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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000252.txt from 2004/10

Subj: [kl] Flutophones
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 12:37:37 -0400

Ken said, "Depending on the key, you can play ALMOST anything on a six-hole
tinwhistle if you figure out cross-fingering for the accidentals: tinwhistles
are happiest in specific keys, D and G come to mind (corrections?). Some
purists think that if you're not playing a chiffy (grainy-sounding) whistle, you're
not being authentic to the tradition. Those whistles include Oak,
Generation, Feadog, Clarke."

Yes, for those who don't know, a D whistle, the most common, is sort of like
a soprano recorder missing the bottom hole. Thus, the bottom note is D, and
the F# and C# are the natural easy notes, when lifting one finger at a time. A
'D' whistle and a soprano recorder are both pitched in C and would read and
sound the same. And of course fiddles like the key of D best.

I have bought my whistles after hearing a good performer and saying to
myself, "Yes! I should be able to do that. (Hah!) I am able to noodle, though.

W Thompson

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