Tin Musician

tin whistle

What are you doing for Saint Patrick’s Day?  Or better yet what are you doing to prepare for Saint Patrick’s Day?  Why not learn a simple Irish ballad on the tin whistle to impress your friends at your local Irish pub.  Or teach your kids and turn them into the next Youtube sensation.  

The tin whistle is great instrument and don’t let its affordable price fool you.  It is also a serious instrument.  For under ten dollars you can pick one up at your local music store or get one from Amazon.  These are the ones we have.  It is very portable and you don’t have to worry so much about losing it or damaging it like you would, say, a violin.

It is also pretty easy to learn to play.  We have this instructional book and CD plus you can find lots of tutorials online.  I find video tutorials very helpful.  Here is a link to lesson one from the Irish Music Academy.  Also I found this tutorial for “Down by the Sally Gardens” which is easy to learn and a great one for your first pub performance!

Has the high cost of musical instruments and lessons kept you from introducing your child to music?  Why not consider the tin whistle.  It has a beautiful sound, it costs under ten dollars, and you can learn for free online!  But don’t forget to practice.  You have to practice.  I have no shortcut for that!

Need some inspiration?  How about a little Joanie Madden…

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  1. Wow that’s fast playing! 😀

    The Kid would love this.. he loves bagpipes and Irish tunes. Random, but his sister wants to move to Dublin someday.. I don’t know what it is about us and Ireland. 😉

    Thanks for linking up Ann!
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    • She is AMAZING! I love listing to Irish reels. I have never been to Dublin but my dad is from Kerry and I visited as a kid. Ireland is a magical and GREEN place!

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