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I know I asked this before, but if you'll pardon my repetitiveness, I need some suggestions for easy beginner tunes. I'm doing a whistle workshop in July for the first time, and am having trouble settling on a suitable tune to teach. Any help?


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Down by the Sally Gardens. This was the first complete tune I learned. In the beginning it was a challenge and once learned gave me satisfaction and incentive to try more.

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The beginner-session here (which I <i>still</i> haven't managed to make an appearance at, sigh) plays <a href="http://www.rogermillington.com/siamsa/school/sessions/sessions.htm">these tunes</a>.
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Tephellah,
For first tune/song I'd suggest one of two songs.
  • Star of County Down (in E Dorian - G key signature and D - whistle)
  • Whiskey in the Jar (AKA: Gilgara Mountain)

Both are slow, both have melodies that your beginning whistler might recognize. Both are songs that your beginers may be able to sing, which will help them learn the melody. They are both relatively slow tunes and have notes that repeat. Notes that repeat in the tune can be opportunities for you beginners to learn a little ornamentation.

These were 2 of the first 10 songs I learned.
You might also want to give them tune samples (at the end of the class) of each type of tune. Give them the tune notation (with tablature) and then play it for them so the recognize it. Here some of my suggestions.
  • Reel(s): The Banshee
  • Jig: Irish Washerwoman
  • Double Jig: Road to Lisdoonvarna
  • Hornpipe: Red Haired Boy. (Some play this as a reel some as a hornpipe)
  • Slow Air: Eamonn a Chnoic (Ned of the Hills)
  • Long Slow Air: Tabhair dom do Lamh


If you need a copy of Star of County Down for a D whistle, drop me a line and I can e-mail you the GIF.

Hope this helps and ...

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Three good beginner tunes that come to mind are:

Dennis Murphy's Slide
Gigue for Jenny
Planxty Fanny Power

Also, there's a really cool tunebook on the web, done for the class at the House of Ireland in Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

Their page is at:
http://www.uptospeed.net/hoi/

Enjoy!

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A very easy tune to start with, and one of the first tunes I learned, is "Down by the Sally Gardens". Also try these:

Amazing Grace
Scarborough Fair
The South Wind
Inisheer
The Kesh Jig (in D and G)
Blarney Pilgrim
Whisky in the Jar
The Blackthorn Stick


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Tephillah, I'd steer well clear of double jigs such as The Kesh and The Blarney Pilgrim if I were you. In my experience double jigs are not good tunes for beginners because although they will find these tunes attractive and fun to play, they will most likely not get a grip on the rhythm.

I think a well-known song tune is a good idea. I'd concur with the choice of Star of Co. Down -- it has a well-defined rhythm, the range is restricted, and if you play in E "minor" there are no Cs to worry about. A good alternative would be a very simple polka.


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I'm doing a whistle workshop in July for the first time, and am having trouble settling on a suitable tune to teach.


Is that at the July 21 Adams County Irish Festival, Gettysburg, PA?

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Hello and thanks to you all who have posted replies to me. My very first tune was "Banish Misfortune," not your typical beginner's material, so I cannot draw from my own experience here.
Lee, yes. I'll be doing the workshop at the Adam's County Irish Festival in Gettysburg. If you are there, won't you please drop in to say "hello?"


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As a beginner-to-be waiting for my first whistle to arrive, a Walton D, I find myself visiting this forum a lot. It's a great place to find information and the people whose postings I've read seem to be willing to help with most anything.

The selection of a beginner's song is one of my primary concerns right now and I want to thank every one for the advice you've posted so that I may learn and decide.

Rick


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10 Penny Bit is an easy jig.
Cooley's Reel has a manageable rhythm.
They both sound good played slowly.
I'd start someone out on slow airs before tackling dance tunes, though. Popular, well-known melodies, such as Amazing Grace?


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