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How to Play Oh When the Saints on the Fife - Live Tutorial



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hi guys welcome to basics the series

that teaches you how to play the basics

today we'll be looking at their famous

classic or when the saints go marching

so let's get to the life as I was saying

before when you watch these tutorials

like me trying to play the 5 try to

understand or just remember keep in mind

I do not play the five but I have to get

out the fingering for it and or at least

I believe I have and so that's what

we're really looking at okay so the

first thing about the fact that you'll

notice is actually getting it to make a

noise is hard if you by if I don't

expect to be able to play it straight

away

you can't play it like this that just

blows spit out the other end you notice

the holes are kind of similar to a

recorders in all my comments go yeah um

yeah this it was really hard to me ages

to be able to produce the sound and I'm

pretty sure that I'm not even going to

be able to produce a sound for most of

this tutorial it is kind of similar to a

recorder and there it has seven holes

recorder has the extra two there and the

extra two there though like the recorder

it has this hole at the back now my

friend here can probably tell me what

that hole in the backs for because on

the recorder it controls the pitch I

found that on the Fife I don't need to

use the hole to control the pitch so

it's left me wondering what it's for so

I think it is easier to get the higher

pitch when you pinch the hole on the

back like with the recorder but most of

the time I find it easier just to get

the higher pitch just by blowing a bit

harder so I don't know if that's right

but let's see so if you can play the

recorder you will be able to play the

Fife in some ways is probably pointless

me making extra tutorials for the fire

but

being said there to get it to make a

noise is going to be your first hurdle

so you kind of want to hold it much the

same way as a recorder with the these

four fingers covering the bottom four

holes and these three fingers covering

the top three and your thumb on the back

obviously you're not holding it like

this you're holding like this you're

gonna get sore arms because or sore

fingers because you do the noise you

just have to practice until it hurts

it's true so you sort of press your lip

against this bit and then blow like

create a sort of thing where you're

blowing in and just keep doing it until

you get that right spot you know yeah

then you find the spot and it's all okay

to quote the great musician okay so we

want to cover holes 1 to 7 with fingers

1 to 7 and blow once then we're gonna

cover holes 1 to 5 with fingers 1 to 5

and blow once we're gonna cover holes 1

to 4 with fingers 1 to 4 and blow once

now this is actually where it's a little

bit different from the recorder because

I find it what they recorded there to

get that ear that I have to cover holes

1 2 4 and put my six finger over the

hole 6 to get to get the right note but

I find with the by it's actually not

like that it's that's perfect if I think

either that or unturned in any way so

def not death ok so come holes 1 2 3

with fingers 1 2 3

okay and blow like that now second sorry

the next four notes the same as the last

one notes we want to cover holes one to

seven with fingers one to seven and blow

once then we're gonna cover holes one to

five with fingers one two five and blow

once and then we're gonna cover holes

one to four with fingers one two four

and blow once I just lost somebody's

list a viewer again and then we're gonna

cover holes one two three with fingers

one two three and blow again alright I'm

just gonna give it a little shake

because it's just full of spit haha

stopping and starting like that has to

be the hardest it is okay so now we're

going to go to phrase to see e f g ec e

D okay we're gonna cover holes one to

seven with fingers one to seven and blow

once and then holes one to five with

fingers one two five and blow once and

then holds one to four with fingers one

two four and blow once and then we're

gonna cover holes one two three with

fingers one two three and blow once then

we're gonna cover holes one to five with

fingers one two five and blow once and

then we're gonna cover holes one to

seven with fingers one to seven and blow

once and then we're gonna cover holes

one two five fingers one two five and

blow once

and then we're gonna cover holes 1 to 6

with fingers 1 to 6 and blow once

okay so mm-hmm put all that together and

practice that and see you wound up with

something that sounds like this

okay got it good okay now let's move on

to phrase 3 just so you know this is a

oh my gosh this bit all over my computer

it's disgusting and what did I just do

ok sorry this I just for the record this

bike is a Yamaha oh look it's bent front

ok anyway so this is a Yamaha and it's I

think it's made out of some sort of well

it's made out of some sort of plastic

I've got no experience on any other ones

this is I mean when I say cheap it was

one of the cheaper ones that I could buy

and you know I found it to be quite good

so I imagine there's probably wouldn't

ones and steel ones but yeah anyway but

this is a good one to start whether I

find ok so let's move on to phase 3 I

don't have too much longer to go I've

got a pile of washing to fold so phrase

number three

EDC see eg hang on ah

EDC see eg ggf cool so we're going to

cover holes 1 to 5 with fingers 1 to 5

and blow once and then we're gonna cover

holes 1 to 6 with fingers 1 to 6 and

blow once we're gonna cover holes 1 to 7

with fingers 1 to 7 and blow once

actually we gonna play twice okay we're

gonna cover holes one to five with the

fingers one to five again and blow once

now we're gonna cover holes one two

three with fingers one two three and

blow three times and then we're going to

cover holes or one to fall with fingers

one two four and blow once okay and then

we're going to practice this until we

end up with something that sounds kind

of like this another point I'd like to

say is kind of I don't know if this is

what normal five players do but I know

where they were a quarter I'll just get

my recorder out to illustrate this you

can blow in a recorder but its record is

the worst sound it's one of those

instruments that if you don't play well

to play at all at least that's what my

wife would tell me okay now when you are

blowing in a recorder they say to

imagine that you're saying the letter D

when you're pushing the air into it you

go duh duh

rather you're not going when you're

playing you're going anyway

I kind of have picked up the habit

because I've been mucking around with

the recorder I've picked up the habit of

doing the same with this so when I'm

going in this I'm actually clicking like

I'm spinning all over my computer that's

what I'm doing okay

I so I'm actually kind of going like

that sorry that's that's how I'm doing

anyway we want to do EFG ECDC

I love penny whistles okay anyway five

blow into five Oh finger fingers one two

five on holes one two five

mm-hm and then fingers wonderful on

holes wonderful then fingers one two

three on holes one two three the fingers

one two five on holes one two five the

fingers one two seven on holes 1 2 7

then fingers one two six on holes 1 2 6

and then fingers one two seven on holes

1 2 7

all right so put that together and

practice that until you end up with

something that sounds like this now

let's try putting the whole thing

together all the phrases it's funny

because somebody doesn't play the 5 I've

done better on this than I did with my

chromatic tutorial anyway something like

that anyway

anyway so if you want to play that on a

higher pitch but the fingering is

exactly the same like I was talking

about earlier like a recorder you just

sort of pinch the hole at the back and

get the you know when you see so that's

the upper seat though that's the see our

hopped up high and this is a C an octave

lower you you can actually get that

higher pitch just by changing the way

you're blowing or blowing a bit harder

or we yeah so to speak but just like in

the pennywhistle but it's probably a bad

habit any other five player watching

this will go this guy doesn't nobodies

took it at that so yeah you can play on

the high register so thank you for

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