A tin whistle, also known as a penny whistle or Irish whistle, is a musical instrument which has been handmade by us in England for almost 175 years.
Created from tin and featuring either a wooden or plastic mouthpiece, called a fipple, tin whistles can be used to play a variety of musical genres, either as part of a group or on their own.
The tin whistle is easy to learn, inexpensive to buy, and simple to maintain, which can lead people to think that it is more of a toy than an instrument. However, capable of playing a fantastic range of tunes, including Irish jigs, classic folk tunes and highland flings, the tin whistle can produce an excellent quality of music which is loved by many.
The tin whistle has also featured in a number of pop songs, most famously Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” from the Titanic soundtrack, and more recently on two of Ed Sheeran’s new songs; “Galway Girl” and “Nancy Mulligan”.
Tin whistles have six finger holes and can be purchased in a range of keys. ‘D’ is the most popular key as it complements a variety of tunes, including most Irish music, and is also one of the easier keys to play as the finger holes are closer together. This also makes it ideal for beginners and children.
Different tin whistles come with different bore shapes, all our tin whistle have a conical bore which produces a smooth and even sound which is unique to us and cannot be matched by any other whistle.
The technique required to play a tin whistle is similar to that used to play the saxophone, clarinet, or recorder, and once this has been mastered the instrument is wonderfully easy to play.
If you are interested in learning how to play the tin whistle we suggest that you start with one of our tutorial guides. Not only do they guide you through the process of playing the tin whistle step-by-step, but they also come with a CD to make it even easier.
Our Original Gift Set is also a great choice for beginners as it includes everything that you need to get started, including a tin whistle, tutorial guide with CD, plus a tin whistle pouch and cleaning brush to keep your whistle safe and sound.
If you have any questions about the tin whistle, or learning how to play it, please do get in touch – we would love to hear from you.