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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000236.txt from 2004/10

From: X-SA-Exim-Mail-jon@-----.com
Subj: Re: [kl] Flutophones
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 22:52:46 -0400

I just started subscribing to Klarinet again after a long absence. I may have
missed the beginning of this thread, but nobody seems to have mentioned
pennywhistles.

I have been teaching very young people (and old also) to play pennywhistle for
several years now. I find that everyone can pick it up pretty quickly. It
will play two octaves with no problem and three (if your judgment is impaired
at the time :-) ) with a little more effort. There is an enormous repertoire
of music available and it is an instrument that is played professionally
(even the least expensive ones) in Irish music. Learning ornamention, etc.,
can make it a long term challenge (for me anyway). I have even had at least
one student that went on to play the clarinet.

I generally buy either Clarke Sweetone or Clarke Meg pennywhistles which cost
around $3.00 and are easy for beginners to play.

I have flutophones, songflutes, tonettes and recorders but I find the
pennywhistles to be a lot more fun and versatile. Of course, once you are
addicted you can buy them in lots of keys and since they are not two
expensive you can buy lots of them. (I did say addicted.)
-Jon Delorey

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