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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:28 am 
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Hi all,

I have a lot of different whistle keys, and I've found playing along with tracks to be a very natural way to check the tuning. Tracks in D and G and A are easy to come by, but does anyone have good tracks that would work for the less common keys, like Ab, F#, etc? Ideally, they'd cover the full range of a whistle (up to the high B equivalent).

Currently, I use an album of session tunes for D, 'The Immigrant' played by Joanie Madden for C whistles, and 'Fly' by Brian Finnegan for alto A whistles, and 'Ellie Goes West' for E. Does anyone have a favorite track played in a less common key?

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Nathaniel

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Hey Nathaniel, check out Bayview by Project Smok. Toria's is played on an F#. There are couple other interesting keys in there.

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psoutowood wrote:
Hey Nathaniel, check out Bayview by Project Smok. Toria's is played on an F#. There are couple other interesting keys in there.

-Peter


Wow! That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for (and a group I'd never heard of before as a bonus).
Toria's is particularly good for tuning, since it has so many slow parts. Good for noodling too.

Toria's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCYldpZ8jbc

The Fear Polkas is another one of their tracks that sounds like it's on the F#:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RT6p7iqCoM

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I have a suspicion that he doesn't mean *that* F

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I use pitch-shifting software to adjust favorite tuning-reference tracks to match the key of whatever whistle I'm evaluating. On desktop I use a Chrome extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/transpose-%E2%96%B2%E2%96%BC-pitch-%E2%96%B9-spee/ioimlbgefgadofblnajllknopjboejda?hl=en that works great with Youtube and YouTube Music. I've also had good results with the mobile apps Amazing Slow Downer and Music Speed Changer.


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Not sure if this is the kind of thing you are looking for, but I like these two tracks played on low F whistles:

Phil Hardy: May Morning Dew:

https://youtu.be/ZVFLQhzBVfY

Erwan Menguy: Yellow Flowers:

https://youtu.be/xj-tsOcFlrE

And these on Bb by Kevin Crawford: Dear Irish Boy, The Hole in the Boat, Sally Sloane's, The Tinker's Frolic:

https://youtu.be/XFDtF-78rQ0


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