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The Low Whistle Book

All you need to know about how to play the low whistle, featuring ornamentation, history and fantastic tunes. The Low Whistle Book including CD by Steáfán Hannigan and David Ledsam. The world's best-selling tutor method for the traditional Tenor D Whistle – 'The. The Low Whistle Book by Steafan Hannigan, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

Sample of music played on key of D metal tin whistle with plastic fipple. Problems playing these files? See media help. The most common whistles today are made of brass tubing, or nickel plated brass tubing, with a plastic fipple mouthpiece. The next most common form is the conical sheet metal whistle with a wooden stop in the wide end to form the fipple, the Clarke's brand being the most prevalent. Other less common variants are the all-metal whistle, the PVC whistle, the Flanna square holed whistle, and the wooden whistle. Gaining popularity as a folk instrument in the early 19th century in the Celtic music revivals, penny whistles now play an integral part of several folk traditions. The tin whistle is a good starting instrument to learn the uilleann pipes, which has similar finger technique, range of notes and repertoire. The tin whistle is the most popular instrument in Irish traditional music today. These companies are typically either a single individual or a very small group of craftsmen who work closely together.

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Skye Boat Song. South Wind. Spikes Lane. The Blue Remembered Hills. The Butterfly. The Drunken Gauger. The Gold Ring. Whistles in this category are likely to be made of metal or plastic tubing, sometimes with a tuning-slide head, and are almost always referred to as low whistles but sometimes called concert whistles.

The low whistle operates on identical principles to the standard whistles, but musicians in the tradition may consider it a separate instrument. The term soprano whistle is sometimes used for the higher-pitched whistles when it is necessary to distinguish them from low whistles. Fingering and range[ edit ] Young man demonstrating the use of a tin whistle. Holes are typically covered with the pads of the fingers, but some players, particularly when negotiating the larger holes and spacing in low whistles , may employ the "piper's grip".

With all the holes closed, the whistle generates its lowest note, the tonic of a major scale. Successively opening holes from the bottom upward produces the rest of the notes of the scale in sequence: with the lowest hole open it generates the second, with the lowest two holes open, it produces the third and so on.

With all six holes open, it produces the seventh. As with a number of woodwind instruments, the tin whistle's second and higher registers are achieved by increasing the air velocity into the ducted flue windway.

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See overblowing. Recorders perform this by "pinching" open the dorsal thumb hole. This makes available another major scale F on a C whistle, G on a D whistle.

The standard range of the whistle is two octaves.

It is possible to make sounds above this range, by blowing with sufficient force, but, in most musical contexts, the result will be loud and out of tune due to a cylindrical bore.

Ornamentation[ edit ] Traditional whistle playing uses a number of ornaments to embellish the music, including cuts, strikes and rolls. Most playing is legato with ornaments to create breaks between notes, rather than tongued. The traditional music concept of the word "ornamentation" differs somewhat from that of European classical music in that ornaments are more commonly changes in how a note is articulated rather than the addition of separately-perceived notes to the piece.

For example, a player playing a low D on a D whistle can cut the note by very briefly lifting the first finger of his or her lower hand. This causes the pitch to briefly shift upward. The cut can be performed either at the very start of the note or after the note has begun to sound; some people call the latter a "double cut" or a "mid-note cut.

For example, if a player is playing a low E on a D whistle the player could tap by quickly lowering and raising his or her bottom finger. Both cuts and taps are essentially instantaneous; the listener should not perceive them as separate notes. Rolls A roll is a note with first a cut and then a strike. Alternatively, a roll can be considered as a group of notes of identical pitch and duration with different articulations. The short roll is a group of two slurred notes of equal pitch and duration, the first sounded with a cut and the second sounded with a strike.

Cranns Cranns or crans are ornaments borrowed from the Uilleann piping tradition. They are similar to rolls except that only cuts are used, not taps or strikes.

On the tin whistle they are generally only used for notes where a roll is impossible, such as the lowest note of the instrument. Slides Slides are similar to portamentos in classical music; a note below or above usually below the intended note is fingered, and then the fingering is gradually shifted in order to smoothly raise or lower the pitch to the intended note.

The slide is generally a longer duration ornament than, for example, the cut or the tap and the listener should perceive the pitch changing. Tonguing Tonguing is used sparingly as a means of emphasizing certain notes, such as the first note in a tune.

Tin whistle players usually do not tongue most notes. To tongue a note a player briefly touches their tongue to the front of the roof of the mouth at the start of the note as if articulating a 't' , creating a percussive attack.

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