Tin Whistle Tunes - Introduction


These have 6 tin whistle hole fingering diagrams for a whistle in the key of D. While not purporting to be a tin whistle tutor, a couple of simple rules will help you play well. 1) Fingers 1, 2, and 3 of your left hand play the top three holes; these are now called holes 1, 2, & 3. 1, 2, and 3 of your right hand play the bottom three holes. These are now called holes 4, 5, & 6. 2) Try and keep one of your right-hand fingers on the whistle at all times. Either park the right hand pinkie below the 6-hole (preferred) or cover the 6-hole with your right hand third finger when playing a 0, 1, 2, or 3-hole note. Blow softly for the lower notes, harder for the higher notes. Remember: when looking at the music on this site, a number “0” means no holes are covered, “1” means cover the top hole, “2” means cover 1 & 2, “3” means cover 1, 2, & 3,etc. all the way down to “6” (cover all holes). For “6” in the higher octave many teachers insist that rather than overblowing, you also uncover the top hole (only) for a cleaner tone.


Here’s one easy tune with pictures and numbers for whistle:

Shoe The Donkey – Mazurka, Donegal style. Variants are found in all parts of Ireland


Go to the main Tune List. Most of the tunes on the list have tin whistle finger numbers

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