Ross begins his Advanced Whistle Course by recapping grace notes from his previous course and developing them at this level. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
This course aims to take the playing to the next level by looking at skills and repertoire of the top players.
The Advanced Whistle course is for those players who are familiar with most keys and most embellishments and ornaments. The course begins by looking at developing ornamentation and halve holing, before moving on to more challenging pieces that utilise these skills.
Taught on a Low D Whistle this course is most suited to any D whistle, though tips and tricks extend to any whistle.
Downloadable sheet music is available for all tunes.
Course Syllabus & Structure
|Grace Notes||06m 34s|
|Run to D||14m 11s|
|Chromatics and Half Holes||06m 52s|
|Michael's Matches||36m 09s|
|Shputnik in Glenshiel||20m 22s|
|Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder||25m 21s|
|Rosie Shand of Grantown||17m 17s|
|Chloe's Passion||18m 40s|
Each lesson looking at a particular tune is split into 4-6 clips and may take the form of:
1. A brief intro and playthrough
2. A tutorial on the ‘A’ Section
3. A tutorial on the ‘B’ Section
4. A tutorial on the ‘C’ Section
5. A tutorial on the ‘D’ Section
6. A Play Along Video.
Your Tutor -
Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Ali Hutton, Jarlath Henderson, Charlie Mckerron, Tim Edey, Hamish Napier, India Alba and has performed with Kate Rusby, Blue Rose Code, Zakir Hussain, Trilok Gurtu, Capercaillie, Shooglenifty, Carl Barat, Papon, Karsh Kale, Flook, Breabach, Soumik Datta and Patsy Reid.
Ross continues his course looking at a technique he employs in his playing to add extra ornamentation – the “Run to D”. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Next, Ross focuses on half holes and using them to play chromatic notes on your D (or any other Key) whistle. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Ross begins looking at tunes in his Advanced Course with a great reel from the brilliant fiddler Charlie McKerron. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Ross moves on to a tune written by one of his biggest influences, Martyn Bennett taken from Martyn’s seminal album, Bothy Culture. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
A tune this time written by Ross himself which flits between E Major and Minor involving lots of halve holing. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Ross focuses on a piece written by fiddler Adam Sutherland that forms part of the first track of Adam’s first album, Squall. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Ross moves on to a 4-part pipe jig in 9/8 by one of the MacDonald Brothers of Glenuig, Dr Angus MacDonald. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login