- Material: Tin
- Finish: Black
- Head: Wood labium
- Body type: Tapered
- Tuning: C
- Accessories: Finger chart
Clarke C-Dur · Tin Whistle
The whistle is made of sheet steel, has a wood labium and is black lacquered. Clarke Penny-Whistles are made by hand by old tradition.
Origin of the Tin-Whistle
The Tin-Whistle is a part of the Penny-Whistle(Wood-Whistle, Pocket-Whistle) Family. Other as them it's made of metal. It was originally a beak flute made of sheet with six tone holes. It developed between the end of the 18th and the start of 19th century. The Penny-Whistle is a popular and known instrument all around the world. Its home is the Irish music but is also played in other cultures.
The Penny-Whistle is relatively easy to learn and was known as an instrument for children. Not until the Irish Folk Revival in the 60's it became a bigger part as a stage instrument. Today, the Penny-Whistle, has found popularity in Ireland and has a major importance in the Irish Folk, Folk and sometimes in medieval music.
How to play the Tin-Whistle
The Tin-Whistle is played with your middle three fingers on both hands. Index finger, Middle finger and Ring finger. The fingers on the left cover the higher three holes and the fingers on the right hand cover the lower three holes. When all the holes are covered, you get the tonic. With every further opened hole you get the next interval. After the seventh, all holes are to be closed to reach the next octave by "over-blowing". The Whistle originally is a diatonic instrument. But half-steps can be performed by covering only half of the tone-hole.
The Clarke Story
In 1843, Robert Clarke decided to push his low salary. The smith helped him by building a kit to produce the Tin-Whistle.
As the result of this idea, Clarke became the number one producer of Penny-Whistles in England. Until today, they're produced by the traditional method, so they possess the typical sound of Clarke's Whistle.
Tin Whistle · Clarke C-Dur
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