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Upper Intermediate Whistle

Focusing on technique and embellishments to add colour to your playing

The Upper Intermediate Whistle course is aimed at the more advanced intermediate player who is familiar with playing at speed and is looking to improve their playing by learning new types of gracing, ornaments and embellishments, whilst broadening their repertoire.

Taught on a Low D Whistle this course is most suited to any D whistle, though tips and tricks extend to any whistle.

As always, downloadable sheet music is available.

Course Syllabus & Structure

TitleLesson Length
Crans06m 32s
Vibrato08m 14s
Grace Notes & Strikes09m 14s
Sleeping Tune30m 41s
Sileas19m 47s
Little Bird19m 53s
Jewels of the Ocean22m 10s
Rory Gallagher's17m 58s
Fred's Advice22m 33s
The Road to Errogie17m 39s

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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Ross Ainslie

Your Tutor -

Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member – Salsa CelticaDougie MacleanAli HuttonJarlath HendersonCharlie MckerronTim EdeyHamish Napier, India Alba and has performed with Kate RusbyBlue Rose CodeZakir HussainTrilok GurtuCapercaillieShoogleniftyCarl BaratPaponKarsh KaleFlookBreabachSoumik Datta and Patsy Reid.

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Lesson 1. Crans

Ross begins his course for the Upper Intermediate whistle player by looking at a technique common to trickier pieces – the Cran.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 2. Vibrato

Ross turns his attention to the use of vibrato to add colour and texture to tunes played on the whistle.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 3. Grace Notes & Strikes

Before Ross begins looking at specific tunes in his course, he focuses on grace notes and strikes and the techniques used to play them.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Lesson 4. Sleeping Tune

The brilliant Sleeping Tune by Gordon Duncan is the first piece Ross teaches. Gordon, one of Scotland’s finest tunesmiths, was Ross’s teacher on bagpipes.   This Post is only available to subscribed

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Lesson 5. Sileas

The next piece in Ross’s course is a lovely waltz written by accordionist Dougie Hunter called Sileas.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 6. Little Bird

Ross next looks at a great tune written by his great friend Tim Edey, and possibly one of Ross’s favourites – Little Bird.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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Lesson 7. Jewels of the Ocean

Jewels of the Ocean is next up for Ross; a great waltz written by prolific composer by Allan Macdonald.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 8. Rory Gallagher’s

Ross next teaches a well known jig by Piper Gordon Duncan written for Rory Gallagher who he was very find of.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 9. Fred’s Advice

One of Ross’s own tunes now, written after some words of wisdom from the incredible piper Fred Morrison.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 10. The Road to Errogie

Ross finishes up his Upper Intermediate course with this great reel written by the brilliant Adam Sutherland – The Road to Errogie.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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