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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful.
Love it. The end.
Let me preface this by saying that I'm completely musically retarded. Aside from an unfortunate bout with the violin in the fourth grade, I've never played an instrument. I can't read music. If I'm "playing music," you'd better believe it's off of my ipod.
That being said, this little creature just came to live with me. I don't have a good reason: I've been exploring different creative outlets lately, and I was feeling whimsical. And I liked Titanic.
The paint job is beautiful - sort of a subtly metallic dark sea foam green, if you can picture that. I'm a sucker for aesthetics, so the gold painted Celtic knot appealed to me as well. But the best part is.... I CAN PLAY THIS THING.
Ok, not really. I'm not playing Titanic music yet, or Danny Boy, or anything beyond Ode to Joy and Happy Birthday, but that's not the point. I can put my fingers on this little whistle and blow air into it and create nice sound patterns that I actually recognize as music. Simple music, but still. And it's FUN!
I'm not saying it's going to make you an over-night Musician of Awesomeness, but if you're just looking for something new to try, the investment is nominal, the whistle is relatively easy and did I mention it's fun? So much fun! Oh, and the best part is that it's small enough to throw in my purse. Hello, future pensive whistling sessions on green and windy hills!
(I don't really live near any green or windy hills, but the whistle kind of makes me think I might find some just around the corner.)
Sorry for being ridiculous - I just can't believe how much I'm enjoying this thing. If you're at all curious, just get one. It's imminently worth it, in my opinion.
476 of 490 people found the following review helpful.
Good Beginner Flute for a Cheap Price
By Honest Abe
[[VIDEOID:38917391]]I decided to add a video review to this page, to show how the flute sounds, rather than write it.
It has a nice tone, is a little shaky at points, but overall, a FANTASTIC buy for such a reasonable price!
I recommend to anybody who wants a new instrument. [...]
I did add reverb to this video to make it sound more... i don't know... hills of ireland-y :)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful. See all 467 customer reviews...
Great Introduction to the Tin Whistle
By Lynn B.
My first whistle was the Clarke Original, and I'm still a fan of its sweet and breathy sound. I really liked playing whistles, so I indulged and picked up a few different kinds. The Clarke Celtic (which is a Sweetone with a green paint job) has a really nicely shaped mouthpiece that feels more comfortable than others I've tried. It is less breathy sounding than the Clarke Original, but still has a chiffy/airy quality. The whistles I find myself playing the most are a Freeman D Bluebird and a Freeman Tweaked C Generation. They have a purer tone, compared to the Sweetone. I go back and forth as to what I prefer. The fun thing about whistles is they are pretty inexpensive to collect.
A few tips for new players - if the whistle is squeaking it's you, not the whistle. Make sure you make a good seal with the pad of your fingers (not your finger tips). If a hole is partially uncovered, you'll squeak. Put some lotion on if your skin is dry, it will help. The holes on a D whistle are pretty small, so it's really not that hard to get the hang of. I didn't have any squeaking issues, even as a beginner, but I played woodwinds for years. It seems like squeaking is something many struggle with.
Keep your grip light and relaxed. This whistle, like all conical bore Clarke whistles, has a seam in the tin at the back. If you find that seam bothersome, chances are your grip is entirely too hard. Whistles are very lightweight instruments and only need a light hold to be secure. If you find yourself unable to stand the seam, look into buying a Generation or Feadog whistle instead. Both of those brands make cylindrical bore whistles, with no seams.
Don't be surprised or frustrated if you have difficulty hitting the lowest notes or the highest ones. Some people have trouble sounding the low D (all fingers down), but the more common problem is that the second octave sounds like a shrill horrible dog whistle, or not even reachable. Give it a good month or two of practice. I have been playing about 2.5 months and I'm just now getting comfortable with the high A/B. Which is not to say it always sounds great, getting a nice tone in the upper octave will take even more practice.
If you are used to playing a woodwind, you might be surprised by how little air is needed to hit the notes in the lower register. If you are getting shrill notes or overtones, try backing off and blowing more gently. You'll need to push a bit harder to get the higher notes. Sometimes it's helpful to think of blowing "slowly" for low notes and "fast" for high notes.
I highly recommend the Bill Och's Clarke Tin Whistle book for beginners, and once you are about halfway through that, you can start on Ireland's Best Tin Whistle Tunes by Claire McKenna. I find it worthwhile to pay the extra couple bucks for the CD version, especially if you don't have access to a teacher.
The whistle is an instrument that you can learn pretty quickly and yet you can spend years mastering. It's great for kids and adults. If you're curious, just order it, it's pretty inexpensive and fun!