Online resources are vital in the modern age and below we have selected three useful online resources for all of our Feadóg fans, customers, and whistle players. You can learn and practice traditional tunes from the resources each with it’s own agenda.
1 – ‘’The Session’’
The Session is a community website dedicated to Irish traditional music. You can find tunes to play, and sessions to play them in, and join discussions about the music. You can also find events (like concerts and festivals) or explore the track listings of recordings.
You can also contribute. If you’re already a member- log in. If you’re not yet a member, membership is totally free, and it only takes a moment to sign up. You can also install ‘’The Session’’ app on your phone when on the go or travelling.
‘’The Session’’ is also home to a large database of tunes, all posted in staff notation. Each tune will have many different settings and variations, giving you a wide range of options to learn from. If you have questions about any aspect of Irish music, search the site and you’ll find multiple answers.
2- ‘’Chiff and Fipple’’
Irish flute online community.
Chiff and Fipple started as a website dedicated to the tin whistle and to traditional Irish music. While it has since expanded to include other instruments, the tin whistle forum is still very active, and full of knowledgeable posters, discussions, and topics about the tin whistle. There are over 15,000 active members on the Chiff and Fipple forum website with many tin whistle topics that you can search and read up on.
3- Ryan Duns’ YouTube Channel
Ryan Duns is a Jesuit priest who also happens to love the Irish tin whistle. He has a large range of videos, including a lot of tutorials on various bits of techniques. If you’re looking to learn a commonly played tune, he probably has a version of it recorded, and may even teach it phrase by phrase.
Ryan Duns created his YouTube channel for the sole intention of teaching the ‘’Introduction to the Irish Tin Whistle’’. He quotes ‘’his heart has been moved by Irish music’’. He found a voice in the tradition of Irish music through years of practice. The goal of these lessons is not to teach you neat tin whistle tricks, it is to help you carve out your own space in a much larger tradition, to claim a voice through which you can express yourself and add to the rich fabric of the tradition.
I believe after visiting these 3 special online resources, you will be inspired to learn how to play our Feadog Whistles even better. So, browse our website and look for the one that suits you. If you are already a player, become a fan by visiting our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and keep hearing other tips other information.
By Nathan Crampton.