Sheet Music For Traditional Irish Tunes On The Tin WhistleThe below are a few of the most popular ''Tunes'' that are played at sessions. The vast majority are worked out for a whistle in the key of D. I will be adding more to this section over time.The below are a few of the most popular ''Tunes'' that are played at sessions. The vast majority are worked out for a whistle in the key of D. I will be adding more to this section over time.
To play tunes by ear or to read the sheet music ? That's a question I have read on many's an internet forum. Players seem to be split in their opinion. There are those who feel you should never use sheet music for playing any kind of music, never mind traditional Irish tune. Those are the one's who have a natural gift of being able to play by ear and don't seem to grasp that playing notes doesn't come ease to the majority of musicians. ? In that case their would be millions of people around the world who would never get the chance to enjoy playing a musicial instrument. My view is that if sheet music helps then one should use it, that person over time will delevope an ear and will gain an understanding of keys and if a piece of sheet music is put in front of them they'll be able to play it where as if the same sheet was put in front of the person who only plays by ear, , well they may as well be looking at a hedge. I get sent many emails from people who have stated that they recently took up playing the tin whistle, some are aged over 80 years old and said that without the music notes on this site they would not have continued playing the whistle. This is very gratifying to hear and I'm delighted to be able to help out.
So what about the pop music section on the site ? I was very hesitant about setting up this section. I really hadn't a clue if it would be popular or if I was wasting my time. So I took a chance and put a good mixture of old and new songs. It has really taken off and is now as popular as the folk songs. I had been playing some of these songs for years and if I was willing to play popular music on a tin whistle then there had to be many more like me. You see the whistle has always been associated with traditional music and if you said to someone that you played a whistle they automatically assumed you were into trad. They would never think you played anything other that traditional or folk songs. One other reason for setting up the pop section was to make the instrument more mainstream.