You maybe be wondering which tin whistle to buy as a beginner? In this video I go over the differences between three different tin whistles. One priced around $8.00, another around $50.00, and the last around $160.00.
What makes a tin whistle so fantastic as a beginner's instrument is the fact that you can find decent whistles that are very inexpensive. The Generation D whistle is popular among beginners because it is so inexpensive and the bore is small which makes it easy for kids to learn on too. However, do not make the mistake of thinking a tin whistle is only a toy! Many famous tin whistlers play an inexpensive whistle and have no difficulties doing so. Ultimately, the instrument does not matter (if made with quality) as much as the player.
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When trying out whistles, ask yourself the following four questions:
1) Does the instrument play in tune? No matter the skill of the player, a poorly tuned instrument is very difficult, if not impossible to work with. Some whistles are tunable - meaning their head joints can be adjusted.
2) Can you play the instrument with ease? If all the holes are correctly sealed and yet the sound is not clear or pure, there may be a defect in the instrument. There is little worse than trying to learn on an instrument that sabotages your playing! It is best to play on a well made instrument to know when mistakes are one's own (which can be fixed) and not the fault of the instrument (which cannot always be fixed by the player). Remember, well made does not necessarily mean more expensive, although quality usually does go up with the price.
3) Is the instrument comfortable to hold and play with speed? I have tried D whistles that had really small holes and a slippery surface that just did not feel comfortable to play. This is personal preference but it is important that you enjoy the instrument you are playing!
4) How is the timbre? The timbre (pronounced tamber) is basically how the instrument sounds. Although every low D whistle will be in the same range and play the exact same notes, the color of the sound will not be the same. Much like the uniqueness of a person's voice, each instrument has its own unique color of tone. To some, this does not matter as much, while to others, such as myself, it matters a great deal. The sound coming out of the instrument is an extension of one's self so don't be afraid to be picky. Find one that speaks to your soul.
There you have it! I realize not all of us are able to try out a tin whistle before purchasing and will have to buy online. All of my tin whistles so far have been purchased online which I show you in the video above. Below are links to each of the tin whistles I have tried and purchased for your reference.
If you have questions to add when testing out tin whistles, please comment below and I will add them! Also, if you have a type of tin whistle you enjoy that I did not mention, also add it to the comments below. I intend to expand my tin whistle collection and keep you lovely musicians updated on my reviews.
As always, if you've got any questions let me know!
Generation D whistle for International:
Erik the Flute Maker wooden D Whistle: (be sure to purcahse the whistle in D)