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Intermediate Flute

Focusing on technique and creativity

The Intermediate Flute course is aimed at the intermediate player who is looking to improve their technique whilst broadening their repertoire.

The course begins with 6 short lessons in a “Technique Toolbox” covering topics like posture and embouchere.

It finishes with some extra lessons on Creativity that will link this course with more advanced courses.

As always, downloadable sheet music will be available.

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Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
Technique Toolkit25m 20s
Farewell to Whisky
15m 33s
Aith Rant
22m 27s
St Kilda Wedding (G Major)12m 53s
The Battle of Waterloo
28m 18s
Aly's Waltz
26m 49s
St Kilda Wedding (A Major)
12m 40s
The Snuff Wife22m 52s
Dunrobin Castle27m 41s
Creativity Extras22m 56s

Each lesson looking at a particular tune is split into 4 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.

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Tom Oakes Flute Tutor

Your Tutor -

2019 Scots Trad ‘Musican of the Year’ Nominee, Tom is regarded as one of the UK’s top Wooden Flautists and DADGAD guitarists. Edinburgh based, he has spent the last decade ploughing many different furrows as a traditional/contemporary musician, composer & producer. Known widely for his work with Shetland fiddler Ross Couper, Genre bending pan Scandinavian act ‘The Auvo Quartet’ and new Scottish powerhouse OBT.

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Technique Toolbox

Tom has filmed some videos on technique on the flute that can be referred to throughout the course, ranging from posture to use of keys.   This Post is only available to

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1. Farewell to Whisky

Tom begins his first tune tutorial looking at piece written by Niel Gow and commonly played as a polka called “Farewell to Whisky”.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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2. Aith Rant

Tom next looks at a haunting jig from Shetland thought to be written by “the little people” called the Aith Rant.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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3. St Kilda Wedding (G Major)

Next up is a reel that Tom will later teach in A Major but here he teaches it in the slightlier easier key for the unkeyed flute of G Major.   This

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4. The Battle of Waterloo

A tune now with many different names – Napoleon crossing the Rhine; The Braes of Dunvegin; but perhaps more commonly known as The Battle of Waterloo.   This Post is only available

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5. Aly’s Waltz

A lovely waltz written by Terry Rasmussen from Colorado for the brilliant fiddler from Shetland, Aly Bain.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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6. St Kilda Wedding (A Major)

As promised Tom teaches the St Kilda Wedding in A Major this time utilising the keys on the flute to play a G#.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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7. The Snuff Wife

A four part pipe jig is next on the Intermediate Flute course; one that Tom learned from piper Allan MacDonald and mandolin player Iain MacLeod.   This Post is only available to

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8. Dunrobin Castle

Tom moves onto a great reel, sometimes called ‘Jimmy’s Return’ in Irish circles, but a Scottish tune through and through.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Creativity Extras

Tom focuses on techniques allowing the flautist to add creativity and individuality that will help the intermediate player develop to the advanced level.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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