Tin Whistle Fingering Chart

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This chart shows the basic fingering for a tin whistle in the key of D.

Most players hold the whistle with their dominant hand at the bottom three holes (further from the mouthpiece), and the non-dominant hand at the top (closer to the mouthpiece). Use the middle three fingers on each hand, maintaining a relaxed grip.

Once you have mastered the grip, there are many other subtle aspects to technique that you will come to consider when playing tin whistle. You will gradually get a feel for how lightly to hold the whistle and cover the holes, as well as how hard to blow.

The above finger chart shows the lower octave. To reach the higher octave, you simply blow harder. You should quickly develop of feel for how hard you need to blow to reach the second octave.

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