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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000343.txt from 2004/10

From: "James McGlinchey" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Interesting doubles
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:44:13 -0400

The "Guys and Dolls" song I accompanied on a D tin whistle had no
off-scale accidentals. It was scored in the key of D major, and did not
deviate for the D major scale. Yes, being a clarinet play meant I had an
initial hard time with breath control. I was all over the place for a
few rehearsals, but got it under control.

Jim McG.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Delorey []=20
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2004 9:51 AM
Subject: RE: [kl] Interesting doubles

> 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
> 6th note (without half-holing).
> I don't know how many other chromatic notes are possible by
> half-holing.

Tin whistles (AKA penny whistles or just plain Whistles) can play a full

chromatic scale. =A0It requires both half holing as well as some =

fingerings. =A0

> > 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?

I have whistles from a high G above the D whistle down to a D and octave
the D whistle. The D is the most common whistle and is an octave above=20
concert pitch. =A0Most Irish music is in D or G. =A0Like a clarinet I =
one fingering and then transpose. =A0For instance, I play the C whistle
the D and just transpose up a tone when playing a C scale. This may
sound a=20
little convoluted, but familiar for a clarinetist. =A0I have
and low D whistles. =A0

> All of the whistle music that I've seen (beginner books) is written in
> either 1, 2 or 3 sharps.
As well as much of the "advanced" music, jigs, reels, etc. =A0I did =
someone who is a pianist recently. =A0She did not read music but played =
ear. =A0
She was playing eeverything from "Tequila" to (believe it or not) "The
of Spring".

> Stronger breath pushes you up one octave. =A0 A clarinet player needs =
> fight against breathing too hard with a whistle.

I always have to readjust after just playing the clarinet. =A0If I go =
direction I also have trouble remebering which fingering to use for the
register. =A0It is a little easier to go between the Saxophone and =
the same session.
-Jon Delorey

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