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Dancing the Irish jig. by Vassantha Dancing the Irish jig. by Vassantha
Tribute to Irish music and dancing :)
I adore Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Celtic Women and the rest, I even bought a low D whistle last month (still haven't received it T_T). Anyone have some tips to play the whistle ???
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:iconpeteseeger:
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Writer
Here's to the Chieftains! Fifty years together and may God give another fifty more!
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I love the Chieftains !
I hope they will go on playing good celtic music for a looong time :).
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PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Writer
La la la la 
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Spazzygamergirl Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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FreyjaDragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
As a step dancer, I love this picture. Her outfit is reminiscent of old time step dancing dresses. I like you work here because the colors and design are so lovely. I would totally where that! Also props for shamrocks in the hair.
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you ^^. I got inspired by the Riverdance show for some elements and invented the rest :).
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SereneCyrene Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Hello, your work has been featured here! :shamrock: [link]
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Thank you so much for the feature !
I can't wait to celebrate St. Patrick with some good old celtic music ^^.
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SereneCyrene Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Me neither! I always spend St. Patrick's Day watching Riverdance. ^_^
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ichigo2134 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Love this picture! Ive danced for many years and love it :)

Low whistles are (Ive Heard) harder to play than regular whistles. I myself do not have a low whistle but do have a regular one in D (actually I have 3!) They are a joy to play and I always find myself being asked to play for others :) As far as playing a regular tin whistle goes, its fairly easy, especially if you have previous music experience. There are many good tutorials on youtube.
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Thank you !
I can play the low whistle now, with the right hands position (piper grip) ^^.
But I still have some difficulties to handle my breath (my new alloy low whistle requires much more air that my previous plastic one). So I really enjoy coming back to my old tin whistles when I'm too exhausted XD.
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Sebastianthesilent Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I don't have any tips on playing the whistle, but I do enjoy dancing the Irish Jig and love to see pictures of it. Thank you for posting this it is a beautiful work.
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Thank you !
I'm a terrible dancer, but I love the Irish rhythms :).
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Sebastianthesilent Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Ok thank you again for posting the picture
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013   General Artist
Hello! You have been featured on my page as part of my daily features project. Have a good day! :huggle:
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Thank you so much !!
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Endorell-Taelos Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Sun-like-Rain Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done :)
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TheLopsidedGhillie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
tips!
it's really easy ^_^
also, just play the first octave for awhile, then move up and do more
when you play a new song, play it reeeeeaaaalllllllyyyyy slow until you can play through without messing up, then play faster until you get up to the speed you want
sometimes you'll feel like you need to blow harder, that airs not getting through, and that notes aren't coming out at all right, blow softer, if this doesn't work, you've got a spit build up and it's time for a clean-up
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011
Thank you very much for the tips !
I can play nice tunes now, but I still have difficulties to manage my breath correctly (I'm quickly short of breath...).
I'm also having fun trying ornementations (slurs, rolls, etc) ^^. I like how they give each tune their "Irish" touch :).
Too bad I can't play for the moment (I have a cold :().
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AviAngel-Flycir Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Me three!
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jivaeri Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
me too!
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riversong22 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Student Photographer
Lovely picture! And I agree, as yet another Irish dancer who has seen this and liked it, it does portray the spirit of the dance!
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Thank you so much :hug:. I feel very honoured to have comments from real Irish dancers :).
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lutany92 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I have no clue... but I irish dance(even though im not irish)
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pochychan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is so beautiful :)
I love those groups too :)
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CaoimheFraney Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I was little my mom took me to see Riverdance, it's insane!!! Isn't it amazing!!!
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Wow you saw it in live! You're so lucky ^^! I saw it on DVD but it was a revelation for me :).
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CaoimheFraney Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was little, but yeah I got to see them live! It is sooo amazing to see such dancing and such skill.:nod:
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
BEAUTIFUL WORK, MA'AM.
WHAT TYPE OF JIG IS SHE DOING? A LIGHT JIG, SINGLE JIG, TREBBLE JIG, SLIP JIG, OR BLACKBIRD?
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Thank you very much :).
I don't really know the differences between those various jigs but I think the ones I play on my whistle are slip jigs, so let's say she's dancing a slip jig ^^
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RIVERKING Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
COOL!
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bcbdrums Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
bodhran :D :+fav:
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I love celtic music! I have the whistle but no bodhran, i want ooooone!
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bcbdrums Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
me too! i've played one...:D
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Rin-89 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Good luck with your practicing!
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Rin-89 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Hey, it's great to see some Irish dance art! I'm an Irish dancer, too. Thank you!
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Wow you're so lucky, I wish I was able to dance like that too! But I really suck at dancing so I play music instead XD. But I still need a lot of practise to play my low whistle correctly though :).
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PhotoshopCS2DOWNLOAD Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
I clicked this and my first thought was: She's got turnout! :D

I'm an Irish dancer (NOT a Riverdancer, though I highly respect the show and Michael Flatley) so I immediately thought this captured the essence of the dance. Very nice, accurate job! +fave! 8D
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Thank you very much :)
I'm not a specialist of dancing, so I was afraid there would be mistakes ^^
I'm so happy that a real Irish dancer saw my humble artwork! There are absolutely no Irish dancing where I live, so shows such as Riverdance is the only way for me to enjoy beautiful Irish dancing and music!
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No problem! :D

And I think it's an awesome portrayal of Irish dance as it really is, curly hair and all. C:

Thanks, by the way, for complimenting our dance so much! It's an honor to have people really enjoy what we do. <3
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Godshorsegirl Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
I thought of Riverdance the moment I saw this! It is a beautiful picture. If I had money I would by a large print of it! Did ou use watercolor?
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
Thank you! Yes, I used watercolor :)
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shenaku Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow did you think this up yourself? or did you look at a picture to do it like?. it's so good the details and colors are so great it's fantastic :D
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Thank you! I just had a screencap of a dancer from the Riverdance show for the pose. And of course, the background is inspired from traditionnal Irish landscapes ^^
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Fleagirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Very nice!

And here is an important tip for playing the whistle:
Don't not blow too hard into. Nice and easy. Keep in controlled and it will sound better. XD
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Vassantha Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Thank you so much for the advice :hug:.
I now have a Dixon Low D. I like its low and warm sound so much :). The piper fingering was hard at first but I'm getting used to it.
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kingbearjr Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
Nice pic, it's beautiful.
I like the color. It balanced out everything well.
simply attractive ^^
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