The Tin Whistle is a musical instrument possessing two special qualities: it is the cheapest and it's the simplest. However, don't be misled into thinking that it's barely more than a toy, or that it is inferior or a second-rate instrument. On the contrary, despite its cheapness and its easiness for beginners, the tin whistle is a full-blooded musical instrument, capable of music of a quality often unsurpassed by far more eminent instruments.
In spite of this, the majority of people who acquire a tin whistle have only modest aims in viewÉindeed, most just buy on a passing whim; others, perhaps, receive a whistle as a gift. For whatever reason, everyone who obtains a tin whistle and experiences a surge of enthusiasm is a potential player. Sadly, far too many of these potential players are unable to fulfil their initial expectations. Their enthusiasm fades and dies and their will to play is lost forever.
Ask yourself these questions:
1 Are you a potential whistle player?
2 Do you want to succeed?
If your answers are yes, then you shouldn't delay. You should use one or more of these books while that first spark glows. They will grab, nurture and enflame your enthusiasm, leaving you well and truly hooked. They have been carefully designed to substantially increase your chances of success.
By the use of a carefully formulated six-point plan, the books set out to:
Produce instant results - the special whistle tablature means you are able to play the tunes right from the word go!
Sustain interest - the titles in the books have been carefully chosen to make sure that most people are familiar with most of the tunes. Thus, your attention will be held throughout the initial vulnerable period of learning and you can build up a reasonably sized repertoire quickly.
Introduce traditional music - the kind of music 'the whistle does best'. A few hand-picked traditional tunes have been included, to get you started on the 'real journey'.
Promote enjoyment - the inclusion of words* and guitar chords and the encouragement to play with others will give you the chance to realise just how much fun music really is.
Stimulate learning - illustrations are included in the books which will focus your attention on the information which they surround. This will increase your chances of learning at least some of the playing hints and the music theory that the books provide.
Encourage further research - although instructions in the books have been kept to a minimum and as simple as possible, just a smattering of advanced information has been included, to inspire you to learn more.
Pick the book - Folk, Popular, Irish or Scottish - in which you know most tunes. Every single note is shown by a special whistle tablature as well as conventional notation. The instructions are very gently graded and this means many people reach the end of the book. Perfect for individuals and groups, or schools wanting to incorporate traditional music into their curriculum. These tunes are suitable for any melody instrument. Written by Dave Mallinson. All with chords, illustrations, rudiments of music and chord charts.
Skip to my Lou
New York Girls
Black Velvet Band
The Leaving of Liverpool
Fathom the Bowl
All for me Grog
The Old Woman from Wexford
Whiskey in the Jar
Home, Boys, Home
Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye
Love is Teasing Maggie May
Who's the Fu' Now?
Speed the Plough
Instant Tin Whistle Folk Book - Dave Mallinson
One of a series of 4 books designed to help you play the tin whistle immediately using special whistle tablature. Pick any tin whistle, D is ideal, and choose the book containing tunes that you are most familiar with, Folk, Popular, Irish or Scottish.
The lessons in these 4 books are realistically and steadily graded so as not to over-stretch the student. Difficult traditional dances tunes, music particularly suited to the tin whistle, is introduced only on the last few pages to give a taster of things to come.
Extensive use of illustrations is included in these 4 books in order to make learning less daunting and to focus attention on the information they surround. New information is introduced only slowly so you can concentrate on building repertoire.
Guitar chords and words are included to encourage you to play with others which will give great enjoyment. This in turn will inspire you to greater effort giving even greater enjoyment and so the upward spiral of your musical journey begins.