Blackbird Whistle
Key of C, D, or Eb
Available individually or as a full set
Tweaked by Jerry Freeman


April 17th, 2020 - Please Note:
We are currently out of stock on the Blackbird whistle in the keys of D and C.



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The Jerry Freeman tweaked Blackbird is a standard body penny whistle noted for its pure, birdlike voicing, especially in the high register. It plays clean and pure throughout its range and records beautifully.


Hardcore traditionalists love the Blackbird because it has playing characteristics similar to the traditional mass produced whistles, but with a sweeter, cleaner voicing and smoother playability. It requires a gentle breath control, especially in the lowest notes. The Blackbird is medium in loudness, quieter than some whistles, but with a bright, clear timbre that carries well.



Blackbird vs. Mellow Dog comparison:


The Freeman tweaked Blackbird is a quieter whistle than the Freeman tweaked Mellow Dog. The Blackbird has a purer (you could say "less complex") voicing, especially in the upper register, which is very birdlike, hence the name. The Blackbird requires more subtle, gentle breath control, whereas the Mellow Dog will accept a more forceful breath. The Blackbird is a standard body whistle; the Mellow Dog is a wide body whistle.


In addition to being a lovely sounding whistle that advanced players enthusiastically endorse, the Blackbird is recommended for beginning players as they develop breath control. Although it requires a gentle breath in the lowest notes, the whistle is very clean playing and consistent throughout its range, so it will reward very quickly, the practice needed for a beginner to master its playing characteristics.


Text in this box is used by kind permission of Jerry Freeman


If you are new to playing whistle, we always recommend that you start with a whistle in the key of D. See our Beginner's Section for more info on whistle keys.

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Available individually or as a full set


The mouthpieces for the Blackbird whistle can be either black or dark green (we receive both at times). There is no difference in tonal quality between the two.


(Don't forget to order a Whistle Pouch for your whistle!)

Blackbird Whistle
Keys of C, D, Eb
Available individually or as a full set

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