Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Mid-Atlantic Region


Rhythm and Phrasing Boot Camp by midatlanticcce
May 5, 2009, 2:42 pm
Filed under: Classes / Lessons / Education, NYC, Workshop

Rhythm and Phrasing Boot Camp for Flute, Tin Whistle and Other Instruments

Sunday, May 17 from 1 to 5 PM.

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51 Street
New York, NY 10019

If you take only one master class ever, this is the one to sign up for. Why? Because as the saying goes, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing.” And this class will teach you how to get your Irish groove on. Learn the secrets of the lilt, that magical quality that gives Irish music its unique charm and buoyancy. Learn where and how to accent. Learn where to breath while maintaining the flow of the tune. Learn how to take a tune from any recording and play it in fifteen minutes. Learn how to take a tune off the printed page and make it come alive. Learn the secrets of playing for dancing. Learn about root-pedaling, the punch-and-drive style, offbeat emphasis, and more. While the class is designed primarily for tin whistle and flute players (Boehm system included), players of other instruments are welcome to join. The class is open to anyone who can play Irish dance tunes at a moderate pace and would like to improve his or her rhythm and phrasing. Bring your instrument and a notebook. A recording device such as a tape, digital or mini-disc recorder is also highly recommended.

The class fee is $45. IAC members, teachers and seniors receive a $5 discount. If you are interested, please register early as space is limited.

To register, contact Rachael at The Irish Arts Center: 212-757-3318, ext. 209, 10 AM to 6 PM, Monday to Friday, or rachael@irishartscenter.org. For questions about the workshop, please contact me at 212-247-3231 or billochs@pennywhistle.com.

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