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Re: Penny Whistles

Poster: James and/or Nancy Gilly <KatieMorag@worldnet.att.net>

At 09:35 30-11-96 +0000, Alianora wrote:
>Most modern penny whistles are made of some combination of metal and
>plastic and are keyed in D; if you can get a *wooden* penny whistle keyed
>in C (such things exist, I have seen them) you will have something fairly
>close to a medieval flute.  Obviously the different keys mean different
>fingerings, so you would have to relearn those if you switched from a D to
>a C whistle.  The fingering of a soprano recorder would be closer to the C
>whistle, although the whistle lacks the thumbhole that a recorder has.  
>The House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, Maryland sometimes can 
>order wooden C whistles; I know people who have gotten them through that 

When we lived in Ireland you could go into some of the stores and buy penny
whistles in almost any key; I distinctly remember seeing F and G whistles.
I have found as a recorder player it was very hard to translate the recorder
fingerings onto the penny whistle.  (Could just be me. 8) )


James and/or Nancy Gilly

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