Intermediate Flute:
Boehm System Focus

For those who play the classic silver flute

The Intermediate Flute: Boehm System Focus  course is for those players of the classical silver flute who would like to learn trad and folk music without the need to purchase a traditional wooden flute.

Although most of what is taught on the wooden flute lessons in other courses can be utilised on the Boehm system, this course does play close attention to the nuances associated with the silver flute.

The course not only teaches tunes, but also covers tips on ornamentation, breathing and articulation.

Downloadable sheet music is available for all tunes.

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.

Course Syllabus & Structure

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1. Peat Fire Flame

Sarah’s first lesson looks at a 2/4 Reel believed to have originated in the Hebrides and acts as a gentle introduction to the course.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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2. Tending the Steer

Sarah next looks at a slip jig from the Highlands – “Tending the Steer with a Heavy Heart”.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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3. Ornamentation Tips

Sarah focuses on different ornamentation tips and techniques that can be added to the tunes to give colour and variation.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


4. MacGregor of Rora

Sarah turns her attention next to a pipe march she learnt from the brilliant fiddler Fiona MacAskill.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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5. Dad’s Landrover

The next lesson in Sarah’s course is a jig written by SMA tutor Mairearad Green, who not only is a fabulous accordionist, she is an amazing piper and composer.   This Post

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6. Starry Night in Shetland

Sarah slows down the tempo next and teaches a lovely traditional waltz from Shetland.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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7. Using the Breath

Sarah takes time to talk about use of breath and the diaphragm to give emphasis and definition to tunes.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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8. Road to Diabaig

Sarah next looks at a brilliant reel in A minor by the fiddler Ian Hardie from Edinburgh, incorporating more breathing and ornamentation techniques.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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9. Young Scottie

Sarah turns her attention to a jig from accordionist Charlie Sherrit that he wrote in the 1980s.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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10. The Factory Smoke

Sarah finishes her course with a hornpipe that appeared in the Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor, a collection from the 19th Century by William Honeyman.   This Post is only available to

TitleLesson Length
Peak Fire Flame33m 30s
Tending the Steers with a Heavy Heart
35m 47s
Ornamentation Tips31m 21s
MacGregor of Rora32m 59s
Dad's Landrover47m 31s
Starry Night in Shetland30m 18s
Using the Breath14m 29s
Road to Diabaig42m 09s
Young Scottie43m 38s
The Factory Smoke46m 57s

Each lesson looking at a particular tune might be split into 5 or 6 clips taking 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 Play Along Video
5. A clip on breathing techniques
6. A clip on rhthym.

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