Mudcat Café message #275355 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #13579   Message #275355
Posted By: Lox
10-Aug-00 - 06:04 PM
Thread Name: Big Whistles - Little Fingers
Subject: RE: Help: Big Whistles - Little Fingers
I would like to echo the views of those who have said that there is a slightly different technique to playing a low D whistle.

I would never dream of trying to play one with the tips of my fingers. Consistency and feel both suffer. Consistency because there is more finger to try and control, (have you ever tried to type with a meter ruler) and feel because it is more difficult to slur between the notes.

The answer for me has always been to cover each hole using the underside of each knuckle, about half way up the finger. (The best low whistle players all happen to be pipers - paddy keenan, Liam o'Flynn, Davy Spillane ... etc ...

I don't think you need to be a penny whistle player to be a low whistle player. I say, if you like an instrument, have a go.

At the same time though, if you find that the physical obstacles render your desire impossible, and that you are simply getting nowhere (after a few months you will either be able to play a tune or not - It doesn't have to be complicated) then it could be a good idea to try something more suited to your build.