We simply cannot say enough good things about this
tutorial - it continues to set the standard for learning to play tinwhistle. L.E.
McCullough has been teaching traditional Irish Music on tinwhistle and flute since 1972 -
the amount of information that this book covers is amazing. The one thing that it doesn't
cover in detail is how to read sheet music. If you're new to reading sheet music, it is
recommended that you pick up a tutorial that explains the basics in more detail also
("Fun With the Tinwhistle" or "You Can Teach Yourself Tinwhistle" would be
Even experienced players will gain much from this book/CD set.
The following topics are covered in detail:
Some Remarks on Irish Music
Historical Notes on the Tinwhistle
Choosing a tinwhistle
Holding the Tinwhistle
Putting It All Together
Phrasing & Breath Control
The Tunes (over 70 in all)
Reels, Jigs, Etc.
Notes to the Tunes
The CD has 91 tracks, and includes instruction and playing examples
by L.E. McCullough. It also includes all the tunes from the book.
You will need to have a Whistle in the key of D to make proper use of this book.
All the tunes are written in keys that are meant to be played on a D whistle. Take a look
at the Whistle Section of our online catalog
if you need a D Whistle.
We also recommend that you take a look at
Irish Tinwhistle Tunebook
The Complete Irish
By L.E. McCullough
Catalog# 349 - Price $17.10