By scrolling down you will find some beginners tunes.
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.
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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 intuïtive 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 http://www.thesession.org
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
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