Thanks for your input.
Among all the things you said, I can say that a website (blog or whatever) for that purpose would be the umpteenth thing to take care of and, if anything, I have to cut
a few things off, not add them, especially now that the tin whistle is eating (said in the most positive way possible) tons of time.
I will not rule the possibility out though because I find the idea brilliant, but I think for now I'll just stick to the easier one of opening a thread with my progresses.
Oh and I'm not discouraged at all, if that's what you thought when I said I was disenchanted
. I just meant that practicing a tune over and over and memorizing it just through practice makes me feel like I'm cutting corners and missing out on something important which is a broader understanding of notes, keys, notations and general music playing knowledge.
I am excited about playing the whistle, I even unmuffle
it now during the day (I used to silence it not to bother the neighbors) and play it full throttle. I simply don't want to chose wrongly in the learning process.
If the learning by learning tunes is, as highland-piper
said, the most common method, regardless of which instrument or teacher, I'll be fine with it.
As far as which whistle to make next, I'd go for C or E. Just expand out one step at a time.
If you've never played any instrument, then rhythm will probably be a challenge for you. It was for me. Through relentless work with a metronome under two great music teachers I have greatly improved my rhythmic abilities. I'm still not the best, but I've gotten pretty decent overall.
Honestly, I'm not sure what you mean by this.
You referred to the metronome so I guess you refer to the ability to pick and/or maintain a given tempo throughout a session.
If that's what you mean I have to say I feel quite alright with it. You know when you enter a tunnel and lose radio signal but you still keep singing the song? I am always on the beat when I get the signal back. Is that what you meant?
I'm not certain what you mean by the following: "I feel the need to learn music instead..."
Indeed it is vague in my head too.
When I was in middle school (about 10 to 13) I received my first and only musical training. Music was a school subject, but its importance was far lower than other subjects. This means it was one of those subjects you pass for just showing up.
My memories about the musical hour (yes, one hour per week) are faint at most and with much regret I mostly remember my childish resistance at putting an effort in order to learn something. Oh so many things I regret as a child!
In fact, very little overall musical knowledge remained after middle school and even though in my life I often wandered in or along musically related environments, I never stepped up and tried to fill the void of not knowing music in a educated way. Since my teenage years I've always said I wanted to learn the clarinet but words never became actions and year after year I just sat on my ass just listening
to music, but never trying to play it.
Now I am finally venturing into playing an instrument and regardless of what this instrument is and what kind music it is mostly associated with (more on that later), I want to become a musically educated person in the same way one would want to learn another language properly and with knowledge of all the rules, grammar, verbs and pronunciation, and not just be able to communicate at a basic or even profound level.
I don't want to be able to write and read notes in order to learn to play the whistle, I want to learn to write and read and understand notes and keys and fifths and chromatic/diatonic and transpositions and all stuff music through and along the whistle learning process.
I am not in a hurry, but if in -say- five years I can play, even magisterially, dozens and dozens of tunes but I end up knowing little or nothing about music at large, it'll be, well, half disappointing.
I hope this adds some sense to the whole of it.
I assume you're interested in Irish Tradional Music?
Short answer is yes, thorough answer is yes but not because I have started to play the whistle and neither the other way around.
I have started to play the whistle because I had one
(it was a gift from my sister, think it spent more than a year in my drawer before I started blowing into it). My knowledge of Irish Music is poor and names like Chieftains or Mary Bergin have still a "wet paint" sign on my brain walls.
Do I like Irish Music? Hell yes I do!
Would I play the whistle if I thought was like rap (sorry for rap lovers but truly, I like most genres but rap isn't one of them)?
Of course I would because the two things are completely unrelated to me.
Luckily the two things come happily together and I couldn't ask for more.
So yes I am interested in Irish Music but I still know squat about it.
I can also recomend Bill Ochs book for learning the notes;
Duly noted, also ghicken
mentioned it, I will definitively look it up.
How you learn best, and what approach(s) is going yo be best for you is something
you'll have to discover for yourself. What keeps you motivated and moving foward?
So many options.....
My motivation is learning, for the fun of it.
In the last year or so I have zealously started to cross things off my list of things I must do in my life and I'm glad that learning to play an instrument is finally one of them.
Best of luck on the journey!
Taking lessons is definitively something that I'll have to do.
I doubt though that I'll find a specific whistle teacher in my vicinities so I guess that as soon as I have more time I'll start searching for the next best thing (probably some other woodwind instrument teacher). In the meanwhile I'll see books and online lessons although I'm not too fond of the impersonal approach for this thing.
Thanks everybody for your support.