Exercises for Finger Coordination for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute


By Grey Larsen. Downloadable PDF (46 pages) plus MP3s.

Exercises for Finger Coordination for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute is an expanded and enhanced version (see below for specifics) of The Toolbox Exercises for Finger Coordination, a supplement to Grey Larsen’s book The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox.

Both versions consist of written transcriptions and audio recordings of 38 exercises for finger coordination and synchronization, composed and performed by Grey Larsen, as well as introductory and explanatory text covering finger movement, notation and other matters.

For information on Note-Naming Methods, see #5, below.



Exercises for Finger Coordination for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute has been augmented in the following ways (in comparison with its predecessor, The Toolbox Exercises for Finger Coordination):

1. The text has been expanded to address additional topics and adapted to address Irish flute as well as the tin whistle in D (also known as the pennywhistle). Since the standard Irish flute and tin whistle in D share a fingering system, the 38 exercises work for both of these instruments.
2. You no longer have to know how to read music to use these exercises. They are notated in tin whistle and Irish flute tablature as well as standard music notation.
3. The accompanying audio files come in two sets, one played on a tin whistle in D and the other on a standard Irish flute in D. You may download either audio file set, or both.
4. A fingering chart for tin whistle and Irish flute is included.
5. You may choose one of six versions of this eBook, each featuring one of the following note-naming conventions:

  • Latin Alphabet – popular in the United States and other countries
  • Jianpu numerical system – popular in China and other countries
  • Sargam – popular in India and other countries
  • German “H” Nomenclature – popular among some musicians in Germany as well as in other countries that speak Germanic languages, such as the countries of Scandinavia
  • “Movable Do” solfege – popular in many Germanic countries, in the US, and in many of the Commonwealth Countries, which are chiefly former countries of the British Empire
  • “Fixed Do” or “Tonic Sol-Fa” solfege – popular in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Romania, in Latin American countries and French-speaking Canada, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece, Armenia, Albania, North Macedonia, Mongolia, Iran, Taiwan, the Middle East, Turkey and Israel

Here you may listen to three samples, played on tin whistle:

This product contains contains:

  • A downloadable Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file including the exercises, in tablature and standard music notation, as well as explanatory text. 46 pages, 8.5 x 11 inches in size (US Letter size).
  • Two zip files. Each zip file contains a set of audio files (mp3s). One zip file contains tin whistle recordings and the other Irish flute recordings. You may download either zip file, or both, as you see fit.

The ability to move various combinations of fingers in precise coordination and synchronization is essential for good tin whistle and Irish flute playing. These 38 exercises are designed to aid in the development of these skills, which call for moving not only combinations of fingers of one hand or the other, but often fingers of both hands, and sometimes in opposite directions.

If you are a beginner, gaining these skills may seem daunting, but in time and with practice such coordination and dexterity will become second nature. If you are an intermediate player, you may wish to use these exercises to improve your finger coordination skills.

The included audio recordings feature a metronome click in the left channel and Grey Larsen playing tin whistle or Irish flute in the right channel. Using your left-right balance control, you may control the relative loudness of these two elements, or eliminate either one entirely.

Additional information

Note-Naming Method

Latin Alphabet (US), Jianpu, Sargam, Movable Do, Fixed Do, German "H" Nomenclature


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