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Author:  AngelicBeaver [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 11:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Help with a tune

So an accordion player played this tune, which he called "Eddie Kelly's", and I thought it was great. However, it seems to go way below whistle range. I tried switching to an A whistle, but it still doesn't fit. Is anyone familiar with how this is played in a session setting on a whistle?

Both of these videos play it in the same key.

Here's the tune on The Session:

Author:  Mr.Gumby [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 3:32 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with a tune

The Meelick Team, the one on thesession you linked to, has one B below whistle range. Play it on a D whistle with that one B raised an octave and you're flying.

Look up 'folding' on the forum.

For a bit practice and to get your head around this, try for example The Castle jig . it's perfectly doable on the whistle, despite slipping down to low G, taking in the rest of the notes on the G string of the fiddle on the way.

Or the Humours of Lissadel, Glen of Aherlow, Martin Wynne's #1&2, Dooney Rock that sort of tune, any amount of fiddletunes that dip into the low string.

Author:  AngelicBeaver [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Help with a tune

That's helpful. Normally, I can figure out the optimal setting for a whistle, especially if I know it's in D. The last tune I started learning went similarly off the scale, but Jem pointed out that it was actually transposed down below where it was typically played, so I learned it on an A whistle, and then could play it just fine on the D. This one didn't fit on either, and got me turned around and questioning my existence. Thanks for sorting me out.

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