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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Sarah slows down the tempo next and teaches a lovely traditional waltz from Shetland. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
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
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.
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
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
|Peak Fire Flame||33m 30s|
|Tending the Steers with a Heavy Heart||35m 47s|
|Ornamentation Tips||31m 21s|
|MacGregor of Rora||32m 59s|
|Dad's Landrover||47m 31s|
|Starry Night in Shetland||30m 18s|
|Using the Breath||14m 29s|
|Road to Diabaig||42m 09s|
|Young Scottie||43m 38s|
|The Factory Smoke||46m 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.