Grey Larsen (b.1955)

The Essential Tin Whistle Toolbox

for: Tin whistle

Music score, online playback

Item no.693826
Author/ComposerGrey Larsen
Levelvery easymedium
Scope192 pages; 22 × 28 cm
Release year2015
Publisher/ProducerMel Bay Publications
Producer No.MB 99129M
34.80 €
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (Germany )
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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.

Also includes history and theory of traditional Irish tin whistle music. For those who don't read music, almost all the exercises and examples appear on the companion audio. Includes access to online audio.


  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgements and Credits
  • Also by Grey Larsen
  • Appendix A: Fingering Chart
  • Appendix B: Contents of the Companion CD
  • CHAPTER 1: Orientation to Traditional Irish Music for Tin Whistle Players
  • CHAPTER 10: Long Rolls
  • CHAPTER 11: Short Rolls
  • CHAPTER 12: Tonguing
  • CHAPTER 13: Musical Breathing
  • CHAPTER 14: The Language Analogy Revisited
  • CHAPTER 15: Practice Revisited, and Some Thoughts on "Muscle Memory"
  • CHAPTER 2: A Brief Look into the History and Development of the Tin Whistle
  • CHAPTER 3: Holding and Blowing the Tin Whistle
  • CHAPTER 4: On Practice
  • CHAPTER 5: Getting Comfortable with Fingering
  • CHAPTER 6: The Language Analogy
  • CHAPTER 7: Cuts
  • CHAPTER 8: Strikes
  • CHAPTER 9: Slides
  • General Index
  • Index of Tune Titles
  • Introduction
  • Introduction to Ornamentation
  • SECTION 1: First Matters
  • SECTION 2: Ornamentation
  • SECTION 3: Tonguing, Phrasing, and Use of the Breath
  • SECTION 4: Final Matters