Author Archives: Stephen Ducke

The Maid of Mount Kisco – Tin Whistle lesson

Learn the Maid of Mount Kisko, a reel associated with the great Irish fiddler Paddy Killoran. Tin whistle lesson with video, sheet music and audio recording

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Paddy Killoran

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Paddy Killoran (1904-65) was an Irish fiddler, born near Ballymote, County Sligo, Ireland. He is regarded, along with his mentor James Morrison and the great Michael Coleman, as one of the finest exponents of the south Sligo fiddle style in the “golden age” of the ethnic recording industry of the 1920s and ’30s.

Source: ITMA.ie

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Brenda Stubbert’s (reel)

A reel composed by Jerry Holland, played here on tin whistle, with sheet music & tin whistle tabs

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Micho’s Ashplant (tin whistle)

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Micho Russell’s setting of The Ashplant reel, played by Stephen Ducke on tin whistle

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Thanksgiving Tunes for Tin Whistle

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6 Irish tunes you can play at Thanksgiving, for tin whistle, with audio recordings, sheet music & whistle tabs (fingering charts). Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the free pdf sheet music booklet.

It is a New England Autumn in 1621. The beautiful gold and crimson leaves
contribute to the festive atmosphere that blankets Plimoth village. The smell of
roasting Turkeys adds to the ambience. The little village’s fifty English settlers
are preparing a harvest festival in celebration of having survived the previous
year’s great hardships and brought in their first crops in the New World.

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An Phis Fliuch – Irish flute tune

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MP3 & sheet music of An Phis Fliuch, a slip jig played on Irish flute .From the traditional repertoire, this tune appears in the O’Neills collection from the early 20th century

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Low Whistle Christmas Songs – Tabs & Sheet Music (with Video)

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Some easy Christmas songs that go well on the low whistle. The low whistle is the bass version of the tin whistle, and plays an octave lower in low D. I play each tune twice, once with ornamentation and once more slowly and plainly. These tunes can of course also be played on tin whistle.

As usual, you can download the sheet music pdf booklet at the bottom of the page. If you have any questions,  message me in the comments!

These tunes are all quite simple on the low whistle, with no notes above high F and melodies that are linear enough to make breath control easily manageable (no octave jumps, for example) The challenge of the low whistle is the grip, and ensuring that all the holes are adequately covered, particularly for the lower notes  E and D. Any leakage of air in the fingers can result in these notes refusing to sound at all.

Tip: if you’re having trouble with holes leaking, try a descending scale from B, one note at a time, to try and isolate which finger is causing problems!

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