I'm a beginnig whislter--I recently got mine over a birthday after searching years and years for what the beautiful instrument I loved so much in Irish music was. Anyway, I've been looking at tin whistle tutorials, and have the very basics down. i can produce a good tone, and understand basic ornamentation. But I don't have anyone who can teach me, and there isn't anyone who plays around where I live at college. I'm wondering a couple of things. Are there any exercises I can do on the whistle regularly that will increase my proficiency in practice and performance (scales, ornament exercises, etc)? And what songs are good for a beginner like me to learn? How should I go about learning songs? (I should add that I am blind and cannot read print music, so I will need to learn songs by ear.)
THanks for any help anyone here can give!
Well, learning by ear probably is best anyway if you want to play Irish music. Playing scales is also good exercise. That being said, for learning tunes, if you are having trouble learning by ear, there is another resource you can use. Do you know about ABC notation. I assume your computer either translates what is on the screen to either braille or to speech. Anyway, ABC notation literally writes tunes like that so you should be able to figure them out.