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Learn to Play the Tin Whistle | Traditional Irish Style

Select from a range of popular Tunes and create your own virtual Tin Whistle music tutorial.
Full notation, fingering charts, animated MIDI and live audio hopefully make learning interactive, enjoyable and progress easier.

Key Features

Each tune listing on TinWhistle.ie contains staff and tin whistle fingering charts below. ABC tonic solfa notation is given below each tune.
A MIDI (digital) playback of the music accompanies the notation which tracks the notes above with an animated cursor in sync with the music.
Practice audio recordings are provided for many tunes – played at a slow pace adhering to the written notation.
Selected tunes incorporate audio recordings played at performance speed including typical ornamentation and variations.


Sample Tune: Saint Patrick’s Day

Played here on tin whistle/spoons


This set dance is traditionally played and danced to on St. Patrick’s Day – Ireland’s national holiday. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle in the 5th century. He famously banished snakes from the land. Legend has it that to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity (God, the son and the Holy Spirit) he picked a shamrock growing nearby and pointed out that it while it had three leaves they were all interconnected to one stem. The shamrock was subsequently adopted as their emblem by Irish people.


Why play the Tin Whistle?

  • Accessible entry into the creative and absorbing trad music art form.
  • Widely heard at traditional Irish music sessions throughout Ireland and elsewhere.
  • Has a unique sound – very suited to accompanying songs.
  • It is one of the most uncomplicated instruments to learn and is very versatile.
  • Featured by many bands performing traditional Irish music and other genres.
How this website is structured

Each tune listing contains staff notation with tin whistle fingering charts below. ABC tonic solfa notation is given below each tune.
A MIDI (digital) playback of the music is offered below the notation which tracks the notes on the staff with an animated cursor in sync with the music.
Practice audio recordings accompany each tune – played at a slow pace adhering to the written notation. On selected tunes audio is provided played at performance speed incorporating typical ornamentation and variations.