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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000277.txt from 2004/10

From: (Ormondtoby Montoya)
Subj: RE: [kl] Interesting doubles
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 00:42:24 -0400

> Deadly serious question: was the tin whistle
> use within music? And if so, it would have to
> be pitched. So what pitches does a tin whistle
> come in?

The tin whistles that you find in a tub for a dollar or two are named
for their lowest note. They have 6 holes and they are played with 3
fingers from each hand. I used to have 6 or 7 of them, each of which
started on a different note. Eager grandchldren have absconded with
all but three of them. The ones that I have left are Bb, C and D. I
believe the lowest one that I had was a G. The D whistle is the most

Each whistle can play the major diatonic scale that begins with its
lowest note, and also it can sharp the 4th note (by half-holing) and the
6th note (without half-holing).

All of the whistle music that I've seen (beginner books) is written in
either 1, 2 or 3 sharps.

I don't know how many other chromatic notes are possible by appropriate

Stronger breath pushes you up one octave. A clarinet player needs to
fight against breathing too hard with a whistle.


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