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!
I would be glad to help if you are interested in Skype lessons. You can also check out my blog that is posted here under my signature. There are several tunes in the library that are easy to play along with, like Morrison's jig for example. I teach tin whistle classes and private lessons at the New York Irish Center here in NYC.
As far as exercises, scales are useful to practice, but I would incorporate some ornamentation into them to make them more interesting!
Ear training skills are a must in Irish music, as that is truly the way to nail down the tunes. I suggest singing the tune as you are learning it.
So, please feel free to get in touch, and the best of luck to you and your new endeavor!