I am looking for someone who can teach me to play traditional
Irish music on the tin whistle. I live in El Cerrito, so ideally
this person wouldn't be too far from there.
I am referring you to a wonderful man and talented Irish Musician
here in the East Bay. Shay Black can be seen regularly.
Here is his email
web site http://www.black-brothers.com/
and check out his version of
Barack Obama is Irish
Shay Black: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADUQWKoVek
I hope you have a chance to meet him. Do write him and ask him for a
referral to a teacher of your liking.
I'd definitely start with A Cheerfull Noyse, at 1228 Solano Ave. in
Albany. It's near 5 Little Monkeys. They are a ''community music
store'' and specialize in Irish music...
I am an adult with no musical experience except singing in the
shower. I would love to learn to play some Irish or Celtic
music. Does anyone have suggestions for an instructor who
teaches adult beginners?
Kids are a little older, I'm getting a life!
There are probably many people around who can teach you flute
and Irish pennywhistle. If you already play flute and want to
learn Irish tunes, I'd recommend the Sunday and Monday night
sessions at the Starry Plough in South Berkeley. You will be
blown away by how much the regulars know.
At the Irish Music session every Sunday (8.15) at the Starry
Plough Pub on Shadduck in Berkeley there are a number of flute
players, tin whistle players, and lots of other
instrumentalists. It is an open session and musicians and
singers at every skill level are invited, including children.
They play medium to fast, but they welcome people bringing tape
recorders with them to record and learn the tunes. The best
recorders are the little dictaphone cassettes that allow you to
play back at half speed, so you can hear the nuances, but any
recording device works.
If you want good flute teachers, try Kris Willitts in Berkeley
In Albany there is Chris Caswell at 527-3737. Chris also
teaches Celtic Harp, Scottish bagpipes, Celtic percussion
(bodhran, etc.), pennywhistle, and vocal production.
Good luck, and have fun.
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