The Clarke Tinwhistle Handbook
Book & CD Set by Bill Ochs
Cassette also available
(Book - 80 pages)
This tutorial by world-renowned whistle player/teacher Bill Ochs has
been setting the standard for learning to play whistle since it was first introduced in
1988. It has just recently been re-released in full-size book form. This new release also includes a CD of the lessons and
tunes that are in the book, all written for the Soprano D whistle.
The book starts out with a history of of the Clarke Tinwhistle Company,
then includes sections on The History of the Tinwhistle, The Story of "Whistlin'
Billy", an a few other notes concerning whistle and traditional music.
The lessons start out assuming that the player knows nothing about
reading sheetmusic, then advance from there gradually. It's also a great first tutorial
for someone that can read sheetmusic, but has never played the whistle - later lessons get
more complex and include learning traditional ornamentation.