Since December of 2020, I've been teaching free, tip-supported, Tin Whistle workshops on Zoom.
"Tin Whistle Geekfest"
Thursday, April 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM Pacific Time
No agenda, just an opportunity to meet other whistle players and have some tunes.
I would consider these workshops intermediate level, but newer players may certainly benefit from the workshop.
It would be ideal if you already can play some tunes on the instrument and have at least some basic understanding of ornamentation on the whistle.
I have no fixed agenda. I tailor the workshops week-to-week based on the needs and requests of the participants.
I can play tunes you request, go over my approach to ornamentation and variation, address any specific challenges you might have, whatever the participants would be interested in.
Zoom Meeting Link
Here’s the Zoom meeting info for the workshops:
Click here to join the Zoom session:
Meeting ID: 619 368 1854
If you find my workshop or handouts useful, please considertossing a few bucks into one of my virtual tip jars:
Previous Workshop Handouts
If you have any questions, please email me at:
"Thank you for hosting the Whistle Workshop earlier this week on Monday evening. It was a delight!
The educator in me wants to over-analyze everything you did that set us up for success together, and provide feedback. I really appreciated how smoothly you led the group and facilitated great thinking for each of us and all of us at the same time. Thank you for taking the (important) time to let us get to know each other a bit in the beginning, that helped remove a lot of the pressure or nerves for participating in an online forum.
You lead us through a great balance of playing/listening, as well as philosophical conversations regarding playing, sessions, etc. And, you honored the journey that each of us is on, while also acknowledging none of us is ever at the end—modeling a humble and healthy growth mindset. As I mentioned, I trained classically at a Conservatory, and the politics of that environment is in such stark contrast to my experiences so far in the folk music community—and a welcome and warm contrast! The conversational nature of your workshop felt appropriate as a coming together of minds to celebrate and enjoy Irish trad music and whistle techniques. I am grateful for the experience, and would be interested in attending a future event.
"Thank you so much for the masterclass!
I really enjoyed it and find your humility refreshing. I learned a lot.
Would love to do some lessons with you if you have availability. I’m planning to join the session tomorrow night as well.
- David Renfro