The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox


Book + Online Audio

(All Levels)

All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish music. Includes an “Orientation to Traditional Irish Music”, which puts the music in context, with information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the historical roots of whistle playing, and advice for learning by ear.

The book is full of thorough instruction, exercises, and musical examples: from holding, fingering, breathing, and blowing, on up to advanced ornamentation, phrasing, and variations. Features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method. Also includes history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don’t read music, almost all the exercises and examples appear on the companion audio. Includes access to online audio.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • SECTION 1: First Matters
    • CHAPTER 1: Orientation to Traditional Irish Music for Tin Whistle Players
    • CHAPTER 2: A Brief Look into the History and Development of the Tin Whistle
    • CHAPTER 3: Holding and Blowing the Tin Whistle
    • CHAPTER 4: On Practice
    • CHAPTER 5: Getting Comfortable with Fingering
    • CHAPTER 6: The Language Analogy
  • SECTION 2: Ornamentation
    • Introduction to Ornamentation
    • CHAPTER 7: Cuts
    • CHAPTER 8: Strikes
    • CHAPTER 9: Slides
    • CHAPTER 10: Long Rolls
    • CHAPTER 11: Short Rolls
  • SECTION 3: Tonguing, Phrasing, and Use of the Breath
    • CHAPTER 12: Tonguing
    • CHAPTER 13: Musical Breathing
  • SECTION 4: Final Matters
    • CHAPTER 14: The Language Analogy Revisited
    • CHAPTER 15: Practice Revisited, and Some Thoughts on “Muscle Memory”
    • Appendix A: Fingering Chart
    • Appendix B: Contents of the Companion CD
    • Index of Tune Titles
    • General Index


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