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First Lessons Tin Whistle

By Grey E. Larsen

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Tin whistle - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Grey E. Larsen. Saddle-stitched. First Lessons. Folk. Book and online audio/video/pdf. 40 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #30043M. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.30043M).

Item Number: MB.30043M

ISBN 9781513462820. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

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 instrumenteven if you don’t read musicno matter how young or old you areFirst 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 systemSuit Code — a new and inventive fingering shorthand using the suits of the deck of cards With this book you’ll get:Access to audio and video downloads23 tunes from Irish, Scottish, Northumbrian, Welsh, English, Breton and African American traditions, along with melodies from Beethoven and DvorákAn introduction to Irish tin whistle ornamentationGrey 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 
  • Letas 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 
  • 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 Dvora!Kas Ninth Symphony 
  • The Spade, At Last 
  • A Deeper Look At Tuning The Whistle 
  • Moving Groups Of Fingers, And Acrossing The Breaka 
  • 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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