Kentish Horse in Markbeech. I'll ask for you, or if you can make it on Saturday night I'll introduce you.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: South East Whistle Players OR harpists
From: GUEST,Twiz
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 02:21 PM

Sin�ad

Getting closer, where in Kent? There are some sessions in and around Canterbury and also in Hythe Kent. I'm not sure how I could speak to you without putting email info or telephone on this page and I don't think thats a good idea! Or how does one PM details?

Dave.


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