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
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.
Course Syllabus & Structure
|Technique Toolkit||25m 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 Wife||22m 52s|
|Dunrobin Castle||27m 41s|
|Creativity Extras||22m 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.