Free Sheet Music for the Clarke Tinwhistle April 27, 2016

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Maggie in the woodsFree sheet music is now available at the Clarke Tinwhistle – USA website. Just go to our home page and click “tunes” in the menu. The direct link for sheet music is: www.clarketinwhistle.us/category/tunes/

We are using a unique format with the beginning tin whistle player in mind. Each tune will have the finger patterns displayed under each note. The idea is to get the beginning whistle player making music quickly and then they can start to learn to read music. The tunes will consist mostly of Irish session tunes, with other traditional music thrown in. I will be adding new tunes every few days. So check back often or follow us on Twitter for tune and blog updates.

It is my hope that these tunes will help many people find their interest in music. Music has had a very positive influence in my life and I am glad to share it.

Clarke Tinwhistle - USA
Happy Whistling,
James Hall
Clarke Tinwhistle – USA

 

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Do you need a Clarke Tinwhistle fingering chart? April 23, 2016

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Clarke Fingering ChartIf you have lost your fingering chart or if you would like to keep a copy on your computer so you can print it out when you need one. Here is a download for the Clarke fingering chart and song sheet.

This is the same fingering chart that comes with the Clarke Original, the Sweetone, and the Meg Tinwhistle. You can download the PDF file by clicking the link below. It can then be printed on standard letter-size paper.

Download: Clarke Tinwhistle Fingering Chart – PDF

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Happy Whistling,
James Hall
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Which Clarke whistle is best? April 2, 2016

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Clarke Wood Top and Clarke Plastic Top

Clarke Sweetone tin whistle with plastic top and a Clarke Original with wood top.

What is best for one person is not necessarily best for another, in many cases it depends on how the whistle will be used. In this article we will cover the different Clarke tin whistle models and their uses. There are four different models of tin whistles made by The Clarke Tinwhistle company. These I would put into three categories, wood top whistles, premium plastic top, economy plastic top whistles.

The Meg Tin whistle: This is Clarke’s economy plastic top whistle. The main difference between a Meg whistle and the premium plastic tops is that it plays a bit softer. This can be a plus if you have a classroom full of students. And its lower price also makes it ideal for the beginning Tin whistle player.

The Sweetone Tin Whistle and the Celtic Tin Whistle: These are both Clarke’s premium plastic top whistles, they are identical in play-ability and only differ in their decor. It is difficult to describe the sound in words. The premium plastic top whistles have very precise wind ways and are acoustically accurate in design. So what you get is a very clean, bright sound with good volume. If you are playing with other people the crisp sound can help your Tin whistle be heard over the other instruments. I would describe this as a modern sounding Tin whistle.

The Original Tin whistle: This is Clarke’s wood top whistle. There is a lot more handwork to produce this whistle and it is very much the opposite of the premium plastic top whistles. Where the plastic tops have very precise wind ways to spread the air across the fipple (the edge that divides the air), the wood tops have a dome-shaped wind way that puts more air down the center of the wind way. The plastic tops have very flat fipples and the originals have a dimple formed in the metal. By looks alone you would think that the plastic tops would be superior, and in some ways they are. They use a little less air to produce a sound. But, as they say you can’t judge a book by its cover. These little imperfections give this whistle its unique sound. Beautiful, mellow and slightly breathy are words I would use to describe this whistle. So if you’re looking for a historically accurate sounding Tin whistle, or if you want a mellower less modern sound this would be your choice.

So which whistle is best? If you want a bright modern sounding whistle or you are playing with other instruments without a microphone than the Sweetone or Celtic would be my choice. If you’re playing in a quiet space or with a microphone and you want to mellow more musical sound. I would choose the original. If you still can’t choose, tin whistle’s are not very expensive. You may want to try one of each.

Download: Clarke Tinwhistle Fingering Chart – PDF

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Happy Whistling,
James Hall
Clarke Tinwhistle – USA

 

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