Whistle for Improvers

Build Upon Your Whistle Playing Ability

The Whistle for Improvers course is for those players who are able to play simple tunes are and looking to build on their repertoire and technique.

The course is a follow up to the Whistle for Beginners course and looks to enhance those skills already learned.

Well known tunes are taught such as Mairi’s Wedding, alongside gaelic mouth music and ever popular session tunes like Waiting for the Federals.

As always, downloadable sheet music is available.

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Calum MacCrimmon

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 the Course

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Lesson 1. Mairi’s Wedding

Welcome to Calum’s course for improving whistle players. He begins his course with the ever popular Mairi’s Wedding in D Major.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 2. ‘S Iomadh Rud a Chunna Mi

Calum next moves on to a lovely tune from the West of Scotland called ‘S Iomadh Rud a Chunna Mi, which loosely translates as “Many a Thing I Saw.”   This Post

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Lesson 3. The Drunken Piper

The next tune in Calum’s course is the traditional reel The Drunken Piper, often used as the first tune in the dance The Reel of the 51st Division.   This Post is

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Lesson 4. Dark Lowers the Night

Calum now turns his attention to the first tune he has looked at in B Minor; a great Pipe Retreat called Dark Lowers the Night.   This Post is only available to


Lesson 5. The Grinder

The next piece Calum teaches in the improvers’ course is an old jig called The Grinder, focusing on the roll as a technique that can be utilised.   This Post is only

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Lesson 6. The Donegal Lass

Calum continues his course by looking at a jig in A Major called The Donegal Lass written by Brian Finnegan.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login


Lesson 7. Seonaidh’s Tune

The next piece Calum looks at is a strathspey by the famous piper and whistle player Fred Morrison called Seonaidh’s tune.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 8. Leaving Lismore

Calum next turns his attention to the lovely tune Leaving Lismore, taught here as a waltz in the key of A Major.   This Post is only available to subscribed members. Login

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Lesson 9. Och S Duine Truagh Mi

Calum’s next piece is a piece of mouth music called Och S Duine Truagh Mi, which translates as “Oh, what a wretched man I am”.   This Post is only available to

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Lesson 10. Waiting for the Federals

The next lesson in Calum’s course is the very popular “Waiting for the Federals”, a piece played at many a session and ceilidh.   This Post is only available to subscribed members.

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