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The Links

A Miscellany of Whistle and Music Links
Chiff and Fipple: The supreme, Undisputed King of Internet Whistle Journalism, Dale Wisely, has created this unrivalled web site dedicated to all things penny whistle. This site must be visited and perused by everyone with even the slightest interest in the whistle. There's more information about the penny whistle here than you can shake...a whistle..at. Also check out the Chiff and Fipple Message board to meet and communicate with an active, friendly, and enthusiastic online whistle community.
TradLessons.com: Michael Eskin has given us this web site, with its enormously helpful free video lessons for whistle, flute, uilleann pipes, and drop D guitar. This should not be missed by anyone trying to get to grips with the instruments and the music. I wish this site had been around when I was first trying to learn the basics! The site now features a variety of iOS music apps developed by Michael.
Brother Steve's Tin Whistle Pages: Brother Steve (Stephen Jones) has created an excellent whistle web site. Get right along there and read Steve's personal meditations, advice, and lessons on how to play the whistle.
Tin Whistle Tunes: This is a good place to listen to a variety of makes of whistles. Some talented amateur players post their whistle recordings here. You can contact many of the contributors directly to ask for help or advice. This site was created by whistle players, for whistle players, with the accent on sharing and learning and providing encouragement for people of all abilities and at all levels. You will also find more recordings by me. Pop along and listen - and submit your own!
Fullbodyburn Productions: Can't find the right fingering for your new whistle? Take a look here at the best whistle fingering chart I've seen.
JC's Tune Finder: This is a valuable resource for finding traditional tunes, in a variety of formats, using a searchable database. Don't pass by this one!
Michael Eskin: Michael is a traditional player of whistles, flute, Uilleann pipes, tenor banjo, and DADGAD guitar, and lives in San Diego. His site is full of resources for players. Find live session recordings, session information, as well as tunebooks for local sessions, and more. This is an interesting and useful site, worthy of perusal.
The Wandering Whistler Music Archives was one of the first tin whistle web sites, first seeing the light of day back in 1996, and it's still going strong. It has traditional tunes and songs for the pennywhistle, with midi files and mp3s and sheet music.
TUNEdb is Richard Moon's searchable database of traditional tunes from around the world, presented in ABC format.
ABC2Win: Find out more about the useful ABC music notation format and the ABC2Win shareware music notation program. Please note that this software is no longer developed or supported but can still be downloaded, including a free unlock code.
Forte Music Notation Software: If you are looking for music notation software, Forte should meet your needs with several editions available, the most simple edition being free to use.
Henrik Norbeck's Abc Tunes: Henrik Norbeck has provided a collection of ABC files of traditional tunes. You will find 1661 (count them) Irish tunes here.
Concertina.net, ABC Convert-A-Matic: ABC notation is a convenient way for musicians to share music with others. This is a free online converter which changes ABC notation into standard music notation. Just copy your ABC notation and paste into the Convert-A-Matic window, press the submit button, and watch the music notation appear!
Stars & Catz Music Teacher Network: This free service helps to match up music students with the right teachers. This link takes you to the UK web site for this service but the service is also available in the USA, Canada, & Australia.
GuitarPlayerWorld - Get tips and lessons to learning the guitar with videos and tabs.
LiveIreland.com: Listen to Irish music on Internet radio, with live events and video.
Virtual Session: Join in and play along with this, "virtual session", provided by the BBC Online Folk and Acoustic Club.
ezFolk: This very nice site by Richard Hefner has tutorials for banjo, folk guitar and ukulele. Maybe it will inspire a new interest! Quite apart from the instructional element, this site has a comprehensive directory of folk-related links (more than 1000) covering all types of instruments, styles and performers.
Bigwhistle Music: This is the web site of whistle master Phil Brown. Phil pushes the tin whistle beyond the tradition with which it is most associated. Get copies of CDs here by Phil, and other whistle artists. Phil also can supply Overton whistles, made by Bernard Overton, several other makes of whistles, whistle tutors, tune books, etc.
Goldie Whistles: Goldie Whistles (formerly known as Overton whistles) are amongst the finest whistles available. The whistles you will find here are all hand-made by Colin Goldie in Germany.
Alba Whistles: These attractive aluminium whistles are hand-crafted instruments, made in the Highlands of Scotland. They look and sound great.
The Whistle Shop is an American Internet store providing whistles and many related items. It also has some useful online tutorials and information.
Mally's Traditional Music Store: Music and tuition for traditional musical instruments.
Hobgoblin Music: Traditional musical instruments, books, CDs, and accessories.
All Celtic Music: A wide selection of celtic recordings to listen to and to purchase.
Reed Kotler Music: Tools to help you learn to play by ear.
Roni Music Software: More tools to help you learn to play by ear.
A Guide to the Irish Flute: If your interest extends to playing the Irish flute, then you should visit this site.
Lazarus Guestbook - A spam-free Guestbook!: The fine and spam-free guestbook system used on this website is courtesy of Stewart Souter (AKA 'Carbonize') who has created this much improved version of the Advanced Guestbook script from Proxy2. The Lazarus guestbook script is provided totally free of charge and Stewart offers support to users which, in my opinion, matches any paid-for service. Simply fantastic! I cannot recommend Stewart's script highly enough and enthusiastically encourage all webmasters wishing to include a guest book on their web sites to give it serious consideration.

The links to commercial web sites found on this page are presented for information only and do not represent an endorsement of the goods or services being offered on those web sites. No financial remuneration is received for providing these links. Mick's Virtual Whistle remains entirely free of commercial interests.
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This page was last updated on 9th September,2015.
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