By scrolling down you will find some beginners tunes.

On my "Monthly Tune" page there's much more, mostly advanced level.

This page has music notations, videos and mp3 :  rightclick and use "save target as" if you like.

As you can see, I've used symbols for ornamentation.

My Whistle Basics method teaches how to play and use these ornaments : see "Shop".

These symbols are just a suggestion and show a possible way to play these tunes.

1         2           3          4           5                                 6           7           8          9           10           11            12

Single Ornaments                                                             Compound Ornaments

You can play these embellishments according to your level and taste.

Click this link to learn more :  How to play the Irish Way

Use Windows Media Player to play a  Video or MP3


Penny whistling / Grafton Street Dublin

 Video 1: The Rising of the Moon

Played with tonguing technique.

The use of tonguing technique is overdone here : it is meant as a practice.

In the next video (2) I only play with a constant stream of air ('slurring').

I just want you to experience the two extremes : only tonguing & only slurring.

Of course you need to create a kind of balance between these two ways of using your breath.

This is done in video 3.


 Video 2 : The Rising of the Moon

Played with single cuts and slurring

  Video : How to play single Cuts D-major scale D - C# & C  

 Video 3 : The Rising of the Moon

Played with single cuts and strikes and with a combination of tonguing and slurring

Mp3 : Siobhán ní Dhuibhir = sung by Sean Nos class

 Video : Siobhán ní Dhuibhir played on whistle with single cuts/strikes

 Video : The Foggy Dew 2x

If you like add some more single cuts : on one of the two beats in a measure.

Try to memorize this tune to be able to play it in a more intuitive way.

 Video: The Star of the County Down

Again a simple version to practice a few single ornaments: single cut/strike/short slide
If you can't read music (yet) follow the numbers (playing holes) but the best and simplest way is:
look, listen and imitate.

 Video : Eleanor Plunkett 2x

The rising slide combined with (finger) vibrato is more or less advanced technique.

Vibrato is discussed in chapter 15 of my Whistle Basics method.

In this video I play without it.

Just try to imitate the cuts, strikes and rising slides.

Video 1 : Lord Inchiquin AA : slow

Video 2 : Lord Inchiquin BB : slow

                    Video 3 : Lord Inchiquin 1x AABB : moderate

In video 1 & 2 I play all the ornaments except the (finger) vibrato.

In video 3 I use finger vibrato a few times : can you discover where?

Try to memorize the tune or a part of it and add/choose the ornaments you like.

                         MP3 Kerry Polca Nr 3 : moderate

MP3 AA : moderate

MP3 BB : moderate

I have used track nr 51 from the CD "The Irish Beat Conductor"
You will hear a strong accent on the first beat of every measure.

Click photo for info/demos

Slow down with your media player and try to hear and understand what is happening.

Then start to imitate, memorize and repeat adding some ornaments.

 Video : The Fairies hornpipe AA

 Video : The Fairies hornpipe BB

 Video 1 : Sonny's Mazurka AA : slow

 Video 2 : Sonny's Mazurka BB : slow

Video 3 : Sonny's Mazurka AABB : moderate

Video 1 and 2 represent the notation and its ornaments : you can observe and imitate.
Video 3 is played in a more intuitive way: try to discover the changes.

 Video : Get up old Woman and shake yourself AABB

This jig  can be played fluently with the use of slurring.


MP3 : Slow version of jig Going to the well for water

I have used a percussion track from


This is a basic notation of this slide from

Try to discover what kind of ornaments I play and where I play them.

If it is still too fast sow down with windows media player.


Kitty's Wedding is a nice hornpipe.

Try to play the single cuts and the short roll and maybe you can add some triplets...

Again I have used a percussion-track from the Irish Beat Conductor:

listen and follow the main beat at the beginning of each measure.

The slow and medium versions you hear me play in a metric way: try to play along with these mp3's.

The fast version is played in a more or less free way with so called "dotted notes".

I also play some short D-cranns and a few more triplets and use more tonguing.

If this is like abacadabra to you take a look at my explanation about ornamentation in Irish Trad.

Mp3 A-part slow

Mp3 B-part slow

Mp3 A-part medium tempo

Mp3 B-part medium tempo

Mp3 AABB faster

Brosna Slide 1x : whistle / bodhran / moderate tempo

Try to find where I play some short rolls and long rolls


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