Tunes for low A and G whistles
I’m trying to give my fellow musicians some relief from the shrillness of my high D whistle. Maybe it’s just my way of playing it but I think some of them would rather listen to their own tinnitus, especially when I’m up in the second octave. Of course I could play more quietly or restrict myself to tunes within one octave, or try to become more adept on the low D whistle, but failing that I’m now transposing our regular tunes for the low A and low G whistles. It’s already making a big difference.
Below is a list of tunes I’ve transposed so far. Some settings sit very well on these instruments but others need tweaking a bit and in many cases it changes the character of the tune, particularly when the tune goes up and I have to drop down. I’m wondering if anyone can suggest other common session tunes that would fit these whistles? More tunes in A or Bm would be a blessing…
Atholl Highlanders(A), The Butterfly(Em), Calliope House(D), Cavers of Kircudbright(D), Da Greenland Man’s Tune(Em), Da Slockit Light(D), Drowsy Maggie(Em), Fig for a Kiss(Em),
Francis Aucoin(D), Go Mauve(Em), Green fields of Rossbeigh(Em),
Humours of Glendart(D), Jenny’s Chickens(Bm), Kid on the Mountain(Em), King of the Fairies(Em), Liberty((D), Lochaber Badger(Em), Longford Tinker(D), Maid Behind the Bar(D), Midnight on the Water(D), Morning Star(D), Morrison’s(Em), Muneira de Casu(D), Nordal Rumba(A), Paper Bird(Bm), Rachel Rae(D), Ramnee Ceilidh(D), Reel St Antoine(A), Rolling Wave (D), Sheila Coyle’s(Am), St Anne’s reel(D), St Kilda Wedding(D), Souter Creek(D), Trip to Pakistan(Em).
Ballydesmond Polka(Am), Brenda Stubbert’s(Am), Captain O’Kane(Am), Cliffs of Moher(Am), The Congress(Am), Dusty Windowsills(Am), Fanny Power(G), Fermoy Lasses(G), Flatbush Waltz(Am), Flatworld(Am), Gravel Walks(Am), Hogties(Am), Humours of Tullycrine(Am), Jimmy Ward’s(G), Kesh(G), Killarney Boys of Pleasure(Am), Islay Rant(Am), Lark in the Morning(Am), Marie’s Wedding(D), Merrily Kissed the Quaker(G), Mouse in the Mug (G), Muneira D’Anton(D), New Road to Alston(Am), O’Keeffe’s(Am), O’Neil’s Cavalcade, Pipe on the Hob(Am), Rakish Paddy (D), The Old Bush(Am), Red House(Am), Rocky Road to Dublin(G), Rose of Raby (Am), Sleep Sound Ida Mornin’(Am), Slieve Russell(Am), Sporting Paddy(G), The Swallowtail(Am), Tenpenny Bit(Am), Tie the Bonnet(Am), Tolka Polka(Am), Tripper’s Jig(Am).