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Author: Grey Larsen
Format: Book with Audio, Video, PDF Supplement Online
Instrumentation: Tin Whistle
Level: Beginning-Intermediate

The tin whistle has an alluring voice - yearning, melancholy, joyous, playful - both youthful and ancient. Its music can sound like wind, birdsong, flowing water. With this book, you can learn to make beautiful whistle music:

  • even if you've never played a musical instrument
  • even if you don't read music
  • no matter how young or old you are

First Lessons Tin Whistle is for beginners and for those who have tried to play the whistle (also known as a pennywhistle) but need more help. This book leaves no stone unturned, offering valuable insights and detailed instruction you won't find anywhere else - expert guidance that will smooth your way and steer you clear of the pitfalls newcomers often encounter. In addition to music notation, this book offers two highly accessible alternatives:

  • A much-improved tablature system
  • Suit Code - a new and inventive fingering shorthand using the suits of the deck of cards

With this book youll get:

  • Access to audio and video downloads
  • 23 tunes from Irish, Scottish, Northumbrian, Welsh, English, Breton and African American traditions, along with melodies from Beethoven and Dvorak
  • An introduction to Irish tin whistle ornamentation

Grey Larsen is a master musician who performs and teaches internationally. He has played the whistle since the 1970's and has written nine books, including the best-seller The Essential Guide to Irish Flute and Tin Whistle. The author recommends using a tin whistle in the key of D with this book.

  • Welcome!
  • Making the Best Use of This Book
  • Further Offerings
  • What Is a Tin Whistle?
  • Acquiring a Tin Whistle
  • Anatomy of the Tin Whistle
  • Let's Make Some Sound
  • Whistle-Friendly Notes and Scales
  • The Names of the Notes
  • The Relaxed Whistle Hold
  • Why Use the Left Hand as the Top Hand?
  • Seven Steps to Finding Your Personal Whistle Hold
  • Alternatives to the Bottom Hand Pinky Anchor Point
  • Training Your Bottom Hand Pinky Using a Rubber Band
  • Resting Position for the Fingers, and Economy of Motion
  • Tin Whistle Embouchure
  • Clearing the Windway
  • Breathing and Posture
  • Tuning the Whistle
  • Using Your Tongue
  • Conjunct and Disjunct Tonguing: Connected and Disconnected Notes
  • Tonguing a Low-Register Cs
  • Exploring Air Speed and Pressure
  • Try Disjunct Tonguing
  • Try Conjunct Tonguing
  • Playing a Low-Register B
  • Exploring the Extreme Low End of the Air Speed Range
  • Exploring the Extreme High End of the Air Speed Range
  • How Do We Increase Air Speed?
  • Vibrato
  • Two Groups of Three Holes, and the Fingering Patterns We Use
  • Suit Code: A New Shorthand for Tin Whistle Fingerings
  • Hot Cross Buns, in A major
  • Minimizing Finger Movement
  • Why Is It So Important to Memorize Fingerings and Note Names?
  • Merrily We Roll Along, in Two Keys
  • Finding and Sealing Finger Hole Air Leaks
  • Feel the Buzz
  • Hot Cross Buns, in G major
  • Tin Whistle Tablature
  • Shady Hollow
  • Learn Your Fingerings by Heart
  • Practicing
  • Lonely Island
  • Introducing High-Register Notes
  • Lonely Peaks and Valleys
  • Introducing Bottom Hand Fingering with the Note Fs
  • Adding Standard Music Notation and Introducing Slurs
  • Smooth Sailing
  • Found a Penny on the Road
  • Introducing the Note E
  • An Dro
  • Introducing the Note D
  • Two Fingerings for High D
  • Largo from Dvorak's Ninth Symphony
  • The Spade, At Last
  • A Deeper Look at Tuning the Whistle
  • Moving Groups of Fingers, and "Crossing the Break"
  • Introducing the Note Cn
  • Joy to the World
  • Ode to Joy
  • Using the Two High D Fingerings
  • A Fingering Chart
  • The Londonderry Air/Danny Boy
  • Letting Go of Suit Code
  • Bonnie at Morn
  • Letting Go of Tablature
  • Morning Has Broken
  • Amazing Grace
  • Scarborough Fair
  • Simple Gifts
  • All the Pretty Little Horses
  • An Introduction to Irish Tin Whistle and Flute Ornamentation
  • We Shall Overcome
  • Star of the County Down
  • The High Caul Cap
  • The Leitrim Fancy
  • Collections of Easy Tunes for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute
  • Continuing Your Journey


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