The Low Whistle Book: Steafan Hannigan, David Ledsam: Books. A low whistle is a tinwhistle or pennywhistle with a six-finger note below B-flat. Focusing on the low D whistle but applicable to all low whistles, this book and CD . Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Low Whistle Book at Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.

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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.

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Please contact us if you need more information. These highlight the characteristic sound of the low whistle and range in difficulty from easy to show off! The enclosed free tutor CD contains 79 tracks, covering approximately the first half of the book.

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Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. 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. The instruments are distinguished from the inexpensive whistles in that each whistle is individually manufactured and "voiced" by a skilled person rather than made in a factory. Whistle keys[ edit ] The whistle is tuned diatonically , which allows it to be used to easily play music in two major keys a perfect fourth apart and the natural minor key and Dorian mode a major second above the lowest note.

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The whistle is identified by its lowest note, which is the tonic of the lower of two major keys whose tonics are a perfect fourth apart that the whistle most easily plays in. Note that this method of determining the key of the instrument is different from the method used to determine the key of a chromatic instrument, which is based on the relationship between notes on a score and sounded pitch.

Whistles are available in a wide variety of different keys.

Since the D major key is lower these whistles are identified as D whistles equivalent to a concert C instrument. The D whistle is the most common choice for Irish and Scottish music.

Although the whistle is essentially a diatonic instrument, it is possible to get notes outside the principal major key of the whistle, either by half-holing partially covering the highest open finger hole or by cross-fingering covering some holes while leaving some higher ones open. However, half-holing is somewhat more difficult to do correctly, and whistles are available in many keys, so for other keys a whistler will typically use a different whistle instead, reserving half-holing for accidentals.

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Some whistle designs allow a single fipple, or mouthpiece, to be used on differently keyed bodies. Main article: Low whistle There are larger whistles, which by virtue of being longer and wider produce tones an octave or in rare cases two octaves lower.

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.

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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.Gan Ainm.

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Often placing a piece of tape over one edge of the fipple slot just below the mouthpiece to narrow the fipple will improve the instrument's tone and playability significantly.

With all six holes open, it produces the seventh. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter. This book can be used by people that have never played the whistle before. We are open Monday to Friday at our head office, and will respond to all calls and emails as quickly as possible! Focusing on the low D whistle but applicable to all low whistles, this book and CD set offers everything one needs to know about how to play the low whistle, including ornamentation, history, and fantastic tunes.

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