The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox – Physical Book

Original price was: $29.99.Current price is: $24.99.

By Grey Larsen. 187 pages, physical book plus 92 tracks of downloadable audio. You may download the audio here.

All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish music.

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There are two supplements to this book: The Toolbox Tune Collection and The Toolbox Exercises for Finger Coordination. They provide exercises and tune transcriptions that could not be included in the book due to space restrictions. They both also come with audio files of the author playing the exercises or tunes.

In addition, there is now an expanded version of the supplement The Toolbox Exercises for Finger Coordination. The expanded version is called Exercises for Finger Coordination for Tin Whistle and Irish Flute. It differs from it predecessor in the following ways:

  • Its text has been augmented to address additional topics and adapted to include Irish flute as well as tin whistle.
  • All exercises are shown in a new tablature system as well as in standard music notation.
  • Two sets of recordings are now available, played on Irish flute as well as on tin whistle.
  • The eBook component is available in six versions, each with a different note-naming convention: Latin Alphabet (US), Jianpu (China), Sargam (India), German “H” Nomenclature (Germanic language countries), Movable Do solfege and Fixed Do solfege (also known as Tonic Sol-Fa).


“An essential set of tools for the beginning and intermediate tin whistle player. I highly recommend it!”

– Joanie Madden, whistle and flute player with Cherish the Ladies

All the tools the beginner, novice, and intermediate tin whistle player needs in order to progress to a high level of competence in Irish music. Includes an “Orientation to Traditional Irish Music” which puts the music in context, with information on scales and modes, dance tune types, the historical roots of whistle playing, and advice for learning by ear. The book is full of thorough instruction, exercises, and musical examples: from holding, fingering, breathing, and blowing, on up to advanced ornamentation, phrasing, and variations. Features a simple and penetrating new approach to understanding and notating ornamentation that goes beyond any previous method, as well as history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don’t read music, almost all the exercises and examples appear in the audio downloads.

Here you may listen to four examples of the audio included with The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox:

Additional information

Weight 1.3125 lbs
Dimensions 11.75 × 8.75 × 0.5 in

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