Calum’s begins his intermediate course by teaching a popular gaelic piece written by Farquhar MacCrae for him and his wife. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Increase your repertoire and develop your skills
The Intermediate Whistle course follows on from the Lower Intermediate course and a pre-cursor to the Upper Intermediate course.
Many of the skills learnt in the earlier courses are developed further with lesssons being taught at a slightly faster pace than before.
At this stage in learning, increasing repertoire is a good way to improve technique and increase confidence, so a varied selection of type of tune is included.
Downloadable sheet music is available for every lesson.
Your Tutor - Calum MacCrimmon
Calum MacCrimmon is a whistle player, piper and tutor based in Glasgow. Perhaps best known as a founding member of the multi award winning folk band Breabach, he additionally performs and writes with groups such as Tryst, Man’s Ruin, Grit Orchestra, Seudan and The Unusual Suspects. Calum received a nomination for Composer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012 – revered for tunes such as ‘Knees Up in Hanoi’ and ‘Under the Influence’.
Lessons in Course
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A brilliant tune from Shetland known up and down the land that would sit well following on from Calum’s previous tune in a ‘set’. This Post is only available to subscribed
The next tune on Calum’s course is a gaelic jig called Cailleach a’ Ghobhainn which translates as The Fuss of The Smith’s Wife. This Post is only available to subscribed members.
Calum continues by looking at a popular jig in E minor sometimes called Miss Campbell of Sheerness. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Dòmhnall nan Dòmhnall translates as Donald of the Donalds, a gaelic song with 4 lines in the key of A major that Calum learned from Arthur Cormack. This Post is only
Calum teaches the mouth music version of a lovely gaelic tune Ca’ the Ewes; a reel in G Major. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Calum’s next lesson looks at a 4 part reel written by Dr John McAskill for his wife, Lexy. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
A traditional strathspey that sits somewhere between G major and E minor (the relative minor) is next on Calum’s tunes to be taught. This Post is only available to subscribed members.
Calum looks at another strathspey this time in A Mixolydian, focusing on the particular rhythms that strathspeys utilise. This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login
Calum completes his intermediate course by looking at a song melody known by thousands, probably made most famous by the singing of Andy Stewart. This Post is only available to subscribed