Tin Whistle (penny whistle) players

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  1. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    Got a Clarke tin whistle in D of Christmas. Was finally able to spend some time with it yesterday. I can play some simple songs so far. The most difficult thing is making sure the pads on my fingers cover the holes completely so I don't get squeaks.
    I can see this intrument working with some of the songs my band plays.
    Any other tin whistle players?

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  2. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    I'd hesitate to call myself a player - I'm not that good. But I do have a few I mess around with when the wife isn't around the house. She can't stand them.

    Or maybe it's just my lack of ability.

    Is that a Sweetone?
     
  3. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    I am a total beginner myself. My wife likes it and she is talking about getting one for herself. That would be sweet.
    That one is a Clarke Celtic Tin Whilstle. Just like a Sweetone but with different ornamentation.
    There are lots of great tutorials on Youtube.
     
  4. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    I wanted to get my wife interested but something about the timbre just gets to her. She can take it in small doses or with the people I jam with - trad Celtic.

    She much prefers I play bodhrán.

    I like the Clarke whistles with the wooden plug in the mouthpiece.
     
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  6. Ironbar

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    I got myself one last Christmas as I thought it would be easier than playing the recorder. Wrong again. I just need to stay away from wind instruments. I suck at all of them.
     
  7. BboogieXVII

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    When Michael Flatley's "Lord of the Dance" musical was a big hit back in the late nineties and when the internet was just beginning to blossom this place http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/ was a hot little internet forum for all things tin whistle and Irish music in general.

    I kinda gave penny whistle a go for a couple of years but couldn't really get the feel for the real fancy ornamented stuff that sounds good for solo whistle, so rather than be mediocre I decided to just give up. Oh well.
     
  8. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician Supporting Member

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    Wish I could rip on one...
     
  9. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Supporting Member

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    I have a Jerry Freeman tweaked Bluebird in D, but I've never progressed beyond angry mouse noises.
     
  10. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    Right now I can play Mary Had a Little Lamb and Frere Jacques. ;-)
     
  11. Gazman

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    I definitely can't play, but I jammed once with Vinnie Kilduff in Ireland. He is like the Yngwie Malmsteen of the whistle.

    http://youtu.be/E0387zjeB7Q

    Have fun, greatness beckons.
     
  12. jugglingfreak

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    Oddly enough, Rodney Anonymous of the Dead Milkmen, is quite an excellent penny whistle player.
     
  13. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician Supporting Member

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    Now, that IS interesting.
     
  14. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    Learning the whistle part of "Concerning Hobbits" from The Lord Of The Rings soundtrack. YouTube is a great resource for learning to play a tin whistle I have the first part down.
     
  15. TheFantod

    TheFantod #5 of the Pentaverate. Took Col. Sanders' spot. Supporting Member

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    Ha...you WILL get Tin Whistle GAS if you keep it up.

    My mom gave me one for Xmas many moons ago. I didn't think much of it at the time. Then I actually broke it out and played it for 3 hours straight.

    I could play it almost instantly, because I played the oboe for many years, and the fingerings are mostly the same.

    I have four Tin Whistles now...they're a lot cheaper than basses!

    Listen to some Flogging Molly and Pogues. It will inspire you!

    Congrats!
     
  16. bassinplace

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    Excellent! Keep sheddin'! :bassist:
     

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