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Improvers' Flute:
Boehm System Focus

For those who already know the basics of the classic silver flute

The Improvers’ Flute: Boehm System FocusĀ  course is for those players of the classical silver flute who know their way round the flute and have played a few tunes, but are now ready to develop their technique and repertoire whilst getting some tips on warming up and utilising their time.

The course not only teaches tunes, but also covers tips on ornamentation, breathing and articulation, and precedes the Intermediate Flute: Boehm System Focus course.

Downloadable sheet music is available for all tunes.

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Course Intro
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Your Tutor - Sarah Hayes

Sarah is a flautist, singer and keyboard player from Northumberland. Based in Glasgow since 2005, she leads a busy and varied musical life performing, writing and recording with Admiral Fallow, Field Music, Alistair Anderson & Northlands, Wildings and more. She grew up playing folk and traditional music, studied classical flute at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and has extensive experience in indie/pop, folk and chamber music settings.

Lessons in Series

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1. The Reel of Tullochgorem

Sarah starts her course for Improvers to the Flute with a traditional 2/4 reel in D Major that is nearly identical to a tune called Jamie Allen played in another key.  

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2. The Island I Left

Sarah next looks at a lovely gaelic waltz, giving exercises on octaves and looking at ornamentation that can be used.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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3. Warm-up Exercises

Sarah looks at some very useful and important exercises that can be done to warm up before practising and performing.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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4. Drive the World Before Me

Sarah turns her attention to a great traditional slip jig in D major, also known as The Hag’s Dream.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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5. Short Coated Mary

Next up is a tune from the Western Isles that is well known across the country and a relatively easy tune to pick up.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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6. Mrs Jameson’s Favourite

Sarah teaches a slow air that is played throughout Scotland, arguably the finest piece written by 19th century fiddler, Charles Grant.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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7. Practice Tips

In this lesson, Sarah gives some great tips and tricks that players can do when practising in order to develop their playing.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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8. Brochan Lom

The next piece Sarah looks at is a very popular strathspey all about porridge!   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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9. Wha’ll Be King But Charlie

Sarah returns to jigs to teach a piece from the Captain Simon Fraser Collection published in 1816.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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10. Oyster Wives’ Rant

Sarah completes her course for the Improving Player by looking at a rell popular across Scotland and the North East of England.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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