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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:32 pm 
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Hello, all!

First of all, wow - I'm so thrilled to find this forum still in existence. Back in high school, over 15 years ago now, I used this forum and the incredible experts here to teach myself the tin whistle and went through a period of whistle obsession. (Fun anecdote: I even wore my "Chiff and Fipple" t-shirt to a Celtic session when visiting Ireland in 2003!) Since then, my deep love of Irish music has remained but life happens and I haven't played my whistles in years.

The other night, my husband and I went to see a wonderful Irish music group perform (they're called Childsplay and you should check them out!) and it inspired me to reach for my whistles again. But it's been SO LONG I'm not sure how to begin teaching myself again!

I do have a strong background in music, as I started playing piano at age 9 and played competitively for many years, and have also sang in choirs since that age too. BUT - again, it's been many years since I engaged any kind of musical skills!

I'm hoping you friendly folks can help point me in a good direction to re-learn the tin whistle. I know back in the day there were some great resources, but not sure what still exists nowadays.

Thanks in advance, and I look forward to reigniting my whistle passion with you all once more!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:06 pm 
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Well, the first thing you do is buy a whistle, then another........& another, & another, & so on...... :D

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:24 pm 
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Thanks! And, haha - I still have most of my old whistles :) A couple of Elfsongs, a Clarke, a Walton, and I think one or two others. :D


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:24 pm 
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SaraCait wrote:
Thanks! And, haha - I still have most of my old whistles :) A couple of Elfsongs, a Clarke, a Walton, and I think one or two others. :D


Great!

Then stick one of the things in your mouth already and play!

(I hope you remember which end to blow in!)

Anyway, playing the whistle is a lot like riding a bike. You never forget how to fall off.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:38 pm 
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If you feel you could use a teacher and there are none nearby, check out the classes on the Online Academy of Irish Music. There is a fee but it isn't bad. The teaching is very thorough and builds well on itself. Blayne Chastain has lessons online as well but I have not checked them out. A lot of free stuff on youtube is fine but some is awful. Hopefully you will be able to tell the difference if you've been around the music for some time. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:31 am 
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Welcome back. Here are a few valuable sources:
viewtopic.php?p=1207622#p1207622

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... 38B53CC6D4

https://www.youtube.com/user/tradschool/videos

Enjoy your whistling!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:18 am 
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Hello Sara,

Welcome to the club, I played a number of wind/reed instruments and due to a combination of: injury (still ongoing to some extent) a relationship break up (which lead to a change in accommodation where the tooting of pipes was met with great disapproval) and simple apathy (bigger issues going on all all that) I've had a very long break from playing.

Started back on whistle a few months ago, Bb Gens initially but I've since acquired a couple of lovely Howard Low D's

It's going pretty well (infirmities permitting) but I'm surprised how much I recall.

I hope your 'comeback' goes as well as mine.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:51 pm 
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Sara, I found Brother Steve's page a great place to reacquire the basics. http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/b ... index.html.

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