Lesl Harker teaches and plays the Irish flute and tin whistle.
All lessons are currently virtual. No driving! Skype, Zoom, and Facetime.
Stay well. Practice more!
____Coronavirus guidelines for flute players:___
Recently I've seen a few online publications with coronavirus guidelines for flute players. Here they are (the 2 links go to to my cloud storage, you can download them).
First up is an excerpt from the Irish government's guidelines for chorus singers, brass and wind instruments. This link
I have heard that sessions which are now beginning to open up in Ireland are excluding flute and whistle players. This fifing document explains why and is really a key document for us. Please read!!
When we play a flute, air splits along the blowing edge and not only goes in, but also comes out in front of your flute, as well as out any open finger holes and the foot of the flute. I've seen 2 items that lessen the impact of our speeding breath while playing. They don't take into account air coming out the tone holes or the foot, but are certainly much better than nothing.
One is the "win d fender", designed to shield the player's blowing edge from wind. Conversely it shields other from the air blown out of the mouth hole. https://win-d-fender.com/product/win-d-fender/
Another is a more recent and free 'flute mask', made like a coronavirus mask with an extended section to go over the mouth area. Here's the link, along with a great post from excellent flute player Shannon Heaton:
I hope some of this is useful to you and yours. Stay safe, practice more!
click for 2019-20 workshop tunes
March 8th, 2020 Tunes of Old East Galway at the Summit Library with Lesl and Jerry
For my students: (students' intro tunes at this link)
Congrats to Charlie S., Dianne R. and Suzanne M. on their 2019 apprenticeship awards !
Past workshop tunes and notation are linked on the repertoire page
Need assistance with posted tunes, or otherwise? Schedule a lesson!
Lesl is in the NJ State Arts Council magazine. Read it here
Tips on scheduling your practice sessions on the tips page.
Skype lessons are available: click here for how.
Sessions at Molly Maguire's the first Sunday of most months at 2pm.
Carrying on the musical traditions of old East County Galway, Ireland.