The Morning Star
This is the reel "The Morning Star" played on the M&E Rudall & Rose model flute by Michael Cronnolly.
Here is the tune:
Here is the reel with no ornamentation or variation at all: [the basic tune]
Here is the reel with cuts only: [reel with cuts]
Here is the full reel with cuts, rolls, and rhythmic variations: [the reel in session style]
And here is a very slow version so that you can hear precisely how the ornamentation is done: [the slow version]
Off to California
This is the hornpipe "Off to California," played on the Susato SB D tunable whistle.
Here is the tune:
Note that although a hornpipe is notated with straight 8th notes, it is played with a definite swing, almost but not quite a dotted eighth / sixteenth feel.
Here is the plain hornpipe: [the plain tune]
Here I play it with some cuts: [tune with cuts]
Here I play it with cuts and rolls: [tune in full session style]
And here is a very slow version so you can hear how the ornaments are done. Note the long rolls are also in swung rhythm. [slow tune]
The Miller's Maggot
This is the single jig "Miller's Maggot" played on a Generation D whistle.
If you'd like to see the "dots," here they are:
The Basic Tune
Here I play the tune at a comfortable session tempo, with no ornamentation at all.
This actually works pretty well for this tune; single jigs don't require a lot of ornamentation, especially when you are playing in a session.
One simple way to add some lift to the tune is with the ornament known as a "cut," which is a higher note played so briefly that it sounds only as a chirping "blip." The most important thing about cuts is they take no time away from any note; rather than being a true note themselves, they are an articulation, like tonguing.
Here's what the tune sounds like with cuts: [With Cuts].
Another common ornament is a roll, where you subdivide a longer note with first a cut and then a "strike," which is another way to produce a "blip" articulation by "bouncing" a finger or fingers off of a lower note. There are two common forms, a long roll, which is a way to divide a dotted-quarter-note into three eighth notes by playing note-cut-note-strike-note, and a short roll, which divides a quarter note into two eighth notes by playing cut-note-strike-note.
Here's the tune with cuts and some rolls: [With Rolls].
And so you can hear better what's happening, here's the same thing played at a much slower tempo: [Slow Version].
The Cow That Ate the Blanket
This is the double jig "The Cow that Ate the Blanket," also known as "The Cat that Ate the Candle." The whistle is a Walton's Guinness which has had the blade replaced.
If you'd like the "dots," here ya go:
Here's the tune at a normal session tempo: [Just the Tune]
Here's the tune with cuts, which give the tune quite a bit of lift: [The tune with cuts]
Here's the tune with cuts and rolls: [with cuts and rolls]
Finally, here's the same thing played at a much slower tempo, once through the A part, then once through the B part: [slow version]
Oh! the Britches Full of Stitches
This is the polka "Oh! the Britches Full of Stitches" played on a blue-top nickel Generation whistle.
Here are the "dots" for this one:
Here is the tune at a normal session tempo: [the plain tune]
Here's the tune with cuts in place: [tune with cuts]
Here's the full version of the tune with cuts, taps, rolls, and melodic variations: [the tune in full session style]
Here's one time through the full version very slow so you can hear how the ornaments come together: [the slow tune]